The Valley Outdoor Association (VOA) was formed in 1973 by a small group of
people intent on experiencing and sharing their love for the outdoors. We are a
small club of approximately 300 adult members, and are loosely based in the
Fraser Valley (if you wandered here from Google, that's near Vancouver, BC).
Members hail from all over the Lower Mainland, with the majority being from Burnaby,
Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey & White Rock.
Our club offers a wide variety of weekend activities for all fitness and experience
levels. There's also an active group of mid-week hikers if you have the time.
Destinations are ad hoc with the group picking next week's hike over coffee and
ice cream after a hike. Birthday people get an extra vote! Wednesday is the most
popular day with one of more groups heading out to enjoy the day together.
We're also on Facebook at Valley Outdoor Association.
A schedule of activities is mailed to members
every 3 months.
The VOA is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia,
(the FED or FMCBC), along with 22 other outdoor clubs in BC. Together we all represent
the interests of non-mechanized outdoor activities throughout British Columbia and address
mountain trails and wilderness access for all. Our combined interests are for recreation,
conservation, outdoor uses, outdoor education and safety for British Columbians.
It's time to get outside before the snow flies
because the October bulletin is available.
VOA Jerseys Around the World
Valley Outdoor is going international. Send me pictures of your jersey as you travel
Now on Facebook
Some members are now posting on Facebook and sharing on the
Valley Outdoor Association page.
Paul has added pictures from
Check out other pictures from Paul and Keith at Valley Outdoor Association.
Updated Club Photos
Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site and can be emailed
to Hilmar. Several members
are posting on the VOA Facebook page.
3 Brothers Backpack
Having considered this backpack for a few years now, we
decided to put this trip out to the Wednesday North Group
and found 2 club members willing to accompany us on this
adventure. The weather was warm, clear and sunny during the
day, crisp at night and the moon was on the cusp of being
Mount Slesse Work Party
Another VOA work party on the Slesse memorial trail was
conducted August 27, 2016. There were 12 VOA members in
attendance along with six members
from the Chilliwack Outdoor club. This was the first time
we were able to work on the trail as the road had been washed
out earlier in the year.
Jack Elsdon called himself Lonesome Jack, and he was
certainly a free spirit, but he didn't lack friends.
Whether or not you were fortunate to know Jack, every
member of the Valley Outdoor Association owes
him a great debt for his leadership, experience and
The best trips take a lot of planning and lead time. Book those sick days
now. There's a lot going on so you might have to quit your job. Phone and e-mail information
is in the October bulletin.
Leavenworth Holiday Christmas Lights Tour
Saturday December 4:
December is a most wonderful time of the year ... when the
quaint Bavarian town of Leavenworth becomes a Village of
Lights (over half a million of them!) and holiday cheer
We will spend the afternoon wandering through
Leavenworth, taking in the performances at the Front Street
Gazebo (including hand bell choirs, a Dixie band, solo artists &
some of the best choirs in the Pacifi Northwest), numerous carolers,
roasted chestnuts, the traditinal Gluhwein Tent
(selling hot spiced wine and cider - YES!) costumed Christmas
characters (including Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Father Christmas),
and the Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 pm before heading
back home on our Christmas coach.
Transportation by Luxury Coach with potluck appies & drinks
on board, lots of holiday cheer, singsongs, games and GREAT
COMPANY! All are welcome - so feel free to invite your
friends to this event. Approximate cost of $40 p/p round-trip
based on bus transport.
A deposit of $20 p/p by Saturday Sept 4 is required to secure
your spot (limited space) on the bus.
Contact Terri Hayes for more information.
For more information about an event contact the trip leader. Don't
wait until the night before to call.
Updated phone and e-mail information for events is in
and October bulletins.
|Lake Ann, Mount Baker
Contact: Alan Meggy
Border Id required.
|Silver Lake, USA
Contact: Dave Heatherington
Border Id required.
|Friday September 30
Sunday October 2
|Manning Park - Mount Frosty & Skyline II
Contact: Alexis Elliot or Chris Larson
Options include outdoor camping (contact Alexis Elliott) or indoor shared accomodations in a chalet (contact Chris Larson)
|Discovery Trail, Abby
Contact: Julie & Darrell
at 6:30 pm
||Annual General Meeting at Sullivan Hall
Contact: Rodney Edwards
Sullivan Hall, 6306 152nd Street, Surrey
|Cranberry Festival Ride
Contact: Carole Chesham
|Grading of Hiking & Snowshoeing Trips
||Grading of Cycling Trips
|A - up to 500 m
||1 - up to 10 km
||A - mostly level
||1 - 40 to 50 km
|B - 500 - 1000 m
||2 - 10 to 20 km
||B - some hills
||2 - 50 to 70 km
|C - over 1000 m
||3 - over 20 km
||C - mostly hills
||3 - over 70 km
For more information about the great outdoors around Greater Vancouver check out these sites:
||The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC is a
federation of outdoor recreation clubs representing most regions of British Columbia. Individual
members are also welcome to support our work. By working together we are more able to protect
British Columbia’s spectacular mountains and wilderness areas for our future generations to experience.
VOA is a member of the FMCBC.
||ClubTread is an online community dedicated
to the outdoors. They are a group of outdoors enthusiasts who get together online to
share ideas, trip reports, photographs, and advice. Our message board is one of the
primary methods to communicate with others, plan trips, and talk gear.
||Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated
to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy
wildlife and habitat by:
- informing and educating Canadians;
- advocating responsible human actions; and
- representing wildlife on conservation issues.
||Bivouac.com is the Canadian Mountain
Encyclopedia. It provides maps, trails, trip reports, road bulletins and photos
for hiking and mountaineering. It covers all of Canada and the USA.