Oliver Tour

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.

Juan De Fuca Trail

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.


Spring is in the Air

And you should be outside because the April bulletin is available.

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.

Christmas Open house at Rodney's
December 6, 2015

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Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail
September 12 - 18, 2014

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Sooke, BC - Galloping Goose Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2014

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Trail Talk

Lonesome Jack

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 contribution. more photos...

Elsay Lake Backback

Alan, Alexis, Mike and Dianne set off with their usual heavy packs for an overnight stay at Elsay Lake. It was nice and cool in the parking lot but as the day progressed it became quite warm. Luckily, there was enough shade to protect the group from the heat. Continue reading...

Peddle & Paddle Trip

When you think of cycling the Saanich Peninsula you may think of the Lockside Trail - a nice easy route. But - oh no - we hardy twelve cyclists wheeled along the hilly, picturesque oceanside route instead! Continue reading...

Fort Langley - Campbell Valley Cycle

We led a cycle trip May 10. The weather was perfect with a thin overcast and temperature of 20 degrees.

We had about 20 people for the ride so we split it in two with Christine leading one group and me leading the other. The route took us from the Walnut Grove Community Centre south past the Langley airport, up the hill then east and north to the Otter co-op for lunch. We came back via 264 street and Fort Langley. About a dozen people came to our place afterward for refreshments.

Overall, a great day!

Murray McDonald

Galiano Hike

On Saturday, April 11, eighteen happy hikers boarded the Mayne Queen, cruising to the "exotic" Gulf Island of Galiano led by our trusty "Captain" Rodney Edwards. OK, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but there was no exaggerating our stellar day beginning with the dark curtain of clouds parting to reveal blue skies bathed in sunshine. Upon disembarking, our first port of call was Bluff Park but a sweet little bay at the foot of a flight of stairs beckoned us down. Half of us took the bait and succumbed to the warmth of the driftwood-strewn beach leaving the others to patiently wait for our return. Continue reading...

Cherry Blossom Cycle

The Cherry Blossom cycle took place despite dire forecasts for heavy rain and the possibility of very few blossoms still being out there due to our very mild winter and early spring weather. It was a joint activity for both VOA and North Shore Hikers (NSH) members. We had 5 participants from VOA and 4 from NSH. As it was not raining at the start time the cycle went ahead. Continue reading...

Backpacking the Hudson Bay Heritage Trail

Mid September, 4 of us ventured out to do a section of the recently upgraded 50 km cross over route that followed the old Hudson Bay Trail. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company with the help of local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake. Continue reading...

Darrell is lost on the Appalachian Trail


But he still has Internet access and is with John and Sandy and some new friends. You can follow Darrell's travels at Darrell on the AT.

Looking Ahead

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 January bulletin.

Cycle Olympic Peninsula/Discovery Trail WA

Saturday May 21 - Monday May 23: This is a 2-night motel trip, rated moderate.
Saturday: Swartz Bay-Victoria via Lockside Trail, Coho ferry to Port Angeles; motel overnight in Port Angeles.
Sunday: Discovery Trail-Sequim waterfront route; motel overnight. Return by dinner time Monday.

Contact Carole Chesham or Chris Larson for more information.

Cycle Summer Camp

Saturday June 25: For those interested in going over to Duncan a day early there is a PRE actiity on the morning of Saturday June 25 kayaking the protected waters of Cowichan Bay. Rentals are available.

Please contact Rodney or Chris Larson for further information and please clarify single or double kayak request.

Saturday June 25 - Wednesday June 29: Open to all! This years' hub & spoke car camp is in Duncan where we will have 3 days of guided multi level cycles. All are welcome to join. Contact Rodney Edwards or Chris Larson for more information.

Motel: Limited indoor accommodatins in Super 8 Motel. Rooms are priced as 1 Q $87.20 and 2 D are $95.20 plus taxes, with a contiental breakfast & bike storage included. Camping: Tenting, camper vans & all RV sites are booked at Riverside Campground.

Prices as follows:
$30.00 per night for RVs with full hookup and camping
$12.00 per person per night for those with camper vans and sleeping vehicles not requiring hookup camping cost apply. ($12.00 p/n, p/person)
To secure booking payment required;

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY ADD-ON: "Foot Loose" The Musical theatre production presented by the popular professional Chemanis Theatre Festival is playing on the evening of Sat June 25. Please contact Chris by Sunday, Jan 3, 2016 if you'd like to book a ticket. It is a 20-min drive from Duncan to the seaside town of Chemanis and the show will be from 8:00 - 10:15 pm.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Cycle Southern Vancouver Island Loop Tour

Wednesday June 29 - Sunday July 3: This is a 4-night, 5 day cycle TOUR & walk add-on. We will leave directly from Duncan aftr the car camp completes on Wed. This trip is limited to 12 people based on shared accommodation restrictions and is rated "intermediate". $160.00 p/p will be required to secure spot which is total cost of 3 (of 4) night accommodatins.

We will cycle from Duncan and our first night will be at the Honeymoon Bay Resort, the next two nights will be in Port Renfrew at Trailhead Resort, and the final night in Sooke at the Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort. This is a newly paved route to the wildly beautiful west coast village of Port Renfrew, known as the "big tree capital of Canada". We will explore the world famous Avatar Grove where Canada's gnarliest tree is located, and where many of the world's largest trees grow.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Hiking Summer Camp

Wednesday July 13 - Monday July 18: Open to all! The Coquihalla area offers some exceptional multilevel hiking. Hikes range from easy trails around lakes, the Trans Canada Trail to the Othello Tunnels ,and many more challenging climbs summiting one (or two) of the many wonderous peaks and/or ridges in the area. Come and join in the fun of exploring this excellent area so close to the city. There are camping and motel accommodations available just outside Hope.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Big Sky Montana Hike & Cycle Adventure

Friday July 29 - Sunday August 7: This is a 10-day multi activity trip where we will CYCLE White Fish, West Glacier, Bigfork & Kalispell loop; HIKE West Glacier Park & Whitefish Mountain Resort including the Many Glacier boat Tour over Swiftcurrent Lake and Josephine Lake to walk on the Grinnel Glacier. This trip is rated "intermediate", limited to 12 people and a deposit will be required to secure your spot.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Mayne Island Paddle

Saturday August 13 - Tuesday August 16: This year's paddle trip has been changed to Mayne Island. Indoor accommodatins are at the Blue Vista Cottges. Prices are approx. $60.00 p/n, p/p. Outdoor accommodatins are down the road at Mayne Island Camping. Prices are $20.00 p/n, p/p.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Upcoming Events

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 the April bulletin.

May 21
Pierce Lake
Contact: Mike Stewart
Saturday May 21
Monday May 23
Cycle Tour
Olympic Penninsula
Contact: Chris Larson & Carole Chesham
May 28
Coquitlam Crunch & Brunch
Contact: Lional Jackson
May 29
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows
Contact: Shirley Nelson & Nichole Christenson
May 29
Alder Flats via East - West Canyon Route
Contact: Dianne Wharton
Sunday May 29
Wednesday June 1
Cycle Tour
Victoria - Saturna Island
Contact: Carole Chesham
(Fully Loaded)
June 2
General Meeting General Meeting & Potlock
Contact: Rodney Edwards
At Sullivan Hall (6306 152nd Street, Surrey)
June 4
Haywood Lake Reservoir Trail
Contact: Carole Chesham
June 4
Easy Cycle Richmond "Open Doors" Cultural Crawl
Contact: John Turchak
June 5
Minnekhada Park
Contact: Urszula Jedrzejczyk
June 5
Birch Bay
Contact: Trudy Deaton & Alexis Elliot

Grading of Hiking & Snowshoeing Trips Grading of Cycling Trips
Elevation Gain: Distance: Elevation Gain: Distance:
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


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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.