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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.

Widgen Peak

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.


There's Snow on Them Thar Hills

And the January 2015 Bulletin is avalable.

I love the smell of chainsaws in the morning

Sometimes a trail needs a little TLC and sometimes you need power tools to make it happen. (more photos...).

A Cycle Trip for Late July 2015

Yes, I know ... this likely seems a bit crazy to you, but most accommodations on this trip must be booked a full year in advance. So where are we going? Well .. this very scenic ride will encompass the coastline of both the Southern half of Washington and the Northern half of Oregon over 14 days, including a portion on the train!

There will only be 14 spots available on this trip due to logistics, and an advance deposit will be required to secure your place on this trip. If this cycle trip appeals to you please e-mail Chris Larson BEFORE July 25, 2014.

The Cycling Jerseys are a Hit

And it makes it easier for the trip leader to keep track of their flock. The jerseys have been spotted all over the world (more photos...).

Celebrating 40 Years of Outdoor Activity

Dianne Wharton has spent the last couple of years compiling the reflections and events that have occurred over the past 15 years since the 25th Anniversary book was published in 1998. The VOA 40th Anniversary is in PDF format and can be downloaded for viewing on your computer or tablet.

There's no printed version available from the club but you can take the PDF file to a printer like Staples (or do it online at staplescopyandprint.ca). The document is 220 pages and about $20 to print a black & white copy (the picture quality in B&W is ok, not great). Be sure to order double sided. You can order 3-hole punch paper or add a plastic or wire binding.

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience

Chad Neufelt of the University of Guelph did a questionaire of the user experience. It's feedback like that that directs the improvements in Provincial parks. You can read the results here: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience Questionnaire

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.


Dave has been organizing his pictures and added a little music. Check out his smilebox for

Updated Club Photos

Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site can be emailed to Hilmar.

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

(more photos...)
Sooke, BC - Galloping Goose Weekend
August 2 - 4, 2014

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Agassiz - Harrison - Seabird Island Loop
June 22, 2014

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Trail Talk

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 in 2014

The best trips take a lot of planning and lead time. Book those sick days now. Phone and e-mail information is in the July and October bulletins.

Hey! We're all out of trips for 2014.

Looking Ahead in 2015

Yes, it's time to start planning your 2015 adventures. Check the October bulletin for more information.

Annual Theatre Night at Langley Players Theatre

January 31, 2015 (7pm): This year's play is called Self Help, a comedy by Norm Foster.

Meet Hal and Cindy Savage, they are a couple of second-rate actors who long for a first-class life. They are tired of scratching out a meager living by pursuing their profession in second-rate theatres. The best thing they have is their love for each other. Cindy has an epiphany involving a self-help book after a bad night at yet another uninspiring dinner theatre. Before you know it, they re-invent themselves as all-knowing gurus of personal and professional development and are a runaway success. Mayhem begins as their lives unravel in this hilarious comedy.

Contact Chris Larson for more information.

Manning Mid-Week Cabin Getaway

March 4-6, 2015: A snowshoe/ski Get-away at Manning Park has been booked The cost will be $83-$104 per person depending on numbers. 3 cabins have been reserved and rooms will be assigned on a first come first serve basis with the private rooms designated for couples and the bunk rooms for singles. A deposit will be required by December 1st to secure your spot with full payment due on January 31st.

Contact Dianne Wharton for more information.

Hawaii Cycle Trip

November, 2015: How would you like to cycle the big island of Hawaii? I am planning on putting together a VOA trip with the Gabriola Cycle Touring Company during the first two weeks in November, 2015. This will be a 10 day cycle encircling the entire Big island. Right now I am just looking for an expression of interest. We need at least ten people to make this trip a go.

Contact Carole Chesham before the end of October, 2014 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 October or January 2015 bulletin.

December 21
Walk Christmas City Light Tours
Contact: John Sullivan
December 27
Black Mountain
Contact: Mike Stewart
December 31
Hike Annual New Year's Eve Night Hike - Burnaby Mountain
Contact: Jack Elsdon
January 1
Annual New Year's Day Hike at Bunzen Lake & Chinese Food Dinner
Contact: Alexis Elliot
January 3
Dog Mountain Full Moon Snowshoe
Contact: Chris Larson
Please RSVP for optional dinner beforehand if interested.
January 4
Minnekhada High Knoll
Contact: Terri Hayes

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


For more information about the great outdoors around Greater Vancouver check out thses 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.
Outdoor Vancouver is your guide to sports and recreation in Vancouver BC and the surrounding area. Find club listings, articles, trails, photos, maps and more covering a wide variety of activities.
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.