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Let's do trail work and relax in amazing wild Hot Springs April 11th-13th

Come and join us for an adventure-work-trip to the natural Sloquet Hot Springs and help us clear a new trail so Elders from the native communities can have access and enjoy the spiritual site of the ancestors ones again!!!!!


We depart Vancouver on Friday April 11th in the morning at 9am from the east end of the Safeway parking lot at Broadway and Commercial. We will return on Sunday 13thth in the evening. The trip from Vancouver to the Sloquet Hot Springs takes 4-5 hours.


We have some vehicles but may need more. We will be traveling on a gravel road, so vehicles will need decent clearance. All fuel expenses will be split between participants. Trailblazers will also have to bring their own food.


The hot water reaches the natural pools via a beautiful waterfall. All the pools are natural and adjacent to the raging and magnificent Sloquet River. It is a magical and beautiful place. The Hot Springs are in close proximity to the native village of Tipella - Xa'xtsa Nation. They are located in the traditional territory of Xa'xtsa and are a sacred place to the native people in the area, who recently took over the management of the Hot Springs and campsite. We will be camping at the Hot Springs campsite (fees will be waived) and be working on a trail right next to our temporary home. In the event of very wet weather conditions we may be able to stay in simple housing in the native village of Xa'xtsa - Tipella.


The trail itself has just been started and will need some significant clearing of debris and serious work on the actual trail tread.


You don’t need to be an expert to participate nor do you need any wilderness experience. We just need hard workers. It is an honour to be asked to help the native people in the area with this work so we expect our trailblazers to take it seriously.


Each day we will endeavor to work 6 hours on the trail which will connect the campsite with the Hot Springs but provide easier access. Indigenous People have used the site and area for over 10,000 years, thus, there is a possibility we will uncover artifacts during our work and it is crucial to report all such findings. And after our hard days of work we will soak our muscles in the hot water pools, before cooking our dinner over the campfire.


The campground does not have water, but the water of the Sloquet river is suitable for drinking. It is recommended to bring large water jugs. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring, place for a tent and drive in vehicle access. There are outhouses in the campsite. It is unlikely to come across bears in the campsite and surrounding area, but we have spotted our first bear family of the season this previous weekend travelling on the road on our way back. So,pPlease read “camping in bear country” and other camping related safety literature before you arrive (bear and other camping safety literature available at BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Recreation website www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca)


Bring clothing suitable to get dirty and wet. Bring several changes of clothing, a swimsuit for the hot springs, rain gear, fire wood and camping equipment. It is a mountainous environment so the weather can be unpredictable. Bring warm weather clothing in case it gets cold. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and work gloves. We will be providing all the tools for the trail work itself. 

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  • Eagle C.

    I emailed u back....we want to help out

    April 17, 2014

  • Christine M.

    I'm in +1 !

    April 11, 2014

  • Eagle C.

    Can the organizer email me plz as I don't know how to reply [masked]

    April 10, 2014

    • Sonja

      I wrote you a few messages yesterday but havent heard back. Are you still coming?

      April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found this group, I hope to join you next time.

    April 10, 2014

  • Laura

    I RSVP as no because I'd like to get some more information before letting the organizer know I'll be able to attend.

    1. An estimate of the amount of money that will be needed to buy fuel.
    2. I have a camping tent for 2 - 3 people, no sleeping bag however. I've camped without a sleeping bag before, although if someone could provide one, it'd be helpful in terms of spacing. In case someone would like to, I'll be happy to share my camping tent.

    No more inquiries so far.

    April 9, 2014

    • Sonja

      Fuel costs will depend on the number of people in the vehicle, it s[masked]km round trip, so maybe round $30 or something like that...As for camping gear, please remember that nights are still pretty cold and there is still snow up there close to the campsite, although the roads are clear. So if you dont have sleeping bags, bring enough warm blankets etc.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Laura

      Thank you

      April 9, 2014

  • Eagle C.

    Nope can't make it...sorry maybe next time

    April 9, 2014

    • Sonja

      That is too bad...but we are going to do these trips every weekend throughout the summer, so maybe it ll work out on one of the future trips?

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • TK B.

    It looks like I will be driving up. I have a pickup and room to carry gear, but room for one more person only. (Note that it's the middle seat in a pickup!)

    I am planning to leave in the afternoon, hopefully following another vehicle going up at about 3:30 from the North Shore.

    [masked]

    April 9, 2014

    • Sonja

      Sounds great. We will see you some time Friday at Sloquet. :-)

      April 9, 2014

  • Eagle C.

    Me and other First Nations member want to come out and help....we need help with camping supplies and gear if we [masked]

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • TK B.

    This sounds really great, but I cannot come up until mid day Friday. Is that possible?

    April 7, 2014

    • Sonja

      We have one truck leaving in the afternoon on friday with still 2 seats available if you want to take advantage of that?

      April 8, 2014

    • TK B.

      That sounds possible. What time are you leaving?

      April 8, 2014

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