Let's do trail work & soak in amazing natural hotsprings in the wilderness

Come and join us for an adventure-work-trip to the natural Sloquet Hot Springs and help us clear a new trail so the native communities can have access and enjoy the spiritual site of their ancestors ones again!!!!! We have arranged FREE accomodations for those who want it in the guest house at the nearby native village of Tipella so everypne will have there own private room and access to a nice kitchen, showers, laundry etc. And we will stop by skookumchuck hotsprings for a soak, and maybe spend a night there too!

We depart Vancouver on Friday April 18th in the morning at 9am from the east end of the Safeway parking lot at Broadway and Commercial. We will return on Monday 21st in the evening. The trip from Vancouver to the Sloquet Hot Springs takes 4-5 hours.

We have some vehicles but will 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. But no guarantees so best to come prepared.

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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  • Mélanie

    Should i bring my camping gears just in case ?? Or is there enough space for everyone in the accomodation??

    April 16, 2014

    • Sonja

      bring your camping gear so we can camp out at Tsek / skookumchuck hot springs for a night. Also Michael has an extra spot in his car in case you want to save $ and catch a ride. I am driving wth somebody else

      April 17, 2014

    • Sonja

      Anton also has a space in his truck if 4 is too tight in your car. [masked]

      April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I have just literally signed up, and was wondering if there is another spot available for this weekend's trip? I live in Squamish. I appreciate that it is very late and may not be feasible! Thanks.

    April 16, 2014

    • Michael

      Trina I'd be happy to pick you up on the way email me with your location.

      April 16, 2014

    • Sonja

      bring your camping gear. we will be camping out at least one night at Tsek hotsprings also known as skookumchuck

      April 17, 2014

  • Jason B.

    Anyone leaving Sunday AM? I have to work in the afternoon. I am an active hiker and in good shape. My plans got canceled last minute so I am free to join.

    April 16, 2014

    • Jason B.

      But my car is clearly a city car

      April 16, 2014

    • andy m.

      Sorry not gonna work this weekend Jason. But we are going next weekend too. And the weekend after. But yoi gotta come for the fill trip cut it could be very hard to find us

      April 17, 2014

  • Michael

    Hi Sonja and Andy, I will be driving directly from Kits with Antonia and picking up Trina in Squamish.

    I won't be going to the rendezvous point on Commercial so I need to get directions to the hot springs. We can also do another rendezvous point down the road closer to the destination.

    Jayson if you want to ride with me send me an email with your location.

    April 17, 2014

    • andy m.

      That's 45 km south on the inshucks forestry road. There are big signs for it and the hot springs also known as Tsek

      April 17, 2014

    • andy m.

      That's 45 km south on the inshucks forestry road. There are big signs for it and the hot springs also known as Tsek

      April 17, 2014

  • Eagle C.

    so their is no more room or help available for this weekend..plz text me at[masked] so we can chat some more asap...eagleclaw

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Eagle C.

    Can someone email me or fastest way to reach me us to [masked]

    April 17, 2014

  • Michael

    Right now I have Trina and Antonia so there is room for one more in my car, send me and email if you want to ride with me.

    April 16, 2014

  • andy m.

    ok so i have Trina, Michael, Melanie as 100% and Antonia as a maybe. That is all the room Michael has in his truck so thats it. All others missed the boat unless another driver is found.

    April 16, 2014

    • Mélanie

      I'm gonna be driving my car so you can give my spot to someone else !!! cheers

      April 16, 2014

  • andy m.

    oh and trip cost will be about 1 tank of fuel per vehicle so occupants can work it out with drivers to divide that up among themselves.

    April 16, 2014

  • andy m.

    yes bring camping gear in case we go spend a night at Tsek Hot Springs Sunday night. We do have accomodations at Sloquet Hot Springs native village of TIPELLA. And weather looks promising

    April 16, 2014

  • Michael

    I have a high clearance vehicle (Pathfinder) and I can take up to three passengers.

    April 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be fantastic if I could get a ride! About what time do you think you would be through Squamish? I live close to the highway in Valleycliffe just as you get to Squamish. Or I could hike out to the highway, which is not far.

      April 16, 2014

  • Mélanie

    Hi Sonja, can I get to the site with a 2 wheel drive vehicule ?? (honda fit or suzuki sx4) Im not available to leave thursday night unfortunately...

    April 15, 2014

    • Sonja

      both those vehicles are fine for the trip. How many spaces do you have for others?

      April 15, 2014

    • andy m.

      oh and its fine re friday departure, nobody else can leave thirsday either so we are back rto the original plan for 9am friday at safeway at broadway and commercial. Weather looking better for the weekend!

      April 16, 2014

  • Sonja

    for those without camping gear....great news....we get FREE accomodations in the guest house at the local native aboriginal village of Tipella! So everyone will have there own room and access to a kitchen, showers and laundry! yay! We still need a couple more cars tho.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Sonja

    2 wheel drive vehicles are fine as long as they are not obviously "city cars". For example Melanie's Honda fit and Suzuki are fine. The weather last weekend was great and the hot pools were gorgeous! Weather for this next weekend is clearing and looking like no rain!
    Oh and it looks like we can stay in the nearby Native Village in which case we have a nice house and beds and a kitchen! Friday morning departure is fine and although we prefer folks to all head up together with us, Stephanie's idea about going up later in her own vehicle is fine

    April 15, 2014

  • stephanie

    I have a commitment in whistler on Saturday but I could join and work on Saturday night or Sunday /Monday. Anyone going for those two days that I could get a ride from?

    April 15, 2014

  • Sonja

    Please note: We will need extra trucks. Unfortunately, we will only have one truck available. Also, any chance we can leave Thursday evening instead of Friday morning?

    April 14, 2014

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