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Hiking and Russian Language in Belcarra Regional Park

Join us for a fun day of hiking and Russian language conversation at Belcarra Regional Park.
Please note that this hike will be moved to another day if the weather forecast on Friday shows rain for Saturday.

We'll do a combination of 2 most popular hikes in Belcarra: Jug Island & Admiralty point back to back. You are welcome to join us for both hikes or just the first one.
If you are driving, please indicate in the comments whether you can take passengers. If you are looking for a ride, please let everyone know. If you will need a ride to the park, it is up to you to arrange your ride by contacting the drivers. Passengers, please pay your drivers $10 for the gas if you are coming from Vancouver.

Please read the contents of this event below.

10:30 Gather at Belcarra Regional Park Picnic Area. We'll be meeting by the map stand on a large grassy lawn. My phone number is[masked]-4482.
We'll wait for 15 min for latecomers and will start hiking at 10:45.
It is a bit of a drive through the park, so if you don't see a clear sign for the picnic area, it means that you are not there yet.

Jug Island & Admiralty Point - Back to Back hikes
Time: 2.5 hours Jug Island + 1.5 hours Admiralty Point
Distance: 5.5 km + 5 km
Prepare to spend ~5 hrs in the park if you are doing both hikes. This includes the lunch time.

Elevation Gain: Please note that the Jug Island trail goes uphill and then downhill to the beach. Admiralty point trail is pretty much flat.

You will need to bring:
1. Hiking Boots
2. Sunscreen, rain gear
3. Nice big lunch and plenty of water

Descriptions of the trails:

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 1 hour
The trail to Jug Island Beach is located in Belcarra Regional Park in the quiet town of Belcarra. To get to Belcarra Regional Park from Vancouver, drive east along Hastings Street, continuing through Burnaby and merge with the Barnett Highway. Continue until you reach the traffic lights and turn left onto St. Johns Street. Drive east along St. Johns St. and turn left at the lights onto Ioco Road. Drive past the mall on the right and turn left at the 3rd set of traffic lights, onto Ioco Road. It seems strange being on Ioco and then turning left onto the same street name. At this light, going straight up the hill turns into a different street name, therefore you want to turn left and continue on Ioco Road.
Follow the road as it weaves along the shore passing many houses on both sides of the road. Turn right onto 1st Avenue and a short distance later when the road forks, go left onto Bedwell Bay Road. After passing Sasamat Lake on your right, you reach a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign and follow the winding road up hill, passing the yellow metal gate. Continue following this route until you finally descend into Bedwell Bay and arrive at the parking lot of Belcarra Regional Park.

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  • Thai T.

    If anyone enjoys hiking, I'm setting an event on August 17 to Joffre Lakes (a spectacular place in BC).

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Thai T.

    If anyone wants to see more photos than posted, the link is below and message me for the password.

    July 3, 2013

  • Thai T.

    I enjoyed the great company. I think I need to learn much more words in Russian. Listening to offset people's conversations seems to help.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Thai T.

      I am interested because I like other cultures, history, and Russian first because I am travelling to Ukraine this August. Between Ukrainian and Russian, I chose one that can be used in more places of the world.

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have a great trip!

      July 2, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Hi! Is this a group for learning Russian? I am of part Russian background myself, but I don't speak the language fluently by any means. I am working on it. And I would like to improve it. Is this a group made up of a mixture of native speakers and Russian language learners? I know there is a group specifically for people who speak Russian fluently and that is not for me yet.

    I attend Spanish and German meet ups and there are mixtures of native speakers and learners in those groups. These groups are really good, as they are good learning opportunities for both people learning English and for people learning another language. It works both ways. I am hoping there is a Russian version of this. - Rob

    July 2, 2013

    • Elena

      Hi Rob, yes we are a mixed group - both native speakers and language learners

      July 2, 2013

  • Elena

    Thanks so much for the pics Thai!! They are great:)

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We loved the hike to Jug Island and looking forward to join you guys for another hike in TriCity area.
    How was the hike to Admiralty Point?

    June 29, 2013

    • Elena

      The other hike was fun too, see you guys on the next hikes!

      June 30, 2013

  • Vicky C.

    Hi Elena is this a hiking trip? Will u be hanging out at anytime for lunch etc. would love to join minus the hike!

    June 26, 2013

    • Elena

      Hi Vicky, yes this is a hiking trip and we'll have lunch on the hikes so I don't think you'll be able to join us this time. We'll organize a picnic soon.

      June 27, 2013

  • Elena

    Car full, taking Victor & Nela

    June 25, 2013

  • Elena

    Stan and I can take 2 passengers on the way. Will be leaving from West 4 & Burrard, taking West 4 to East 1 to Highway 1.

    June 23, 2013

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