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COOC REQUIRES ALL PARTICIPANTS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED.

All members and all Leaders must be fully Covid-19 vaccinated to participate in events. Leaders may ask for proof of vaccination at their events. Please observe social distancing. Carpooling is strongly discouraged. Drivers may ask for proof of vaccination. Group activities during the Covid-19 pandemic are risky. The choice is yours to participate or not.

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Please note:  we may ask for a $10 donation from time to time, to cover club expenses. Any excess club funds will be donated to trails/wilderness causes. Please do not send money unless there is a club-wide notice to do so.

The original hiking club was founded in 1997 when a few like-minded folks started hanging out and chugging their way up some of the local slopes. Through time, the club morphed into an informal group of 40+ (age that is) outdoor enthusiasts, arranging activities that include hiking, biking, downhill and cross-country ski, backpack and snowshoeing in the Kelowna area and beyond.

Today, we are still informal and gather occasionally to hash out ideas for adventure. Now however, Meetup is used to create and share events and trips. Most hikes/bikes etc. are local and inexpensive.

Sometimes, a brave soul will organize something further afield for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks.

If you want to find out more, send an email to:
news@CentralOkanaganOutdoorsClub.ca

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Upcoming events (4)

XC Skiing - Kelowna Nordic Intermediate Trails

Needs a location

We'll start from the Kallis parking lot at 9:30, taking several blue trails for a total of about 15km. The actual trails will depend upon the trail conditions & weather. The pace will be moderate and geared for intermediate skiers. Bring water and light snacks, as we'll take short breaks on the trails. For non members of Kelowna Nordic, the trail fee is $15 and there is a drop box at the start of the trail. The Kallis lot is the 1st parking lot, on the RHS of Hwy 33, a few hundred metres past the Big White Road (go slow as is not marked & easy to miss). Meet by the trail.

Bedford Trails to Spring Lake (snowshoe)

Lordco Auto Parts

This is an 8-10 km snowshoe with about 250 metres of elevation. It could be up to 4 hours duration, depending on trail conditions. I would classify it as an intermediate snowshoe. Meet at Lordco on the west side at 9:30 (see map pin) and we will convoy to the trailhead on Brenda Mines Road. Not looking to carpool because of Covid. Participants should have at least all-wheel drive and good snow tires because Brenda Mines Road was pretty messy last week.

Silverstar Park Snowshoe (access via Sovereign Lake XC)

Needs a location

A steep climb up to the communications tower and then a nice long loop back via Finntastic and Moose or Perimeter Trails. Best suited for fit intermediate participants that have been regularly snowshoeing this season. Distance around 7-8 km and elevation gain of perhaps 300 meters. Estimated time of 2.5 hours. Meet at the upper snowmobile parking lot. Directions are to take the Sovereign Lake turnoff, proceed almost to the XC parking lot then turn right at the fork signed Snowmobile Parking (Repeater Road) and drive a further 8oo meters up to the lot. Park in the designated snowshoe parking zone. No tickets or passes required, this area is outside of the Sovereign Boundary.
https://bcparks.ca/explore//parkpgs/silver_star/silver-star-snowshoe-trails-map.pdf

BIG WHITE SNOWSHOE

Big White Ski Resort

I hosted this event 2 years ago and it was fun. Just getting to experience Big White when one is not a skier is a plus to begin with. Lets hope the snow conditions are good.

Since carpooling is not recommended, I would suggest you plan to get there on your own, or with someone you are used to driving with. From Hwy 97 turn onto Hwy 33 and continue past Black Mountain, Joe Rich, etc, Until you come to the turn off to Big White ( well marked). We will meet at the Happy Valley parking lot / cafeteria. That is where you will purchase your ticket. It should take a good hour from Kelowna and longer from the West side, so plan your time carefully as to not be late. There are not many trails but the one we were on would have been intermediate with a lot of climbing. It is marked in black on the map.

Bring your lunch and we will eat in the Cafeteria or in the little warming hut close to the end of the trail. Any info and maps may be found on the Big White website. If you are not sure about certain things just post below and I will do my best to answer.

Madeleine 😊

Past events (188)

SNOWSHOE SOVEREIGN LAKE ….. VERNON BC

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

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