What we're about

Welcome to Cows! Canada Outdoor World Seekers (COWS), started in Ontario in 2009 (http://www.meetup.com/Canada-Outdoor-World) and expanded to Alberta in 2014 and British Columbia in 2018, is a very active group focusing mainly on outdoor activities. We encourage you to join and enjoy our varied adventures such as hiking, international trips, etc.

As a group, we have adopted the following COWmandments:

1. You shall be fun and positive and be open-minded about yourself and other COWS. You shall leave your personal and/or professional issues at home or at work.

2. We encourage you to log in to our website at least once every 90 days to keep your account active.

3. You shall bring a guest(s) to one event for free and include his/her name(s) when you RSVP. If your guest wishes to attend future COWS events, please have them register as a member of COWS.

4. All of our organizers are volunteers whose passion is the outdoors and having fun. We do not do this for a living.

5. Honor and respect your RSVP commitment. "Yes"means "Yes". Late cancellations, within 24 hours of the event, shall be marked as No Show at the discretion of the Event Host.

6. "No Shows" are taken seriously. Three "No Shows" removes you from the herd. Once removed for "No Shows", you may re-apply for membership six months from your removal date. If removed a second time, you have to wait 12 months to re-join.

7. You shall not contact ‘Holy Cow’ to report other members unless you feel threatened or harassed.

8. You shall contact drivers directly for rides. Cows Inc. does not arrange carpooling. Please respect your fellow Cow's car. Bring an extra pair of shoes so as not to dirty your fellow Cow's car after a muddy or wet hike. You will take your trash with you when you leave the vehicle. Do not expect your driver to clean up after you.
Once you are accepted by a driver as part of his carpool, you must honor that commitment. Do not cancel carpooling at the last minute and leave the driver with no time to look for your replacement. If you do, please be courteous and considerate by paying your share of the carpool, even if you are no longer attending the event. Last-minute cancellation for carpooling is no less than one week before the event.

9. You will be responsible for your own safety. You are expected to follow the COWS hiking safety guidelines and the event organizers' rules. At no time will you put yourself nor any COW at risk during any COWS hike or outdoor event.

10. You shall not ruin your fellow Cows' fun time. You shall not make negative comments about another member nor tarnish anyone's reputation. Neither will you say anything negative about your fellow Cow’s religion, race, colour or beliefs.

Your profile picture
Your main profile picture needs to be a very bright and clear picture of your face, large enough so that organizers and members can recognize you at meet-ups or carpooling pick-ups.

Your COWS' name

Please use a name using the English alphabet. Do not use a name that starts with an ampersand, a squiggle, or any other character that will make searching your name difficult. Because we may have several members with the same name, your last name can start with your initial. For example, Donna R. or David P or David Peer. Avoid nonsense names such as The Phantom for example, single letter names, capital letter names such as, RDJ or some such combination.

Disclaimer: Cows Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation and by rsvping to the events, you assume responsibility for you own safety and are bound by the terms of our waiver. See link for more waiver details. Waiver form (http://files.meetup.com/17038482/WaiverMember.pdf)

Upcoming events (5)

⛷ Learn to ski (Classes at Mt. Seymour 🏔)

Mt Seymour Resort

Ok if you're new to Vancouver like me or haven't had the opportunity to learn to ski in the past, this is your opportunity to throw ego and fear out the window and finally learn! As promised, I'm creating an event to join me in learning to ski. I have signed up for ski classes on Mt. Seymour for January and there are 5 more spots in the same class. If you're interested in learning to ski and want some non-judgmental company, let's do it! Also you'll have the joy of watching a dude that grew up in the Caribbean flop all over the side of a mountain while trying to stay upright on skis. 😁 Here are the details for the class I signed up for: ⛷ Adult Camp (Ski) - Winter A Sat 📆 Saturdays: Jan 9 - Feb 6 🕜 1:30 PM 🏔 Mt. Seymour Link to sign up for classes: https://mtseymour.ca/adultlessons The good news is that we can request to be part of the same class (Limit of 7, I believe and 5 spots are left). The adult classes are $463, however by the time you add in the lift and rentals the cost can definitely increase close to $760 for all 5 days. ⚠️ When you are signing up for the classes, there is a spot where you can request friends who you want to be in class with. The screen has 4 columns. Put my name into the third column. Once you have signed up, join the event here and I'll coordinate with Mt. Seymour to make sure we're in the same classes every Saturday. I can drive and take 3 passengers every Saturday. Important, if it isn't abundantly clear by now: I am not teaching skiing, but also part of the class. COWS West is not associated with Mt. Seymour Resort in any way. It's just a convenient place that offers skiing classes and they have 5 spots left. =================================================================== ✅ RSVPs: Please also note that there are no "Guests". All skiers must be a member of this meetup and RSVP to this event. You are *required* to answer the question when signing up for this hike. I assume no answer means no. 🚨Safety notes: ❶ You are solely responsible for your own safety, this includes driving to/from the event ⚙️Required gear: ❓I don't know. We'll figure this one out. 🦠 COVID-19: While this is an outdoor activity and the general consensus is that there is an incredibly small chance of catching COVID-19 while participating in outdoor activities, you should recognize that doesn't mean it is impossible to do so. You are encouraged to take all precautions you want to feel comfortable hiking as part of a small group. 😷 Wearing a mask to hike is totally acceptable. Organizers are not responsible for protecting your health and cannot guarantee that you'll not be exposed to the virus. 🚙 Carpooling: While we encourage carpooling to reduce our environmental impact. However use of masks while driving is recommended to mitigate risks of spreading COVID-19. In addition Interac email transfer is a safe, contact free way to send your driver gas money. Please only plan carpools if you're confirmed as going (Waitlist doesn't count). 🐻 Wildlife safety: Human beings are the apex predator on this planet, but this doesn't mean that wild animals do not pose a threat to your safety. Feeding bears is illegal and anyone discovered feeding bears in this group will be unceremoniously kicked out, banned for life and reported to the authorities. It is expected that all hikers know what to do in the event of a bear encounter. (Don't run, back away calmly staying close to others and trying to appear large all while giving bear a lot of space to escape. Look in the eye and speak to it non-aggressively telling it to go away) Bear spray is always a wise item to keep handy. 🆕 New Members: If you haven't hiked with me before, send me a message on Meetup saying hello so I can introduce myself and we can make sure you're ready to have a great time in the mountains!

Evening XC Skiing at Cypress

Cypress Mountain Hollyburn Nordic Area

Let's go and do some XC skiing in Cypress mountain. The trail pass is only $25 for evening. You can also rent XC skis if you don't have your own. Here is the link for more info: https://cypressmountain.com/cross-country-skiing. We will meet sharp at 2:45pm at the Nordic parking lot. Please note that this is a weather dependent event. No clear skies, no event. Things to bring: -Water, snacks, change of clothing -Good heart Please note that this is a Covid safe event. If you have any symptoms, stay home. If you don't, you are welcome to join with safe distance and optional masks. I can give a ride to 3 people from downtown as long as you put your mask on.

⛷ Learn to ski (Classes at Mt. Seymour 🏔)

Mt Seymour Resort

Ok if you're new to Vancouver like me or haven't had the opportunity to learn to ski in the past, this is your opportunity to throw ego and fear out the window and finally learn! As promised, I'm creating an event to join me in learning to ski. I have signed up for ski classes on Mt. Seymour for January and there are 5 more spots in the same class. If you're interested in learning to ski and want some non-judgmental company, let's do it! Also you'll have the joy of watching a dude that grew up in the Caribbean flop all over the side of a mountain while trying to stay upright on skis. 😁 Here are the details for the class I signed up for: ⛷ Adult Camp (Ski) - Winter A Sat 📆 Saturdays: Jan 9 - Feb 6 🕜 1:30 PM 🏔 Mt. Seymour Link to sign up for classes: https://mtseymour.ca/adultlessons The good news is that we can request to be part of the same class (Limit of 7, I believe and 5 spots are left). The adult classes are $463, however by the time you add in the lift and rentals the cost can definitely increase close to $760 for all 5 days. ⚠️ When you are signing up for the classes, there is a spot where you can request friends who you want to be in class with. The screen has 4 columns. Put my name into the third column. Once you have signed up, join the event here and I'll coordinate with Mt. Seymour to make sure we're in the same classes every Saturday. I can drive and take 3 passengers every Saturday. Important, if it isn't abundantly clear by now: I am not teaching skiing, but also part of the class. COWS West is not associated with Mt. Seymour Resort in any way. It's just a convenient place that offers skiing classes and they have 5 spots left. =================================================================== ✅ RSVPs: Please also note that there are no "Guests". All skiers must be a member of this meetup and RSVP to this event. You are *required* to answer the question when signing up for this hike. I assume no answer means no. 🚨Safety notes: ❶ You are solely responsible for your own safety, this includes driving to/from the event ⚙️Required gear: ❓I don't know. We'll figure this one out. 🦠 COVID-19: While this is an outdoor activity and the general consensus is that there is an incredibly small chance of catching COVID-19 while participating in outdoor activities, you should recognize that doesn't mean it is impossible to do so. You are encouraged to take all precautions you want to feel comfortable hiking as part of a small group. 😷 Wearing a mask to hike is totally acceptable. Organizers are not responsible for protecting your health and cannot guarantee that you'll not be exposed to the virus. 🚙 Carpooling: While we encourage carpooling to reduce our environmental impact. However use of masks while driving is recommended to mitigate risks of spreading COVID-19. In addition Interac email transfer is a safe, contact free way to send your driver gas money. Please only plan carpools if you're confirmed as going (Waitlist doesn't count). 🐻 Wildlife safety: Human beings are the apex predator on this planet, but this doesn't mean that wild animals do not pose a threat to your safety. Feeding bears is illegal and anyone discovered feeding bears in this group will be unceremoniously kicked out, banned for life and reported to the authorities. It is expected that all hikers know what to do in the event of a bear encounter. (Don't run, back away calmly staying close to others and trying to appear large all while giving bear a lot of space to escape. Look in the eye and speak to it non-aggressively telling it to go away) Bear spray is always a wise item to keep handy. 🆕 New Members: If you haven't hiked with me before, send me a message on Meetup saying hello so I can introduce myself and we can make sure you're ready to have a great time in the mountains!

⛷ Learn to ski (Classes at Mt. Seymour 🏔)

Mt Seymour Resort

Ok if you're new to Vancouver like me or haven't had the opportunity to learn to ski in the past, this is your opportunity to throw ego and fear out the window and finally learn! As promised, I'm creating an event to join me in learning to ski. I have signed up for ski classes on Mt. Seymour for January and there are 5 more spots in the same class. If you're interested in learning to ski and want some non-judgmental company, let's do it! Also you'll have the joy of watching a dude that grew up in the Caribbean flop all over the side of a mountain while trying to stay upright on skis. 😁 Here are the details for the class I signed up for: ⛷ Adult Camp (Ski) - Winter A Sat 📆 Saturdays: Jan 9 - Feb 6 🕜 1:30 PM 🏔 Mt. Seymour Link to sign up for classes: https://mtseymour.ca/adultlessons The good news is that we can request to be part of the same class (Limit of 7, I believe and 5 spots are left). The adult classes are $463, however by the time you add in the lift and rentals the cost can definitely increase close to $760 for all 5 days. ⚠️ When you are signing up for the classes, there is a spot where you can request friends who you want to be in class with. The screen has 4 columns. Put my name into the third column. Once you have signed up, join the event here and I'll coordinate with Mt. Seymour to make sure we're in the same classes every Saturday. I can drive and take 3 passengers every Saturday. Important, if it isn't abundantly clear by now: I am not teaching skiing, but also part of the class. COWS West is not associated with Mt. Seymour Resort in any way. It's just a convenient place that offers skiing classes and they have 5 spots left. =================================================================== ✅ RSVPs: Please also note that there are no "Guests". All skiers must be a member of this meetup and RSVP to this event. You are *required* to answer the question when signing up for this hike. I assume no answer means no. 🚨Safety notes: ❶ You are solely responsible for your own safety, this includes driving to/from the event ⚙️Required gear: ❓I don't know. We'll figure this one out. 🦠 COVID-19: While this is an outdoor activity and the general consensus is that there is an incredibly small chance of catching COVID-19 while participating in outdoor activities, you should recognize that doesn't mean it is impossible to do so. You are encouraged to take all precautions you want to feel comfortable hiking as part of a small group. 😷 Wearing a mask to hike is totally acceptable. Organizers are not responsible for protecting your health and cannot guarantee that you'll not be exposed to the virus. 🚙 Carpooling: While we encourage carpooling to reduce our environmental impact. However use of masks while driving is recommended to mitigate risks of spreading COVID-19. In addition Interac email transfer is a safe, contact free way to send your driver gas money. Please only plan carpools if you're confirmed as going (Waitlist doesn't count). 🐻 Wildlife safety: Human beings are the apex predator on this planet, but this doesn't mean that wild animals do not pose a threat to your safety. Feeding bears is illegal and anyone discovered feeding bears in this group will be unceremoniously kicked out, banned for life and reported to the authorities. It is expected that all hikers know what to do in the event of a bear encounter. (Don't run, back away calmly staying close to others and trying to appear large all while giving bear a lot of space to escape. Look in the eye and speak to it non-aggressively telling it to go away) Bear spray is always a wise item to keep handy. 🆕 New Members: If you haven't hiked with me before, send me a message on Meetup saying hello so I can introduce myself and we can make sure you're ready to have a great time in the mountains!

Past events (277)

⛷ Learn to ski (Classes at Mt. Seymour 🏔)

Mt Seymour Resort

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