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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 their ancestors ones again!!!!!
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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