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This is a group for anyone interested in hiking and other outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, white-water rafting, and sight-seeing in general. Discover new places and meet new people. Plus, ROUND-TRIP TRANSPORTATION from the Vancouver area is generally available on a first-come basis. Some tours are offered through Step Outside Adventures (https://www.soadventures.com). Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody!

Upcoming events (2)

Mt Gardner

Horseshoe Bay BC Ferries terminal

DIFFICULT HIKE - NO FEE (PLEASE BE ABLE TO HIKE AT A MODERATE PACE) Come join us as we take a scenic ferry ride to Bowen Island, where we will do a challenging hike up to the top of Mt Gardner. Beautiful views of Bowen Island, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, and the Burrard Inlet await you at the top. By the end, you will know why the island has the slogan: “Within Reach. Beyond Comparison.” NOTE: I will be adding to the "Going" list only hikers who I know can maintain a moderate pace. In addition, the trail markers have been changed so a portion of the hike may be exploratory as we find our way on the newly marked trails. Elevation Gain: 720m Distance: 22km (round-trip from ferry terminal) Hiking time: 6 hours DISCLOSURE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK By going on this Meetup event, you acknowledge and agree that you are participating at your own risk and are entirely responsible for your own safety getting to and from the trailhead, on the hike, and during the course of the event. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, you agree to pay for your own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not you have specifically authorized them. You also verify that you are in good health and are physically capable of carrying out this hike. Therefore, you agree to release the Meetup Group, the Organizer, the Meetup Host, and any affiliate from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury which may arise out of participation in the Meetup event, including during transportation to and from the event. DETAILS REGARDING HIKE We will meet outside the ticket window for foot passengers at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. The fare for the round-trip ferry to Bowen Island is $12.35. Long-term parking at the ferry terminal is $14 for 24 hours (parkade on immediate left upon entering Village). Free day parking is available at Gleneagles Community Centre, a 15 minute walk to the ferry terminal. We first catch the 10:15 AM ferry at Horseshoe Bay and take a scenic 20 minute ride to Bowen Island. After departing, we walk into Crippen Regional Park and eventually reach beautiful Killarney Lake. After leaving the lake, we will start hiking up a steep forested trail. On the way to the top, we will reach a viewpoint that offers views of Gambier and Keets Islands. After hiking further up, we eventually reach the top, where you can have lunch while taking in the amazing views! Afterwards, we hike back down to the Mt Gardner trailhead, completing a loop. It is then a relatively easy walk back down to Killarney Lake and the main street of Bowen Island. If we have time, you will be able to stroll down main street, checking out the shops and maybe getting a tasty treat. We then take the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay in the late afternoon. Bring: Water (at least 1.5 litres) Lunch Good hiking shoes or boots Hiking Poles (Optional) 10 Essentials

Galiano Island Hiking Tour

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

INTERMEDIATE HIKE WITH FEE Come join us as we see take a scenic ferry ride to Galiano Island, the gem of the Gulf Islands. We will hike up to Bluff Park and Mt Galiano, where on a clear day you will have breathtaking views of the other Gulf Islands! Afterwards, we will explore the rest of the island on foot. Note: There is a fee for this particular hike. Certain other hikes in this Meetup Group do not have fee. $25 - Covers guide (Hayley). No transportation included but carpooling may be available. $15 - FOR DRIVERS TAKING PASSENGERS - Covers guide (Hayley). Round-trip ferry to Galiano Island ($26) is not included. DISCLOSURE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK By going on this Meetup event, you acknowledge and agree that you are participating at your own risk and are entirely responsible for your own safety getting to and from the trailhead, on the hike, and during the course of the event. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, you agree to pay for your own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not you have specifically authorized them. You also verify that you are in good health and are physically capable of carrying out this hike. Therefore, you agree to release the Meetup Group, the Organizer, the Meetup Host, and any affiliate from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury which may arise out of participation in the Meetup event, including during transportation to and from the event. OVERVIEW OF HIKE We start by boarding the 855AM ferry in Tsawwassen. Please leave enough time to find parking at the ferry terminal as we have to be at the departure area at least 10 minutes before. The ferry ride is about an hour long and you will have great views of the Strait of Georgia and other scenery in the area. Upon arriving at Galiano Island, we will walk off the ferry and hike up to Bluff Park, where you may be able to see some whales. We then head on up to Mt. Galiano. At 311 metres high (1,000 feet), Mt Galiano is the highest point on the island and offers superb views of the southern Gulf Islands. After having lunch at the top, we will head down and walk along the road the opposite way we came and have the option of stopping at the Hummingbird Pub. You will then be able to explore the island until we board the ferry back to the mainland. Maybe check out one of the beaches in the area. Galiano Island also has a large variety of animals and plants. A major flight path for migrating birds, you will have the opportunity to see eagles and herons, among hundreds of other bird species. We will then take the 450 PM ferry back to the mainland. Elevation Gain: 500m Distance: 18km Hiking time: 6 hours Bring: Water (At least 1 litre) Lunch Good hiking shoes or boots Waterproof jacket or shell Hiking Poles (Optional) 10 Essentials HOW TO PAY: To reserve a spot (with or without transportation) and book online, pay the appropriate amount to Step Outside Adventures by going to https://www.soadventures.com , selecting All Tours at the top, then Special Tours, and select "$25 Tour", or "$15 Tour". Please enter the name of the trip in the Order Notes section. Please contact me with any questions.

Past events (91)

Hollyburn Snowshoe

BC Parks sign at the Cypress cross country ski area

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