Category Archives: Event

Upcoming trips of interest

(see the schedule for contact info and for more details)

Don & Lion Islands canoe & explore:  (mid-March)  These small islands are in the Fraser River south of Burnaby.  They were the site of Ewen Cannery one of BC’s largest and a Japanese settlement.  The last inhabitants were removed for internment during the Second World War.  We will have a number of canoes for ferrying participants.

Sand Heads canoe to see sea lions:  (early May)  Sand Heads is a man made cluster of rocks 8 km from shore at the end of the Steveston breakwater.  Each April & May 100-200 sea lions congregate on the rocks, and you can canoe within a few metres of them. This is a safe trip as we canoe alongside the breakwater.  Sign up early as there will probably be limited canoe/kayak space.

Pine Lake walk & fish: (early May)  This small lake between Alouette and Stave Lakes was the site of a young adult correctional centre.  There are stories that it is full of fish and stories that it is barren.  The mission of this easy hike will be to discover the truth.  We will take at least one canoe and paddles for the large wood raft at the lake.  And we will try to bring fishing rods for all.

Gabriola Island petroglyph finding bicycle trip:  (early June) This 2-3 day bicycle trip starting at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal is to visit some known and some secret petroglyph sites on Gabriola Island.  Additionally there will be canoeing among the Flat Top Islands and along the NW side of Valdes Island, which has the most spectacular limestone cliffs in the Gulf Islands.  We will be camping at Pages Resort. A support vehicle will bring two canoes and everyone’s camping gear.   People can choose to come for 2 or for 3 days.

By Alastair.

Slideshow and Gear Swap March 12

The NSH Slideshow is around the corner. Plan on attending and bring contributions to the Gear Swap. Bring a friend and enjoy refreshments !

Location is Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere St, near Rupert St and 5th Ave.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own mug.

Snorkelling, trekking and biking in Galapagos, Amazon, Machu Picchu and Death Road, Bolivia

presented by Ye Chu. Experience the energy and excitement of seeing Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, the Amazon and other interesting sites in South America.


The Majestic Grand Canyon

presented by Beth Kitts and Ryszard Brykajlo. An amazing travelogue of hiking experiences in the Grand Canyon region of Arizona.

by Beth.

Summer camp 2020 – July 18 to 26

This is the first announcement of the NSH summer camp for 2020. This year we will be going to the Northern Cascades, also known as the Alps of North America.
The camp will start Saturday July 18 and will end Sunday July 26.
As we had done in 2019, the camp will be in two locations. The first five nights will be in Rockport, Wa, about 50 km east on Hwy 20, and the next three nights will be in Glacier near Mt Baker. Both destinations are less than 3 hours from Vancouver.
A preliminary hiking schedule has already put together and includes hikes to Cascade Pass , Sahali Arm, Hidden Lake Lookout, Cutthroat Pass, Railroad Grade and Park Butte, Maple Pass and Easy Pass, Skyline Divide and Heliotrope Ridge. Each day we will offer a B (5-7 hours) hike and a C( more than 7 hours) hike. Several shorter hikes will be offered for rest days.
A further planning meeting is planned for April when the hiking schedule will be finalized and hike leaders will be appointed/solicited.
If you are interested to participate to the NSH summer camp, please email Angelo Khoshaba at
Information on accommodations and further arrangements will be sent only to hikers who expressed interest to participate.
Cristina Jacob

Annual NSH X’mas Party, 2019

Mark your calendars for the ANNUAL NSH XMAS PARTY
                            Friday Dec 13; 2019. After 6pm.
The venue is visible right here for members who have logged in to this site.
                Bring your own drink and a prepared-ahead dish to share
Enjoy an evening of socializing with fellow hikers and meet our new members. This year there will be a contest to name  “Special Places in Canada”. The slideshow will take place at 7:30 so be sure to arrive by that time.  Prizes will be awarded to those with the most correct answers.
If you have a photo of an interesting hiking spot in Canada to contribute, be sure to send it to before Dec 1.
Hope to see you there with a friend!

North Shore Hikers are going to Patagonia

After a successful and memorable trip in the Swiss Alps in 2019, the NSH are planning to explore the Andes in 2020.
We are currently getting detailed information about hikes in both the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. The trip will take place in November 2020 and the hiking portion will last about two weeks.
All North Shore Hikers are welcome.
Send your expressions of interest to Diane Whiteley by December 12 at
An information meeting will take place before this year’s end. Please note that all further trip correspondence will be sent ONLY to those registered with Diane.
 Cristina Jacob and Diane Whiteley

2019 AGM & Slideshow, Thur., Nov 14

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The agenda can be found here, while last year's minutes can be found here.

After the official business, we'll hear the exciting stories from the group of NSH hikers who hiked a 14 day trek from Chamonix to Zermatt in Europe.

While we encourage every member to come, if you have led a trip in the past year, you may not want to miss the AGM. There will be a prize draw of a $50 MEC Gift Certificate for a trip leader who is present at the AGM.

Would you like to help us out? We are looking for volunteers to fill some executive positions. These positions include the vice-president, recording secretary, social convener, treasurer, webmaster.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM!

The NSH executive team

Avalanche Awareness Event : Sat Nov 9 in North Van

Registration (optional but recommended) : :

Date and Time :
Sat, 9 November 2019
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Location :
North Shore Alliance Church
201 23rd Street East
North Vancouver, BC V7L 3E4

Two sessions of avalanche safety, speakers, science, and education. Morning (advanced) : 10:30 am - noon. Afternoon (beginner) : 2 pm - 4 pm.

About this Event

New to the backcountry ? Want to up your game ? No matter your level of outdoor experience, these sessions will boost your awareness of avalanche safety, equipment and resources.

  • Admission by donation
  • Prizes ! (Including a pair of Atlas snowshoes, donated by K2)
  • Free parking !
  • Registration not required, but is appreciated so we can estimate attendance
  • Join and share the Avalanche Awareness Facebook event for the latest updates

The event is broken into two parts. Attend one or both !

Morning session : 10:30 am – noon (Advanced)

For more experienced outdoor enthusiasts looking to build upon their knowledge. This session will feature in-depth avalanche safety presentations from an Avalanche Canada Forecaster.

Afternoon session : Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentations run 2:00 pm – 4 pm (may run slightly longer to accommodate questions)

For those new to the backcountry and avalanche safety, or those looking for a refresher. This session is an introduction to the basics of recreational avalanche safety, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Presenters :

  • Mark Bender, Avalanche Canada forecaster, speaking on Basic Avalanche Awareness (looking at terrain, avalanche activity, triggers, etc.)
  • North Shore SAR volunteer, Peter Marshall, will present a case study of the Runner Peak incident from February 2019
  • Brent Loewen, snowshoe ambassador and guide in the N. Shore mountains, will present on his personal journey and education in the backcountry
  • AdventureSmart will have a presentation on Trip Planning

MEC discount night Nov 7, 2019

Current NSH members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced items at MEC Vancouver store location at 130 West Broadway, November 7, 2019, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Now is the time to join or renew if you have not already done so. You must register with Andrew at before coming to this event.

Read on for details

NSH members will receive 10% off of all regularly priced items purchased that evening – including bikes and boats! All items must be in stock and purchased through the tills that evening in order to be eligible for the discount. The discount does not extend to the following items. (1)  Clearance items, (2) All Arcteryx, Birkenstock, Blundstone and Glerups products, (3) Items that are already included in a packaged discount. Other restrictions may also apply.

See below for out-of-stock items at the Vancouver location.

Items can be put on hold up to 48 hours before the event,  and can be picked up at the Member Services Desk during the club night. Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate.

All NSH members who participate must also be members of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase. You can purchase an MEC membership ($5.00) that evening.

Changes from previous years

  • Before the 10% discount was only for items in-stock during the time of the event. Now we are able to omni-channel any item of your desire from another store if we do not have it at the Vancouver location and still receive 10% off the item. To access this wonderful perk, speak to any staff member to check to see if the item is still available at another location to get it shipped to the location of your desire. Then the staff member will call the Service Centre for you and tell them the item you're ordering and that you're in the store for the club night event (you will have to show the staff member your discount card). The staff member will pass the phone over to you and you will confirm shipping and payment details. Easy as pie!
  • Please note that omni-channeled orders will be a separate transaction from your other purchases made that evening in the store.

“Our” Lesley Bohm is presenting at Nature Vancouver

7:00 PM - Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019

Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)
949 West 49th Avenue - Vancouver

Botanical artist and NV member Lesley Bohm will share with us some of the processes involved in creating different kinds of botanical art. From field sketches to technical drawings, scenic overviews to cellular details, her talk will be richly illustrated with both examples of her own work, and historical botanical paintings in different styles.

See details:


Slideshow and Social Sept 12, 2019

Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere St, near Rupert St and 5th Ave.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please bring your own mug.
Beauty on the Way to the Peak: Summer Camp Part 1.
Presenter Lesley Bohm will illustrate the many discoveries we met along the trail to the summit as we hiked in Glazier and Banff National Parks this summer.

Bike Tour of Yunnan Province in China
Presenters: Holly Evans and Ken Levine

Come with us to southern China for our recent 3 week cycling tour of Yunnan Province, China. This is our second bike trip to China although to a very different Province. As our slides will show, the tour was a difficult ride but certainly one we are glad we did. We joined 20 other Canadian bike club members in Feb. and March 2019 and enjoyed the great camaraderie among riders (Canadian and American), the friendliness of the Chinese people, the experience of the Chinese culture and different ethnic groups, the awe inspiring scenery, and the feeling of accomplishment after each day’s challenging route. China, for a cyclist, is a place where the unexpected should be expected and you just deal with it. On the other hand, cycle touring is a time to discover, make new friends, and experience life differently than what we are accustomed to and we certainly did that on our trip through Yunnan Province. Come to the September meeting and see why we did this adventure. Ken and Holly.
Don’t miss the upcoming Sept 12 Slideshow and Social !