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BC Parks 2022 summer day-use program starts on June 17

Starting June 17, 2022, free day-use passes are required to visit these  provincial parks:

  • Garibaldi Provincial Park at Diamond Head, Rubble Creek, and Cheakamus trailheads [vehicle pass];
  • Golden Ears Provincial Park [vehicle pass];
  • Joffre Lakes Provincial Park [hiker pass].

To book a day-use pass:

For more information, go to BC Parks.


  • Garibaldi Provincial Park trailheads at Wedgemount Lake and Fitzsimmons Creek/Singing Pass do not require the day-use pass.
  • Cypress Provincial Park, Mt Seymour Provincial Park, and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park do not require a day-use pass to visit.

BC AdventureSmart video education and information for hikers

BC AdventureSmart has created a video series of hiker education and information, covering several popular hiking trails in southwestern BC. These videos offer great advice to help you plan and prepare for a safe and enjoyable hiking day, including awareness of trail and weather conditions, and recommended trip planning and training. Click these links to view the videos:

New guidebook for families and young hikers coming May 17

Stephen Hui, author of one of BC's standard hiking books, 105 Hikes in and around Southwestern BC, has written a new guidebook for families and young hikers. Best Hikes and Nature Walks with kids in and around Southwestern BC will be released on
May 17, 2022. Several book launch events are planned, go to for details.

Garibaldi Park trail needs your helping hands!

BC Parks and the Friends of Garibaldi Park Society are calling all trail elves to help with a project on the Rubble Creek trail.

The project will replace the kiosk at the Rubble Creek and Taylor Meadows trail junction, about 6.5 km from the parking lot.

Ten volunteers are needed for September 18 and 19. The work will be labour intensive but special skills aren’t needed.

Volunteers will help:

  • Dismantle the old kiosk;
  • Dig posts for the new kiosk;
  • Build the new kiosk.

While building supplies will be flown in, you will be carrying tools and equipment from the BC Parks toolshed at Taylor Meadows. You'll also help carry water from Barrier Lake for the kiosk's new concrete posts.

Free overnight camping will be provided at the Garibaldi Lake campsite for volunteers. (Volunteers must have and bring their own overnight gear and supplies.)

Whether you're experienced with trail work or not, this is a great opportunity to give back to the trails you love!

To volunteer or for more information, email Jay (FMCBC Trails Committee) or Jagwinder (Friends of Garibaldi Park).

Club News – August 2021

Immediate vacancies in our Executive Roster

We are searching for volunteers to fill the roles of Webmaster and “C” Hikes Coordinator.

  • The Webmaster is responsible for developing and maintaining the North Shore Hikers website.
  • The “C” Hikes Coordinator is responsible for soliciting C hikes, entering them into the web schedule, and posting short notice hikes during the year.

Your club is run by volunteers and your contribution helps to ensure the club's success.

If you're interested in helping, contact Carol, our President, to discuss the required qualifications and position duties.

Annual General Meeting coming up in November

Each year at the AGM, we hold club elections and discuss issues of relevance to our club members. For November's AGM, we are looking to fill these additional club vacancies:

  • President: Convenes and chairs the quarterly Executive meetings and AGM. Presently the AGM is held on the 1st week of November, then Executive meetings early Dec., March, June, Sept. Meetings are held at the Renfrew Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Social Convener: Organizes Club events, such as the AGM (either October or November), special meetings, slide shows, and other social functions that come up from time to time.
  • Trip Report Secretary: The Trip Report Secretary is responsible for obtaining and keeping a detailed record of each club trip and for ensuring its availability, as required.

If you're interested in any club position, contact the President.

More information about the AGM will be sent to all members closer to the meeting date.

Membership Dues

Our annual club memberships expire on November 30. New members that pay their membership after October 1 get a two-month bonus with their new membership, which is valid until November 30, the following year. Spread the word to your friends who like to hike but have not yet joined a hiking club. Our club dues are a bargain at $25/year!

Multiple days hiking trips in the fall

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we did not have our regular week-long summer camp in 2019 and 2020, although we had several multiple-day outings. The most recent one was the three-day extravaganza in Whistler. For this fall, we are planning at least two more multiple-day days hiking events: Golden Ears and Manning Parks are on our radar for October.

COVID-19 and Club activities

We kept our club’s activities up to date and aligned with the evolution of the pandemic and Provincial Health regulations.

  • Our COVID-19 safety plan is available from our homepage.
  • We strongly encourage all participants to club activities to be fully vaccinated.

Carol Kautz,

North Shore Hikers club reopening plan

Updates from October 6, 2021 executive committee meeting

Health and safety questionnaire

You must answer these questions when registering for a trip. If you answer “yes” to any question, you cannot attend the trip.

- Do you have any symptoms of cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19?
- Have you been in contact with someone with cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Are you in contact with someone currently in quarantine?

[Deleted 2 questions about international travel.]

Leader's choice for stricter covid rules

Trip leaders may set covid rules consistent with or stricter than the current BC's Restart plan at, e.g. group size, vaccination, etc. Any rules specified by the leader should be included in trip postings (whether on the main schedule or the Trip Updates Forum).


Leaders want everyone to have a good and safe time on their trips. This said, arranging rides for everyone can be very complicated (especially during covid). It is the group, that has to work together to try to ensure that everyone gets a ride. No driver is obligated to take passengers - especially during covid. And it could happen that someone, doesn't get a ride.
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NSH 2019 Summer camp starts in a few weeks

2019 Summer camp

From Saturday July 20 to Sunday July 28, a large group of North Shore hikers will be hiking in the beautiful Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. This year’s summer camp will spend 4 days at each of the two hiking destinations.

Most of the participating hikers will be staying at the Canyon Hot Springs near Rogers Pass and the Castle Junction Hostel near Lake Louise.

If you happen to be in the area, you are welcome to join the group for a day hike. A complete hiking schedule can be found here.

Additional multi-day trips

This year we are also going hiking in Europe. A brave contingent of 16 NS hikers are hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. Stay tuned for some exciting slide show presentations later this year.

Please note that the club has not set yet a destination for the 2020 Summer camp so if you have any suggestions let your Executive know.

Wilderness at Your Doorstep on May 19 (Lynn Headwaters Regional Park)

Come and say hi to the club at Wilderness at Your Doorstep in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on May 19. North Shore Hikers will be joining Metro Vancouver, AdventureSmart and other organizations at this event with information, history and sunshine from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, next to the historic B.C. Mills House.