Category Archives: Event

Free Online Bear Safety Course from WildSafeBC

WildSafeBC is offering a free online course on how to avoid conflicts with bears and stay safe when recreating in British Columbia. If you're interested in this course, you can sign up here:

You then have 14 days to complete the course.

WildSafeBC is a provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. WildSafeBC's mission is to provide information to communities across British Columbia on how we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts in all aspects of our lives. The group evolved out of the highly successful Bear Aware program, and is owned and delivered by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. Their motto is "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe".

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).

Adventuring in a Changing World by VIMMF

VIMMF is running an online show between Wed, May 5 at noon PDT – Wed, May 19 at midnight, named Adventuring in a Changing World.  Here is an excerpt:

Join us virtually to enjoy four unique films, including two North American premieres, that celebrate the spirit of adventure while raising questions about inclusivity & environmentalism.  Plus we’ll be hosting an engaging live interactive virtual workshop with Canadian explorer, Kevin Vallely, where he’ll share captivating stories from his expeditions & you’ll gain valuable tools to help you plan your next personal adventure.

Ticket sales end at midnight on Wednesday May 12.

NSH club members will receive a discount code by email.

Be Avy Savvy — What SAR wants you to know

A free online presentation about backcountry safety by Avalanche Canada.

Thu, Jan 21, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

Be Avy Savvy -- What SAR wants you to know

Join AJ Maheu, volunteer with the N. Shore Search and Rescue and Lisa Paulson, Visitor Safety Specialist with Banff, Yoho and Kootney National Parks speak about the rescues they perform each winter. They will share tips on what every backcountry recreationist should do for trip planning, as well as the gear and training necessary to safely access the backcountry. Learn from others so you do not become a rescue statistic.

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

March 12th is approaching fast. Hope to see you at the Slideshow and Social. Bring your hiking equipment you want to sell or give away at 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 pm. Slideshow starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your own mug. There has been a change in the presenters :

Ye Chu presents : Snorkelling, trekking and biking in Galapagos, Amazon, Machu Picchu and Death Road, Bolivia

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


Monika Bittel presents : How the Federation is making Hiking Better

Monika is a keen representative of the FMCBC. She will discuss their role in trail repair and explain important initiatives the organization is spearheading.


The Majestic Grand Canyon presentation has been postponed to June 11 social.

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