May/June Raven Newsletter

    • Raven Newsletter May/June 2024

Day Passes needed for Garibaldi, Golden Ears and Joffre Lakes. 

All the information you need for booking the day pass is available on the bcparks website. 

You can book two days in advance, and if you have a camping pass no day pass is required.

Note that Garibaldi and Golden Ears are vehicle passes- car pooling encouraged! Trailheads affected in Garibaldi are: Diamond Head, Rubble Creek and Cheakamus.

Trailheads affected in Golden Ears are: Gold Creek, West Canyon and Allouette Lake parking and boat launch areas.

Joffre lakes is a person pass. They have a 500 persons/day limit and the park is occasionally closed to public. Check the website before you plan a hike there.

🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕Club meeting held on May 14. Thank you for coming!

We had about 20 NSH hikers who gathered at Leslie’s house for pizza, pie, and tea. “Secondary” to the food attraction was participating to the business meeting of the Executive Committee. A great opportunity to meet and know who these people are. The Club is being run by volunteers who have different positions on the Committee. Each year, at the November AGM, we elect the President, VP, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and Planning Coordinator. All other positions on the Executive Committee can be filled any time during the year.

We had a good discussion about the current vacancies and we are happy to report that several attendees stepped up to fill the following positions:

Naomi Watts - A hikes Planner

Fern Pires and Carol N -Social Convener 

Carol Kautz - Trip Report Secretary

We are still looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: Webmaster ; News Editor; Social Media; President ( starting in November); Cycle Coordinator ( starting in November)

Contact Cristina Jacob if interested.

Club Jerseys selected
Six different designs were looked at during the May 14 meeting and two were selected to apply the club logo on. A long sleeve and a short sleeve.

The jerseys will cost about $30 each and will be offered at a 50% discount to club members who led at least one activity in 2024 and at full cost to any member of the club.

More details will be included in the next Raven ( July/August)

In the interim, check the website called Temu and search for men cycling jerseys. You may like a different design. You can order the jersey you like and the club will pay for applying the club logo on the sleeve.

For more info email Cristina Jacob at

📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖 Attendance sheets and guest waivers 

Since Carol Kautz is now again filling the position of Trip Report Secretary we will adhere to the following rules and guidelines for saving attendance sheets and guest waivers:

After completing the activity, take a photo with your smart phone of the documents ( sign up sheet and guest waivers ) and email them to the Trip Report Secretary within one week of the trip, to

🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️🏕️Staycation week for NSH hikers- in planning stage

A full week of activities around Vancouver is being planned for the end of September. Details will be posted in the Schedule and subsequent Trip Updates on the Forum. If you have any suggestions for activities to be included or you would like to lead one contact Katy Poon.

Example of activity
Friday , September 27- pickleball in Squamish for NSH, new players welcome. The Two-hour pickleball session at the Brennan Community courts will be followed by a 2-hour hike on Jurassic Ridge at Murrin lake.  Leader Cristina Jacob. Canceled if wet.


One or two volunteers needed to promote the club on May 26

Metro Vancouver invited us to participate with a display at their annual “ Wilderness at Your Doorstep event at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park .  The event will be on Sunday, May 26 from 9:30am to 1pm, and they will be grateful if you can join them ! Similar to previous years, the purpose of the event is to showcase the unique natural, history and network of trails at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and the community that supports it.”

If interested to volunteer contact Ramona Muljar at


CLUB MEETING- everybody invited May 14, 7pm


Tuesday, MAY 14, 7 pm, at Leslie’s house, 3685, 15th Av, Vancouver


Indicate if you need a ride or you want to offer a ride

Cristina Jacob will offer a ride to 4 other hikers from downtown Vancouver

Katy Poon will offer a ride to 4 other hikers from Richmond.

Excerpt from Last Raven Newsletter:

“At the March 21, EC meeting, it was decided to have the next EC meeting as a plenary meeting to which all members of the club will be invited. The main topic of discussion will be “ The future of NSH- where will we be 2-5 years from now ?”

The club will provide savoury snacks and beverages and Leslie will bake her famous fruit pies for all to enjoy.

One of the evening’s highlights will be choosing the design of the NSH club jersey.



NSH Summer Camp in the West Kootenays Wednesday, July 24th to Wednesday August 1st, 2024

(Suggested arrival time: the evening of Wednesday, July 24th)

Organized by Don Fockler and Diane Whiteley

To receive further communications about this trip, email 


We will be hiking for 7 days (first hike begins the morning of July 25th).  You may come for all or part of the camp.  You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation.  There are a number of campgrounds, motels etc. in the area.

Our plan is to hike in the Kokanee/New Denver area for 5 days then head further north for 2 nights at Sol Mountain Lodge in the Monashees where we will be hiking above tree line right out of the lodge.

For the first 4 nights, we plan to be based at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Sandspit campground, which is north of Nelson BC.  This campground has showers and campsites that can be reserved.  Our first group meeting will be on July 24th.  We will hike in this area from July 25th to 27th.  On the morning of July 28th we will break camp and move to a campground or other accommodation near New Denver (about 100 kms north of Kokanee Creek) for 2 nights, July 28th and 29th.  On the July 30th we will move to Sol Mountain Lodge for 2 nights.  The lodge owners have “pencilled in” the North Shore Hikers for July 30th and 31st, 2024.  Don and I have already reserved our spots.

Information about Campsite and Lodge Reservations

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Sandspit Campground: We will be based in the Sandspit campground from July 24th to July 27thand head to New Denver on the morning of July 28th.  You can reserve a campsite at Sandspit on the BC Provincial Parks reservation system four months before the first night you want.  Since our planned dates are July 24th to 27th, you can try to reserve those 4 nights beginning at 7AM on March 24, 2024.

New Denver Accommodations: We will be based near New Denver on July 28th and 29th.  We have not decided where we will be staying in New Denver yet.

Sol Mountain Lodge: In winter Sol Mountain Lodge is a backcountry skiing venue accessed by helicopter.

In summer it’s a hiking/mountain biking venue, accessed via forest service roads.  It’s a 55 km drive from either Nakusp or Revelstoke.  The drive takes a good 2 hours.  The lodge recommends vehicles with AWD or FWD and high clearance, such as a Subaru Crosstrek.  The summer cost for the all-inclusive lodge is $325/night /person with a minimum of 2, 3 or 4 nights on the dates we have chosen.  We have let the lodge know our plan for summer camp participants to reserve there for the nights of July 30th and 31st, checking out on August 1st.  The lodge has a maximum capacity of 18 and requires a non-refundable deposit of $100 on booking.Check out the website at

Information about the lodge: Family owned and operated by Aaron and Sabine Cooperman, we designed Sol to feel like our home —off the grid, with all the comforts. Guests have private rooms, with indoor bathrooms, showers, a dry room for gear, wood-stove heated sauna, yoga and stretching studio. On the main floor is a full kitchen, lounge, and a stand-up bar where you can lean into après, stocked with craft beers and a curated selection of VQA BC wines. Micro-hydro keeps the lights on.

To receive further communications about this trip, email 


Helicopter Hiking September 2024

Last  summer three NSH hikers went on a 4-day Heli hiking trip to Campbell Icefields , North of Golden, and two NSH hikers went on a 4-day trip to Mc McGillivray hut, North of Pemberton. Both parties enjoyed the scenery, the hiking , the accommodations, the food and the SPECTACULAR helicopter ride.
I would like to repeat the North of Pemberton Heli hike next year in September. My preferred dates are September 16-20, hoping that the fire season will be over by then and that the new snow will not be there yet. Call me at 604 3496683 or email me at, if interested.
This is what Whitecapalpine responded to my inquiry:
Thank you for your email, so great to hear from the North Shore Hiking Club.  The buyout rate is based on a 13 guest per person rate.  Which means you need at least 13 spaces paid for to hold the buyout.  The maximum number of guests you can at the per person rate is 15.  
The per person rate is the same whether it is a buyout or a mixed group.  Prices listed below, a deposit of 50% is due at the time of booking.
$2299 plus GST, per person (Early Bird Rate)
*offer ends March 1st
$2699 plus GST, per person (Regular Rate)
*after March 1st
Deposit of 50% at the time of booking. Final payment at 10 weeks. Non-refundable inside of 4 weeks. 50% refundable 4-10 weeks. 10+ weeks - refund less a non-refundable booking fee of $275. No refunds for bad weather or acts of force majeure. Trip cancellation/interruption and medical insurance are advised to be purchased as soon as you book. Cancellation requests need to be received via email to
Let me know if you want to go ahead and start the booking process on that trip.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Happy to jump on a call if you prefer 604-902-4664. 

Riley Shier Guest and Administration Coordinator


Interested to Hike in Europe?

Request for Expressions of Interest

Diane Allison, one of our club members, is planning a hiking trip in Austria in July 2024. She would like to gauge the interest this trip will raise among our members. Please contact her directly at Based on your response, she will organize an initial planning session in early January.

Her plan is to go for 3 weeks at the beginning of July, hiking from town to town or mountain hut to mountain hut, beginning in St. Johann and ending in St Anton. The trail is slightly north of Innsbruck, a lot of it is through the Karwendel National Park  The hikes are mainly C hikes and there is no scrambling.

It is possible for some to join the trip for shorter lengths!! Contact Alison to find out more about this exciting trip- one of many that our club is planning for 2024.


Raven – December 2023

December 2023

Celebrate the Holiday Season by participating to: 

1)Christmas lights walk December 23
3)Urban Graffiti walk December 30

Check our Schedule and the Hike Updates Forum for details on the special events and for a full activity list with the most recent updates. Events are added to the Schedule all the time. The club has an automated email notification system for any new event added to the Schedule.
Your Club Executive is working hard to plan for next year. January newsletter will contain a full list of multiple-day activities proposed for 2024.
We are still searching for volunteers to fill three important positions in our club:
These positions are now carried out by volunteers on double or triple duties!!!

Annual General Meeting

Save the date!

North Shore Hikers Society Annual General Meeting

7:00 PM

Thursday, Nov 9, 2022
Sunrise Community Hall
1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available

North Shore Hikers is your club! We are an inclusive organization. We believe in diversity, mentorship and a sense of belonging. Come to the AGM and show your support. The business session will be concise and informative. We hope to engage you all in a round table discussion about international hikes planned for the future and about increasing the number of hike leaders.

You'll receive a detailed agenda before the meeting 

Feature Presentation: by Ye Chu
Switzerland in 21 days: a NSH group trip to the famous Haute Walker route and more

photos of the trip




The Raven – October 2023

October 2023

Alpenglow on Mt. Brunswick from Hat Pass

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 9
Sunrise Community Hall

Mark your calendars! Our club’s AGM this year will convene on Thursday, November 9, at Sunrise Community Hall. An agenda and more details will be sent to all two weeks before the meeting. Everybody is welcome, and please attend. The AGM  is an excellent opportunity to meet the volunteers who make the club work and learn about next year’s “big trips” planned. The meeting has two distinct parts: a business session followed by a slide presentation of a recent adventure.  As in previous years, trip leaders will have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate drawn randomly.

Carpooling or Taking Transit?

By Cristina Jacob,

This write-up is meant for those of us who do not have a car or do not want to drive to club activities. While I have a car, I have been taking transit to Grouse and Lynn Valley lately, and the experience was very positive. I avoid congestion and long delays on First and Second Narrows bridges, which more than compensates for the longer bus ride. Google Maps has excellent information on transit connections, and the bus service on the North Shore is well connected to the Vancouver downtown core or Lonsdale Quay. And when was the last time that I drove to Horseshoe Bay to take the ferry for a hike on Bowen Island? Honestly, I do not remember; it was so long ago. Last month, I also bused with my bike to Tswasswen for a free ferry ride to Victoria for seniors (Monday to Thursday).


If you want to carpool, please remember that the trip leaders’ primary role is coordinating and leading the trip, not arranging rides. However, if you mention early enough in your communication with the leader that you need a ride and give details on your location, you have an excellent chance to be connected with a car driver. The leader also appreciates if participants express interest in offering rides to others.


As a leader, I usually arrange only for carpooling from a common meeting point to the trailhead. However, I could do more if given more information on participants’ transportation needs and offers. I could connect people and facilitate carpooling arrangements between them. Remember that you can also post a request in the general forum. I cannot see anything wrong in requesting a ride to enable one to participate in a particular activity.


See you on the trails.


October 2023 Trips

Wed 4 Oct, 2023
9:30 am
B Hike
B2b - Moderate
St. Mark’s Summit
Sat 7 Oct, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
C Hike
C3C - Relaxed
Cinder cone in Garibaldi Park
Sat 7 Oct, 2023
8:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Lakeview Trail/Buntzen Lake
Thu 12 Oct, 2023
9:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Christmas Gully, Strachan, Cypress
Sat 14 Oct, 2023
8:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Arbutus Ridge to Whyte Lake loop
Tue 17 Oct 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Hike
A1A - Relaxed
Mosquito Creek Trail
Sun 22 Oct 2023
8:00 am
A/B2b - Relaxed Historic Hollyburn from Cypress Nordic
Sat 28 Oct, 2023
9:00 am
A Hike
A1a - Relaxed
Pacific Spirit Park North

FMCBC Annual General Meeting

We have now opened registration for our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.

We will be providing Zoom access to the AGM, also. Registration is limited and required – please register promptly to ensure participation.

We are excited to welcome several guest speakers, including the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORCBC), who will keep us updated on the new $10 million outdoor recreation fund for BC. The BC Back Country Horsemen of BC will join us for a presentation, and we welcome special guest Ardath Paxton-Mann to speak on diversity and inclusion in our clubs.

Blair Rifle Range: North Shore Trails Closed for Bomb Search

Starting in mid-October, department of defence workers will be searching with metal detectors to look for military remnants 30 to 45 centimetres below the surface. This stretch of unexploded ordinance (UXO) work is expected to last until May of 2024, with a likely return to the Blair Rifle Range lands next fall and into 2025. This next phase of work will require full closures of the popular hiking, mountain biking and dog walking trails in the areas where crews are working, often for months at a time. The purpose is to give workers a 50-metre buffer when dealing with UXO. Any closed trail will have signs warning people to choose a different route. Get more info here