Saturna Island Group – Sept. 2018                                          Wow!  Careful there!!



                                         Views on the Galiano Hike



             Royal Roads Hike – Oct. 2018                       Goldstream – November 2018


            Goldstream – November 2018                                       Matheson Lake Hike


Broadmead & Boulderwood Ridge Ramble
                 March 8, 2019



Hiking Group 

This group is for members who want a rigorous hike, with varying degrees of difficulty, lasting 2-3 hours.  In addition to a regular hike we may also schedule an alternate, longer more rigorous hike.  Members should be reasonably fit, wear hiking shoes or boots, bring water and a snack.  Many bring hiking poles on the more hilly hikes. After the hike, coffee is our reward!  The hiking group meets Fridays at 8:50 am. at the Fowler Road parking lot.

The group relies upon members to suggest and lead hikes. When proposing a Hike, please refer to the schedule and provide the date & destination.  When submitting your specific hike details for group circulation, kindly aim to have these e-mailed to me latest by the Wednesday afternoon before hike day.

When considering to lead a hike, you may find that our list of hikes will be of use. The data has been compiled by Mick Phillips and, while not exhaustive, provides a comprehensive list of locations tackled over the years by the CB55+ Group.  We’re indebted to Mick for pulling this together for us.  A number of these will be quite familiar to most of the Group however, for those members less so, a quick “google” will provide you with more detail.  That said, if anyone has other fresh ideas on where we could hike, please do feel free to bring them forward. As with new leaders, new destinations will always be welcomed.

Contact: Stew Arnold at stewart.arnold@shaw.ca


Protocol: Change of Plan/Cancel – Last week brought up the question of having a protocol in the case that a hike is changed/cancelled.  As you know, we are a well prepared group and while the numbers may decrease in inclement weather we seldom change plans or cancel.  But, occasionally it may be prudent to do so.  What we will do is if conditions are in doubt, the hike leader and myself will make make an assessment and if there is a change send out an email by 8:00 am.  If no message, no change. Please check your email before heading out.

Protocol: Proceeding Directly to Trail-head: If you are proceeding directly to the trail-head please advise the hike leader in advance and leave a contact number if you have one.  The hike leader and/or myself will include a contact number in the weekly hike notice.  This requirement is necessary in case something comes up on the way to the trail-head, either with you or the rest of the group.  I realize that there are places where cell coverage is not good, but we will do the best we can.


mobile: 250-361-7250

August 16th —  Galiano Island

Connie and Peter will be leading us on a hike on Galiano Island August 16th – see Connie and Peter’s directions below.  For those of you who participated last year, you will know what a marvelous day it was and for those of you who didn’t, this is your opportunity.  This is an all day event – bring a lunch.  We will end up later in the afternoon at Galiano Lodge for refreshments.

My directions:

  1. Confirm participation – confirm with me that you will be attending –  please confirm your participation with me by email by next Tuesday August 13th.
  1. Car pooling – we will prearrange car-pooling and split the costs for the ferry – if you are proceeding directly to the ferry, let me know and who is travelling with you. If you require a ride, let me know.
  2. Ferry – we need to be at the ferry terminal an hour in advance of sailing – be there at 9:30 AM. If you have a BC Ferries Experience card (provides a bit of a discount for Gulf Islands) you could use it for the vehicle you are in.  Let me know if you have a card and, to the extent we can, we will attempt to have  a card-holder in each vehicle.  The ferry both ways is direct: Leaves Swartz Bay 10:30 am, leaves Galiano 6:25 pm.
When the ferry arrives at Galiano Connie and Peter will meet the crowd.  Proceed off of the boat up the hill bearing to the left. Take the first right angle left (gas station and Bakery are at this corner).  Peter will be standing right there.  As soon as we assemble we will begin a scenic drive up Galiano Island for 30 minutes in convoy.  Hike will begin at the top of Cottage Way.  We begin our 3 1/2 hour hike with short uphill which soon becomes Bodega Ridge!  Folks the pathway is very safe IF YOU STAY ON IT!!!!!!! The cliff is high.  This is a quite level cliff top looking out over the water and adjacent islands with views back to Vancouver Island and islands between.  At about 45 minutes we will have a snack/scenery break.  Continuing to the northern end of Bodega Ridge we descend through the forest for a while and then return to our parking area through the forest on a beautiful trail. We return to the car park passing through our lunch break and the bodega ridge view point.  Thirty minute drive back to the Galiano Lodge where we stopped last year.  If you will be committing to this please let us know so we can prepare the lodge for our numbers.  Galiano Island awaits your visit.  See you soon.
ALTERNATE — Mt. Finlayson

Mick will lead a harder hike this Friday, August 16th to Mt. Finlayson, in Goldstream Park.  The plan is to go up the steep, rocky side and return via a gentler trail to bring us back to the bottom of the mountain via a circular route.  We will not come down the rocky slopes!  This will take us about 2 – 3 hours.  There is a bit of exposure and some scrambling.  We’ll take it slow and easy, especially for first timers.  Bring a good snack and water.  Poles are useful but not needed above the tree line on the steep stuff where you will need both hands, unencumbered.  The views are worth the effort!  The trail head is at Goldstream Park but we will meet at Fowler at 8:30. Call me if you have doubts or questions!  250-658-2702.





August 16th           Galiano Island                                       Connie/Peter
Mt. Finlayson                                         Phillips

August 23rd
Glass Lake                                             Phillips









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