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


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



December 7th — The Flight Path — Victoria International Airport

Friday’s “hike” will be along the “The Flight Path”; a 9.3 km. multi-use trail that circumnavigates the Victoria International Airport. For those not familiar with the route, it was developed by the Airport Authority in 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first aeroplane landing (on an abandoned railway grade!). 

The Path meanders around the residential, industrial and pastoral neighbourhoods of the Airport. A series of 9 storyboards punctuate the route; describing in detail the early history as a military airbase/hospital and later the development of the commercial airport, and its impact on the surrounding North Saanich community.  Most notable (I think!) is the “The Lost Airmen of the Empire” sculptural monument at Hospital Hill erected in honour of the Allied Airmen who gave their lives at the Patricia Bay Air Station during the Second World War; the first stop on our hike. 

The trailhead (Mile Zero) is across the road from Pat Bay Park. After a short rise to the runway plateau, the paved path continues on the flat and parallel to Mills Road.  Towards the end of the trail, we’ll pass the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron facility; home base of the RCAF’s west coast operational helicopters (reportedly the largest single building on Vancouver Island).  Total duration will be about 2 hours, depending on how long folks stop to absorb all the facts & figures. 

Meet at the Fowler Park parking lot (8:50 for a 9:00 am. departure), before heading to the car park at the Pat Bay Park; adjacent to the Pat Bay seaplane base on West Saanich Road. (Those going directly should be at the car park by 9:15 — kindly let Stew or Alex know in advance.) 

Coffee at “The Roost Farm Bakery” at the corner of East Saanich Road and McTavish Road.



December 7th              The Flight Path — Victoria International Airport          Izett   

December 14th             ??                                                                                  Dakin

December 21st             Christmas Hill Hike and Chili Lunch                           McHugh

December 28th            Sea to Sky Sherry Shuffle Sojourn                               Sue and Sharlane



Christmas Hill Hike and Chili Lunch — December 21st

Mark December 21, 2018 on your calendar for our traditional Christmas Hill Hike and Chilli Lunch back at the school.  Once again we are looking for volunteers within our group to make chilli, bread  and Christmas baking to share.  As before, we are trying to keep this simple.  

Duana McHugh has offered to co-ordinate the food so please contact her at duanabob@gmail.com with your contribution.  Pots of chilli should serve 8 so we will need 5.  Once we  get the chilli, breads and baking numbers there will be a few  other requests, like grated cheese, sour cream and butter.  Tea and coffee($1) will be available, plus we will provide hot apple cider.  Looking forward to sharing this fun event.

Duana and Bob McHugh





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