2022 Wilderness Committee trail season!

 

We are thrilled to be able to offer some trail building and hiking trips this summer, our first public program since the start of the pandemic!

We’ll lead several trips of varying length and difficulty, and help you get out into some of the most spectacular old-growth forests on the planet. Working in partnership with local First Nations and community groups, participating in these trips is a unique way to learn about local ecosystems and the people working to preserve them.

 
Our trips are guided by trained, experienced wilderness leaders and the Wilderness Committee covers transportation costs associated with the trips. While there are barriers to getting out into the woods, we’re aiming to offer experiences for folks of varying experiences and abilities – some trips will require backcountry camping and longer hiking and work days, while others will feature indoor accommodation or easier day-hikes. Volunteers are responsible for their own food and gear, but we can help with meal planning, and we are arranging discounted gear rental options for those who don’t have all the required gear. We don’t want people to miss out for lack of equipment, so please contact us if we can help with this barrier.

We hope to see you out on the trail this year!

COVID-19 guidelines

In order to keep all volunteers and staff as safe as possible, we will require proof of vaccination for all trip participants this year. Registrants must submit proof of vaccination during the registration process. During the trip, volunteers are encouraged to wear a mask, especially in settings like vehicles en route to the location where distancing isn’t possible. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for understanding.

Central Walbran Valley (Kaxi:ks), unceded Pacheedaht territory

*medium difficulty*

This trip is two nights, and we will be car camping — setting up tents within five minutes walk of the vehicles. We will be working with a small crew of our allies from Friends of Carmanah-Walbran to maintain existing trails. Volunteers will hike moderate distances with light hand tools, potentially carrying and lifting heaving loads for those who are able.

Dates: May 13-15

Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois Tribal Park (Meares Island), unceded Tlao-qui-aht territory

*lower difficulty*

In order to make this trip more accessible to everyone, we will be staying two nights at the Tofino Hostel and making day trips to maintain the trails on the legendary Big Tree Trail on Meares Island. We will be walking moderate distances with light hand tools and trimming undergrowth to keep the trail clear.

Dates: June 10-12

Wildside Trail, Flores Island, unceded Ahousaht territory (FULL)

*higher difficulty*

This is a three-night backcountry camping trip. We will be dropped off by boat, and then hiking to the campsite with our gear and food as well as water and tools (about 30 minutes). We will be maintaining trails on the Wildside Trail, hiking medium to long distances with hand tools, and taking long hikes to visit beaches along the trail.

Dates: July 8-11, August 12-15

Koksilah River Grove Day Hike, Cowichan Tribes Territory

*lowest difficulty*

These are our easiest planned trips, meant to provide an opportunity to get out into intact old-growth forest, for folks unable to attend longer overnight trips that involve camping and trail work. The trip involves carpooling to Koksilah (about one hour north of Victoria) and then taking a guided hike into the ancient Douglas-fir forest, with nature interpretation along the way and a break for a snack along the river. The estimated hiking time is 2.5–3 hours, with about a 2.5-hour return drive.

Dates: June 18,  September 17


 

All trips take place on the territories of Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Coast Salish peoples, and the Wilderness Committee recognizes the sovereignty of these Indigenous Nations and expects all participants to carry themselves with respect and compassion.

For any questions about our 2022 trail building and field season, please contact our campaign organizer Em at emily@wildernesscommittee.org

Registration

  • Current Waiver
  • Health declaration
  • Trip info
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Now that you've decided to join us this season on a trail building trip, you can register below starting with the waiver form. 

*Please read up on details for your trip by going back to the trail building main page.

Waiver form

for Wilderness Committee trail building trips
Please read this form carefully and indicate that you agree below.

* This waiver applies to all activities undertaken by myself on my travels and work with the Wilderness Committee, and all other activities that are in any way associated with the Wilderness Committee.

* I understand that I am not allowed to participate in any Wilderness Committee projects or activities without first signing this Waiver Form. By signing this form I absolve all persons employed by the Wilderness Committee, assisting with the Wilderness Committee, including partners, First Nations, and all other individuals, from liability for any cost, damage or harm incurred to me or any of my family/friends/associates.

* I am fully responsible for my own safety and responsible for my equipment while I am associated with the Wilderness Committee and/or their associates.

* I understand that there is risk involved, including the risk of injury or possible death, (examples: injury or death caused by hypothermia, drowning, animal attack, food poisoning, plant poisoning, water born disease, falling, car accident, boat accident etc.)

* In case of injury or death to myself or damage to my equipment, however caused and even in the case of gross negligence, I and/or my family/friends/associates will not in any way hold the representatives of the Wilderness Committee, nor their directors, employees or volunteers, responsible.
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