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!
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org