Trail Building Opportunities

For decades the Wilderness Committee has used trail building and wilderness expeditions as part of our strategy in successful campaigns to protect forests in the Elaho, Stein, Carmanah and Walbran Valleys and Clayoquot Sound in BC.

In Manitoba, we have taken volunteers to the heart of the boreal to work side-by-side with First Nations communities on community gardening and trail clearing. For more information on our field program in Manitoba, call 204-942-9292 or email contactmb@wildernesscommittee.org.

For details on the BC program, read on!

This year in our BC field program, we’ll be trail building on Vancouver Island in Kaxi:ks (Walbran Valley) and on Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois (Meares Island), where we will be working with First Nations land stewards and local activists to protect ancient forests from logging.

Trip dates (all weekends):

Join us in Kaxi:ks (Walbran Valley) March 23-25, April 27-29, May 25-27 or September 21-23; or in Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois Tribal Park (Meares Island) June 15-18 or July 13-16. For more details click on the photo of each location below.

Imagine the satisfaction of standing below a towering western red cedar on a boardwalk you just built from wood harvested from the forest. If you are prepared to work hard all day – hauling supplies, clearing brush and building trails – you will be rewarded with the opportunity to camp beneath the canopy of an ancient rainforest under a starlit night sky.

Our trail building trips require volunteers to put in long days carrying heavy loads, walk for several hours at a time and swing a hammer. In return, we promise you great company, spectacular views and a deep and abiding connection to Vancouver Island’s ancient forests.

If you’re physically fit, an experienced hiker and camper and up for an adventure, come join one of our trail building trips. You will need to bring your own camping gear and food. Packing lists can be found via each detailed trip page below. We will work with volunteers to coordinate transportation and provide tools and training.

There are limited spots available and these trips are in high demand, so we expect each of them to fill up well in advance. Please register only if you are serious about attending. Details on how to register can be found on each location-specific page. Every cancellation costs our organization time and money, which means fewer resources are dedicated to protecting these beautiful wild landscapes.

For specific trip info, click the photos below.