A field trip committee organizes outings year round. In the Spring, Summer & Fall these outings are walks or hikes. In the Winter, naturalists don their snowshoes and continue to pursue their interests. All these outings are an opportunity for club members to get together and explore the natural world. These occasions are always congenial and highly enjoyable. Do participate!

These excursions are of varying levels of difficulty and are rated as follows:

  1. EASY – level ground and short distance.
  2. MODERATE – variable terrain, usually 3–4 hours long.
  3. DIFFICULT – full day hikes, involving challenging terrain.

Participants meet at Billy’s Restaurant unless indicated otherwise. From this location we car pool and if you share transportation, a contribution to the driver for gas is usually appreciated. The public is invited to participate in these field trips.


  • Please phone the leader of the outing a day or so beforehand.
  • Participants are expected to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy boots.
  • Carry a lunch and a drink.
  • Children are welcome but consult with the leader to determine if the trip is suitable.
  • Dogs not allowed on outings.

NOTE: Changes are often made. Check this website to ensure that the date and information is correct. Those people who are not members of VFFN must sign a waiver at the start of the trip.

2022 List of Outings

(Click on the name of the hike for more details)

Hike: Botanizing with Mary
June 23rd, 2022
Meet at 9:30 AM

The wildflowers are incredible this year and Swan Lake is no exception.  The thing about wildflowers is they soon fade away and another species takes it place. The tretelia, especially, is in full bloom.

If you are interested in doing this walk, meet at the upper parking lot, tomorrow, Thursday, June 23rd. at 9:30 am.  People can decide whether they are interested in one hour or 2 hour walk.

For new members here are the directions on how to access the upper parking lot.  Head out on Highway 5A (towards the airport), go pass the turn off to the right (Laurie Currie Way) & pass the turn off to the left (Airport Road).  Go straight on.  You will pass 2 houses on the right and you will soon see the Fortis gas storage yard on the right.  There is a short entrance and a gate.  I will open the gate so cars can park in the area.  If you arrive late you can open the gate and come in but don’t forget to close the gate.  For more info. gives us a call 250 295 7154 or email mhmasiel@gmail.com

See you there.  Sorry no dogs.  Bring Binocs & Camera.