Outings

Outings

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.

Expectations

  • 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.

2018 List of Outings

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


Nickel Plate
February 24th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Trails within the Core area, moderate hike, $10 trail fee

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Separation Lake & August Lake
March 10th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 10:00 AM

Birding trip, easy walking.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Road 22 in Osoyoos and hike to next Winery
March 24th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 8:30 AM

Birding, etc.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Tour de Keremeos and Ginty Pond
April 7th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Begin at bike trail on old RR line, touring wetlands adjacent to the bike trail; going through Keremeos to the other end of the bike trail; then Ginty’s Pond in Cawston.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Osoyoos Desert Centre
April 28th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Easy – Learn about desert ecology, habitat restoration, and conservation of endangered eco-systems in the Okanagan.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Tour A & B
May 12th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

easy/moderate – A visit to Currie Meadows to look at the flora and birds in the different sluices in the area; the trip continues in the PM to look at more birds and flowers off the China Creek Road. This will be a 2020 venue and we are looking for tour guides.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Hwy 5a wetlands and Circle tour (Kane Valley area)
May 26th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

View numerous lakes – main attraction, wetlands at the junction of Tulameen Road and Hwy 5A – Kane Valley Loop to check out the lakes – all day trip.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Wendy Hawkes - Tour of Swan Lake
June 2nd, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Wendy will narrate info. from a First Nations’ perspective.
Meet at 9:00 AM at Billy’s or at 9:15 at Swan Lake.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


KVR Ride
June 9th, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 12:00 AM

moderate to difficult ride – Start at White Sands Beach in Coalmont – Finish in Town – Attraction: the Tulameen River and the Geology of the area – Take most of the day – also a 2020 venue – want feedback after the ride.

Contact John to confirm attendance by Saturday 6:00 pm at 295-7154


Open
June 23rd, 2019
Meet at Billy's Family Restaurant at 9:00 AM

Contact John at 295-7154 if you would like to lead a hike on this day.