Hiking, Cycling, and Snowshoeing

Hiking, Cycling, and Snowshoeing

Hikers in Okanagan Mountain Park

The season

Year-round, except in times of pandemics. COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of CONC’s group activities until further notice.

Hiking and bicycling activities begin in the spring (late-March to early-April) and continue until the snow flies (often late-November) when skiing and snowshoeing start.

Sole Survivors schedule (Google calendar) Ramblers schedule (Google calendar)
First aid kit information (PDF) Electrolytes recipe (PDF)
What to do if you’re lost in the Woods

Summer camps

Each summer CONC hikers have a five-day (approximately) summer camp whose focus is on a variety of hikes, some longer, some shorter. The summer 2019 camp was in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state.

The summer 2020 camp scheduled for Jasper National Park (in Alberta), August 9 through 14, has been cancelled.

When Sherrell contacted the national park about cancelling the trip, she received the following information from the National Park.

It is unfortunate that your booking has to be cancelled at this time. I know your group was looking forward to coming, and we were looking forward to hosting you!

“However, the health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and employees is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.

“Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice. This temporary suspension includes all overnight visitor facilities, including all campgrounds, accommodations, and backcountry camping, and of course, the Palisades Centre.”

The summer 2021 camp is being considered for Strathcona Provincial Park (on Vancouver Island) in July (perhaps 22-28) or August (perhaps somewhere between 4-14).

For details, please contact Sherrell Davidson, (778) 478-1956. All CONC hikers are welcome to attend.

Carpooling

Carpooling is encouraged for general conservation reasons and because we sometimes must use bad roads or arrive at places with limited parking. The carpooling rate is nominally ten cents per kilometre driven per passenger paid to the driver after returning to the parking lot. There is a $2 minimum donation per person. Activity descriptions usually indicate the donation.

Administrative Details

Sole Survivors hiking trips usually involve some bushwhacking and/or off-trail sections. Ramblers trips are usually gentler and shorter.

Meeting Place in Kelowna: The Apple Bowl parking lot, near the corner of Burtch and Bernard. Participants should arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the announced departure time.

West Kelowna Meeting Place: If you want to be picked up in West Kelowna, please call the hike leader at least one day in advance. For some hikes on the west side of Okanagan Lake, hikers may confirm with the leader, and arrange to join, where the particular hike schedule so designates.

Guests are welcome to join one hike before becoming a CONC member. Guests must sign a waiver form (PDF). Check this document for general details on participation. Click the links below for the schedules of each group.

If you have particular questions about any hike, please phone the hike leader (as noted in the schedule) or contact the hike coordinator.

For the Ramblers, the coordinator is Merle Auty, (250) 861-4500.

For the Sole Survivors, the coordinator is Elisabeth Dahnert, (250) 766 3895.

Note the information on selected items for your personal first aid kit and a recipe for electrolytes to keep you hydrated in the hot Okanagan sun.

Sole Survivors schedule (Google calendar) Ramblers schedule (Google calendar)
First aid kit information (PDF) Electrolytes recipe (PDF)
What to do if you’re lost in the Woods

 

Grass in foreground

Hikers in Okanagan Mountain Park       Hikers with Little White in the background

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Last updated 2020 03 23.