Blind Beginnings Summer Hikes 2020

Colliery Dam Loop (Nanaimo) – August 15th

Blind Beginnings will be going on a hike on the trail at the Colliery Dam Loop while following distancing measures and other public health regulations. Colliery Dam Loop is a 2.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nanaimo, British Columbia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

More information can be found below:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/british-columbia/colliery-dam-loop?ref=result-card

When: Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Time: 10:45 AM

Where: Colliery Damn Parking Lot located at 691 Sixth St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 1J7. Directions via google maps located at this link. There are two parking lots, one along Nanaimo Lakes road and the second is at bend in the road where Wakesiah becomes Sixth Street; we will meet at this latter one.
* We will meet Program Assistant Clement and Program Coordinator Carrie by the information stand/map at this parking lot by the paved path. Clement and Carrie will be wearing grey Blind Beginnings T-shirts with a blue and yellow butterfly logo.

Who: Children and Youth who are members of Blind Beginnings, along with their families, are encouraged to come out and join us in a summer activity that is both safe and enjoyable!

Cost: None. All participants who attend this outing must be members of Blind Beginnings. If you are not already a member, please visit https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/support/membership-2020/ to “Become a Member”, or renew your membership. There are no additional costs for the program.

What to bring: Please remember to bring any necessities including water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and proper attire for hiking. This time of year is also mosquito season, so ensure to bring your bug repellent if you are sensitive to mosquito bites.

Please note that sighted guides and volunteers will NOT be available, so you will need to bring your own sighted guide.

Note about COVID-19:
We will be following BC’s Phase 3 re-opening guidelines, which include the following pertinent information about outdoor parks:
– Maintain 2m of physical distance wherever possible
– Use personal masks and gloves as needed
– Seating at picnic tables will be spaced out to maintain 2 m of physical distance
– Ensure to bring your own sanitizer products as needed; there are also washrooms at the park
– Sharing of food/snacks with people inside your family bubble only

To register for the hike please contact carrie@blindbeginnings.ca no later than Thursday, August 13th. Please let us know how many people will be attending and the names and ages of your children.

Shannon Lake Regional Park (Kelowna) – August 15th

Blind Beginnings is excited to announce our hike to Shannon Lake Regional Park in Kelowna! We thought it would be a great idea to give families the opportunity to get out in the community together and enjoy a relaxing nature break. This is an easy hike and it is approximately a 2 km loop around Shannon lake. It boasts a short trail system, picnic area, and it hosts a great habitat for water birds and turtles. The park has washrooms and after your hike you can enjoy a picnic at the beach.

For more information on the hike visit:
https://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/parks-services/parks-and-trails/9-shannon-lake-regional-park.aspx

When: Saturday, August 15

Time: 10 am

Where: Swite Rd. West Kelowna, BC, V4T1T5  Access from Shannon Lake Road or from the small walkways that link the park to the adjoining neighborhood. Turn right off Highway 97 South onto Bartley Road, turn left onto Shannon Lake Road, the park is on the right hand side.
** Please meet at the Shannon Lake parking lot for 10:00 a.m. Look for Kolby Zanier –  she will be wearing a grey Blind Beginnings T-shirt and have her black lab guide dog with her. 

Who: Children and Youth who are members of Blind Beginnings, along with their families, are encouraged to come out and join us in a summer activity that is both safe and enjoyable!

Cost: None. All participants who attend this outing must be members of Blind Beginnings. If you are not already a member, please visit https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/support/membership-2020/ to “Become a Member”, or renew your membership. There are no additional costs for the program.

What to bring: Please remember to bring any necessities including water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and proper attire for hiking. This time of year is also mosquito season, so ensure to bring your bug repellent if you are sensitive to mosquito bites.

Please note that sighted guides and volunteers will NOT be available, so you will need to bring your own sighted guide.

Note about COVID-19:
We will be following BC’s Phase 3 re-opening guidelines, which include the following pertinent information about outdoor parks:
– Maintain 2m of physical distance wherever possible
– Use personal masks and gloves as needed
– Seating at picnic tables will be spaced out to maintain 2 m of physical distance
– Ensure to bring your own sanitizer products as needed; there are also washrooms at the park
– Sharing of food/snacks with people inside your family bubble only

To register for the hike please contact carrie@blindbeginnings.ca no later than Thursday, August 13th. Please let us know how many people will be attending and the names and ages of your children.

Shoreline Trail at Rocky Point Park (Port Moody) – August 22

For one of  the last hikes of the summer, we will be exploring the Shoreline Trail at Rocky Point Park while following distancing measures and other public health regulations. Located along the shores of Burrard Inlet, Rocky Point Park in Port Moody is one of the most scenic parks in the lower mainland. The Shoreline Trail is an easy walking route that wraps around the eastern most section of Burrard Inlet, starting from the pier at Rocky Point Park and ending at Old Orchard Park, where there is a picnic area, a playground, and a small beach! Families are invited to bring food and join us for a picnic. More information on this hike can be found at this link
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When: Saturday, August 22

Time: 10 am

Where: Rocky Point Park E Access Parking Lot Port Moody, BC V3H 1X2. The Google map directions for the parking lot are at this link.
** From the parking lot, walk out onto the pier next to the boat launch. Program Assistant Clement and Program Coordinator Carrie will be there waiting for you. He will be wearing grey Blind Beginnings T-shirts with a blue and yellow butterfly logo.

Who: Children and Youth who are members of Blind Beginnings, along with their families, are encouraged to come out and join us in a summer activity that is both safe and enjoyable!

Cost: None. All participants who attend this outing must be members of Blind Beginnings. If you are not already a member, please visit https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/support/membership-2020/ to “Become a Member”, or renew your membership. There are no additional costs for the program.

What to bring: Please remember to bring any necessities including water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and proper attire for hiking. This time of year is also mosquito season, so ensure to bring your bug repellent if you are sensitive to mosquito bites.

Please note that sighted guides and volunteers will NOT be available, so you will need to bring your own sighted guide.

Note about COVID-19:
We will be following BC’s Phase 3 re-opening guidelines, which include the following pertinent information about outdoor parks:
– Maintain 2m of physical distance wherever possible
– Use personal masks and gloves as needed
– Seating at picnic tables will be spaced out to maintain 2 m of physical distance
– Ensure to bring your own sanitizer products as needed; there are also washrooms at the park
– Sharing of food/snacks with people inside your family bubble only

To register for the hike please contact carrie@blindbeginnings.ca no later than Thursday, August 20th. Please let us know how many people will be attending and the names and ages of your children.

Creston Wildlife Management Area (Creston, BC) – August 22

The last hike of the summer will be taking place at the Song Bird and Boardwalk Loop within the Creston Wildlife Management Area, which consist of fairly flat and easy trails for the whole family. We will be able to experience different sounds and sights along our walk too. Creston is further a rich and biologically diverse area with over 300 species of birds, 57 species of mammals and 29 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians! Don’t miss this chance to reconnect with nature and observe these species in their natural habitat! More information on this hike can be found at this link.

When: Saturday, August 22

Time: 11 am

Where: 1760 West Creston Road, Creston, V0B 1G7
**Please meet at the on-site parking lot in front of the Discovery/Wildlife Center. Look for Kolby she will be wearing a grey Blind Beginnings T-shirt and have her black lab guy dog with her!

Who: Children and Youth who are members of Blind Beginnings, along with their families, are encouraged to come out and join us in a summer activity that is both safe and enjoyable!

Cost: None. All participants who attend this outing must be members of Blind Beginnings. If you are not already a member, please visit https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/support/membership-2020/ to “Become a Member”, or renew your membership. There are no additional costs for the program.

What to bring: Please remember to bring any necessities including water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and proper attire for hiking. This time of year is also mosquito season, so ensure to bring your bug repellent if you are sensitive to mosquito bites.

Please note that sighted guides and volunteers will NOT be available, so you will need to bring your own sighted guide.

Note about COVID-19:
We will be following BC’s Phase 3 re-opening guidelines, which include the following pertinent information about outdoor parks:
– Maintain 2m of physical distance wherever possible
– Use personal masks and gloves as needed
– Seating at picnic tables will be spaced out to maintain 2 m of physical distance
– Ensure to bring your own sanitizer products as needed; there are also washrooms at the park
– Sharing of food/snacks with people inside your family bubble only

To register for the hike please contact carrie@blindbeginnings.ca no later than Thursday, August 20th. Please let us know how many people will be attending and the names and ages of your children.