Strap on your walking shoes and join the Sole Sisters walking group. This program is offered on Wednesdays from September to June (with a small break for Christmas) at various locations around the Oceanside area and is intended for women 50+, but all ages are welcome.
This is not a power walking group, but the group does walk at a moderate pace. There is a leader at the front and a leader at the back. No one is left on their own.
Time: Wednesdays, starting mid-September
Meet at 9:45am. Depart at 10:00am.
Most walks are about 90 minutes long, but can vary, being as long as 120 minutes. As a general rule, it is best to budget a bit of extra time after walks just in case anything unexpected arises on the trail.
Cost: $10.00 suggested donation for the entire season (Sept - Jun), or $5.00 for half the season. If you would like to donate by credit card, please scroll to the bottom of the page and use the Paypal button. Cash or cheque donations are also accepted in-person at walks.
Walk locations will be posted every Thursday, and you can register for a walk up to the the day before, (Tuesday) by 4:00pm. You will only be required to complete the entire registration form for the first walk you register for. After that you must still sign up, but you will be directed to a simplified sign up form.
Maximum number of participants is 40 (plus the walk leaders), so please only sign up if you know you can make the walk. If you have to cancel, please let us know by Tuesday. This gives us time to contact people who may be on the waitlist.
We are not able to welcome drop-in walkers at this time.
Thank you for reading the information below!
1. We would like each person to keep their name and emergency contact in a pocket and if possible wear a name tag. This can be as simple as a piece of masking tape with your name on it. This will help the leaders identify you if you are injured or unwell.
2. Fast walkers MUST stay in contact with the front leader. If you happen to get ahead, stop and wait, or turn back to the leader. The leader should ALWAYS be at the front of the group. If you are not willing to do this, we will not be able to count you in as part of the walk, due to safety issues.
3. It is important that you do not leave from a walk until you have checked in with the leader, so no one is left behind.
4. For the more challenging terrain, if you have poles, consider bringing them. They can be a great help when navigating tricky spots!
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fundraiser walk to support folks struggling with homelessness and food insecurity. Some of the Sole Sisters have decided to form a team. If you are interested in joining the team, making a donation, or you'd like to learn more about the event, click on the button below.
Don't forget to register for each Sole Sisters walk before you come. Drop-ins are not welcome at this time.
Description: You will enjoy the beauty of the ocean, along Judges’ Row, and the old growth trees in the Heritage Forest all in one walk, starting and finishing at the Qualicum Beach Community Centre/ Curling Rink. (Note: Not the Civic Centre by Ravensong Pool) This walk will have some steep stairs and a few gentle hills. Plan on 70-80 minutes. Take a peek at the history of the Heritage Forest. https://heritageforest.ca/
Directions: Please park by the Qualicum Beach Community Centre, just off Memorial. There is plenty of angle parking.
For more information, scroll to the bottom of the page to view the map. Please note that the map is correct and we will be in Qualicum. Despite my best efforts, the website keeps setting the address to Parksville. Apologies!
Please Note: Registration for the Wednesday walks closes on Tuesday evenings at 4:00pm.
644 Memorial Avenue, Parksville, British Columbia V9K 1L8, Canada
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