SWEET SUMMERTIME! Finally warm and long days to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a new hike, walk, or local activity to add to your summer bucket list, we’ve gathered a few suggestions from members of our community. Happy adventuring!
Rolley Lake, Mission, BC
“Rolley Lake is our newest recommendation for a fun day/overnight trip that's close to home. A quiet Provincial Park located in Mission, only 45-60 minutes (traffic dependent) from our home in White Rock! Great hiking, including the Rolley Falls hike (easy/moderate) and the loop around the lake (4-5km, also easy/moderate). Lots of forested areas for adventure, swimming, and trout fishing available in the lake, and access to great adventure roads like the Florence Lake FSR which has numerous lakes along the rugged drive (4x4 recommended). It is a wonderful little gem close to home where we enjoy quiet, beauty, and sub-zero overnight temperatures in our tent. Highly recommended by the Jones family!”
Mr. Jones, Assistant Head of School (Evan, Grade 1, Miles, Grade 3)
Harrison Hot Springs Adventures
“The Hodsons love Harrison Hot Springs for the hiking and biking trails as well as all the great spots to canoe. A favourite hike that is family-friendly but still a bit of a workout is the Sandy Cove hike to a secret beach on Harrison Lake. Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park is great for canoes (which can be rented during summer months).”
Christiane Hodson, Director of Advancement (Jillian, Grade 6 and Josh, Grade 9)
John Hendry Park
"Hendry Park. It is a beautiful park with a small lake and beach area, mountain views, and a large variety of trees you can learn about (pictured is Mike leading the tree tour). I visit this park often and during the Spring/Summer (on Saturday), there is a Farmer's Market where I get locally grown fresh produce and baked goods."
Danielle Fera, Junior School PE teacher and Mike DiPietro, Senior School Science, Curriculum Leader
Mr. Dods, Senior School Lower Division Coordinator/Risk Manager/Social Studies Teacher is such an outdoor enthusiast, that he couldn’t choose just one suggestion! Here are his top three walks/hikes in the Fraser Valley:
7 KM Return to Elk Peak (800m elevation)
14 KM Return to Thurston Peak (1100m elevation)
“I love the moment you rise above the trees and see the entire Fraser Valley stretching out in front of you combined with terrific views of the American peaks to the south. It is also a place that seems to magically change with the seasons, each bringing its own charm. Regardless of the time of year it is especially fun to watch the hang gliders take off from the ridge between Elk and Thurston!!"
9 KM Return (1000m of elevation Gain)
"This one is easy to get lost on as there are many trails that wind around the mountain in a bit of a maze. But if you like solitude and a few creaking trees, you will be rewarded at top with great views and a cabin that was built in memory of a local helicopter pilot named Bert von Hardenberg who lost his life fighting forest fires in the Fraser Valley. This place has its own charm and adventure but is not as well marked as the more popular trails but perhaps this is what I like about it."
South Langley Trail
Length: 40 KM
"This is a great spot to amble along with your dog or go for a bike ride. It is a hidden gem that zigs and zags from Campbell Valley Regional Park to Aldergrove Regional Park. For me, it’s a go to place on a rainy Sunday morning when my legs are a bit sore from a lot running and I just want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on flat ground. It can be accessed from a number of locations but one of my favourite starting points is a small parking area on 3rd Ave just off of 216."
Originally published in Spirit Magazine - Summer 2021