Retreads Hiking

CLR - Retreads 2022 (6)

The Retreads Hiking Club is a program run in partnership between Cowichan Lake Recreation and local area hiking enthusiasts. The club welcomes all outdoor enthusiasts interested in fitness and fun to join in exploring the beautiful trails of the Cowichan Valley area and other parts of central Vancouver Island.

Although the club’s primary emphasis is on hiking the trails of the Cowichan Valley, from time to time the club does venture to other locales. All hikes are led by experienced leaders who know the trails being hiked. All hikes are pet free. The club hikes year round with hikes that vary in skill level/endurance from average to advanced. The club usually meets Wednesdays at Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan (next to the Visitor Information Centre) to begin each hike.

Ages 18+

Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. | Fall, Winter & Spring

Wednesdays | 9:00 a.m. | Summer

Annual membership $25. 

To sign up for a membership, please call 250.749.6742 ext 0

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Hikes for March 2022 - June 2022


Hike Area
Hike Rating
Mar 23

Chemainus Lk/ Stocking Creek  


Dave A.

Mar 30
Holt Creek
Duncan W
Apr 6Bright Angel
Duncan2BDave & Beth
Apr 13CVT North Mayo Rd. to Fisherman’s Tr.
Duncan W
Dave A.
Apr 20Crofton Lake
Crofton2BJulia & Randall
Apr 27Robertson River Falls
2BCliff & Willa
May 4Wild Flower Preserve to Gordon Bay
Honeymoon Bay
1AMike & Carrol
May 11
Maple Mt. Lead Lake
3CJulia & Randall
May 18Switchbacks

3ACliff & Willa
May 25Genoa Bay to Mt. Tzouhalem
Genoa Bay
4D/3CMike & Carrol
Jun 1Jack Fleetwood & Koksilah River
Shawnigan Lake
Jun 15Maple Mt. Southview
Duncan E
3BDave A.
Jun 22Fair Service Main Mystery
Lake Cowichan
Jun 29Mesachie Lake Forest Loop
2BMike & Carrol

CVT=Cowichan Valley Trail (aka: The Trans Canada Trail)

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Hiking Guidelines

In order to maximize fun and safety on the trail, the club follows the following guidelines:

  • All hikes are pet free
  • Registration with the hike leader at the start of the hike is mandatory
  • Hiking boots and appropriate clothing are essential plus a pack with water, snacks, lunch, first aid supplies, a whistle, etc (click here for a suggested packing list)
  • No carpooling until further notice
  • For safety reasons, when on the trail participants are expected to follow directions of the hike leader(s)
  • Hike leaders will determine the route of the hike
  • Hike leaders may at their discretion terminate the hike for safety reasons (e.g.: inclement weather or deteriorated trail conditions)
  • You are expected to hike within the group (e.g.: branching off the hiking route on your own is not permitted)
  • If you need to leave the hike before it terminates, you must co-ordinate this with the hike leader and arrange for at least one other person to accompany you back to the trail head
  • Leave nothing on the trail except your footprints

Full time membership offers you the following benefits:

  • Emailed pre-hike description of hikes
  • Savings on hiking fees
  • Invitation to quarterly planning meetings
  • Invitation to all social events

Members are encouraged to contribute to the club by volunteering to lead or co-lead hikes, suggesting new trails, or other ideas for hikes. Help with social events which are held from time to time is also appreciated.

For more information on the Retreads Hiking Club, to register or to inquire about membership expiry dates, contact Cowichan Lake Recreation at 250.749.6742 ext 0.