Join us for a walk!

Currently, we have suspended all walks because of
Public Health Covid-19 orders

Thinking of joining Newcomers and want to get to know us better?  The walks are an ideal way to do this. If you are new to the Valley in the last two years, you are welcome to attend a walk up to three times before joining the Newcomers Club.

NON-MEMBERS: Before attending

• Read the CVNC Covid19 Safety Plan
• Complete and sign the Waiver
• In these times of social distancing, we prefer you scan or photograph the signed waiver and email it to the walk convener. If not possible, bring a signed copy on the day of the walk. We will also have blank waivers on hand

Send your completed waiver to:

Monday Walks: [email protected]

Friday Walks:  [email protected] or [email protected]

 MEMBERS: Before attending a Newcomers event

Mail to or drop off:

CV Newcomers Club
2772 Fife Place
Courtenay, BC V9N 4A6

MONDAY WALKS Starting again

Introduction

We are happy to announce the return of the Monday morning walks! Things will be a little different — it’s 2020, so that won’t be a surprise to anyone! 

Start-up consists of a pilot project where we will be trying out some walks and gathering walker feedback to help work out any issues.  Also, we will adjust as BC Health orders change. 

Walk Routes – (see Route Summaries for locations). The established route criteria limit our available walks, however, help to comply with health protocols:

  • space for social distancing
  • wide trails during the walk
  • green or beach space for outside coffee circles
  • parking for 20+ cars
  • washroom/portable toilet facilities

 Social Distancing 

To achieve this key component of health regulations, walkers will join a sub-group of no more than six people.  Each sub-group will be separated both by distance and time.  The subsequent coffee time will be outdoors (weather permitting) at the same location as the walk begins and ends.  

Due to social distancing requirements and limited seating at most outdoor coffee shops, coffee may not be available on walks.  The walks will be approximately one hour in length.  

Earlier Start – 9:45 AM.  

The time will enable conveners to form the sub-groups and, with each sub-group leaving at 5-minute intervals, have all groups en route as close to 10:00 AM as possible. Walkers will be assigned a sub-group as soon as they arrive to avoid a large gathering at the departure site. 

When the first sub-group has six walkers, we review protocols, choose a captain, and the group leaves, followed by the next sub-group. We reserve the last group for those who prefer a little slower pace.

Before you attend a walk:

Gemma Connolly  [email protected]

Walker Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

Before the walk:

 Walk Day:

  • Arrive early — sub-groups will be formed as walkers arrive and depart at 5-minute intervals starting at approximately 9:45 until 10:05 AM. 
  • Agree to be a sub-group captain if asked — captains are vital to the success of the pilot.
  • Consent to the collecting of name, contact information (or photo) to aid in contact tracing.
  • Be patient while waiting for the 5-minute gap between group departures.
  • Pay close attention to your convener or captain. If you are told to go into single file, please do so, etc.
  • Stay in the same sub-group during the walk and the coffee circle (important for contact tracing.)

 Social Distancing:

  • Two metres (6+-foot) between yourself and other group members at all times — while waiting to leave, during the walk and in coffee circles
  • Three metres (10+ feet) between yourself and the walkers directly in front of you
  • Four metres (13+ feet) between sub-groups while waiting for departure and in a coffee circle

Bring your own:

  • mask, hand sanitizer/sanitizer wipes
  • coffee and snack – no sharing
  • lawn chair for coffee circle
  • umbrella or sunhat as shade may not be readily available
  • toilet paper for portable toilets

 After the Walk:

  • contact the conveners with feedback – good and bad.  We’re learning together, and your opinion is important.

Don’t:

  • carpool to the start location
  • bring guest walkers
  • approach friends who are another sub-group, instead, meet up on your own time. Conveners are responsible for aiding in contact tracing during the Newcomers event, so stay in your sub-group

Monday Walks Schedule

November 9, 2020-Point Holmes 9:45

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet by the boat launch on Lazo Rd.  This route will be on gravel walkway alongside the water; and on quiet streets.

Amenities:  Parking and portable toilets available.  Coffee circle outside and weather dependent. 

November 16, 2020 – Courtenay Air Park 9:45

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at Courtenay Airpark on Mansfield Drive in front of airport and across from the Whistle Stop Pub.  Walk along trail and through protected marshlands.  View habitat restoration sites along pathway.

Amenities.  Parking and portable toilets available along trail.  Coffee circle outside and weather dependent. 

November 23, 2020 – Ruth Masters Greenway, Courtenay – 9:45

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at 68 Powerhouse Road, Courtenay.    Angle and shoulder street parking available.  Walk through a beautiful reserve green space close to urban centre.  Trails relatively flat and well maintained, but may be muddy at this time of year.  Please wear appropriate foot wear.

Amenities:  No washrooms available at trail head.    Coffee circle outside and weather dependent. 

November 30, 2020 – Royston Seaside Trail 9:45

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at Hilton Road Parking Lot.  Walk along waterfront trail and view the ship wrecks. 

Amenities: Portable toilets available at trail head.  Coffee circle outside and weather dependent. 

FRIDAY WALKS

Welcome walkers to the Winter Walk Season!  Where possible, we will plan an alternate route as a rainy-day option. Regardless, expect rain and potentially muddy and slippery trails and dress appropriately.  Weather permitting, we will continue the social circles – remember to bring a chair and a blanket.

Walk Routes – Please read the Route Summaries (below) before the walk to ensure the route is suitable for you.  The established route criteria will help us comply with health protocols. Our Covid19 friendly criteria include:

  • Space for social distancing
  • Wide trails during the walk
  • Green or beach space for outside coffee circles
  • Parking for 20+ cars
  • Washroom/portable toilet facilities

Social Distancing – To achieve this critical component of health regulations, walkers join a sub-group of no more than six people.  Each sub-group is separated both by distance and time.  The subsequent coffee time is outdoors (weather permitting) at the same location as the walk begins and ends. For fall and winter walks, bring a blanket!

Earlier Start – 8:45 AM.  The earlier time enables conveners to form the sub-groups and, with staggered start times, have all groups en route by approximately 9:00 AM.  Walkers are assigned a sub-group upon arrival to avoid a large gathering at the departure site.

When the first sub-group has six walkers, we review protocols, choose a captain, and the group leaves, to be followed by the next sub-group. We reserve the last group for those who prefer a little slower pace.

(Note:  Monday Walks may have a bit more relaxed pace with more accessible routes.)

Before you attend a walk:

  • Assess your health – if you don’t feel well, stay home
  • Review the Walker Dos and Don’ts – This is a MUST

Walker’s Dos and Don’ts

DO:

Before the walk:

  • Review the Route Summary to ensure your comfort level with the route, location and amenities.

On Walk Day:

  • Arrive early – we form sub-groups as walkers arrive. Sub-groups depart in staggered intervals from approximately 8:45 AM to 9:00 AM. 
  • Agree to be a sub-group captain if asked – captains are vital to the success of the walks.
  • Agree to a photo of your sub-group to aid in contact tracing.
  • Be patient while waiting to be organized into groups and during the gap between departures.
  • Pay close attention to your convener or captain – if you are told to go into a single file or step off the path to allow other path users to pass, etc., please do so.
  • Stay in your sub-group during the walk and the coffee circle (important for contact tracing).

Social Distancing Requirements:

  • Two metres (6+-foot) between yourself and other group members at all times – while waiting to leave, during the walk and in your group coffee circle.
  • Three metres (10+ feet) between yourself and the walkers directly in front of you.
  • Four metres (13+ feet) between sub-groups while waiting for departure and in a coffee circle.

Bring your own:

  • mask, hand sanitizer/sanitizer wipes
  • coffee and snack – no sharing
  • lawn chair for coffee circle
  • umbrella for rain and or hat for sun
  • toilet paper for portable toilets
  • blanket to cozy up with during coffee

After the Walk:

  • Contact the conveners with feedback – good and bad.  Keeping the walks going in these strange times means we need to be doing the right things.  We are all learning. 

DON’T:

  • Carpool to the start location
  • Bring guest walkers
  • Approach friends who are another sub-group, instead, meet up on your own time. Conveners are responsible for aiding in contact tracing during a Newcomers event.  Stay in your sub-group

Friday Walks Schedule and Route Summaries

NOVEMBER 6 – Exhibition Grounds and Tsolum River Trails – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 50 minutes.  Enter the Exhibition Grounds at 4839 Headquarters Road.  Park in the lot to the left of the Comox Valley Curling Club building.  Mostly flat wooded trails and a river visit. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, portable toilet and ample green space for coffee circles. 

NOVEMBER 13- Courtenay Air Park/Millard Creek – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Park in the lot at Mansfield Dr. (Behind the Bayside Café).  The path will be a combination of flat, paved and dirt trails.  Boardwalks may be slippery on wet days. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, portable toilet by the playground, green space for coffee circles.

November 20 – Royston Seaside Trail – 8:45 AM

Route: Approximately 60 minutes.  From 19A in Royston, take Marine Drive.  Park and meet near the picnic area at 39 Marine Drive.   A couple of moderate hills.

Amenities:  Street parking, picnic tables, green space.  Portable toilet enroute. 

November 27 – Tin Town – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Leave from the Tin Town Café, 2456 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay.  We’ll follow the old railway trail.  Mostly flat.  Possible muddy areas. 

Amenities: The Tin Town Café has agreed to let us sit outside their café for our coffee circles and use their washroom. In exchange, we might want to buy a treat (like the fabulous berry muffins!).  (Note: we cannot sit inside unless 2-metres distant, which this tiny café cannot accommodate.) Street parking. 

December 4 – Seal Bay – Hardy Road – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 65 minutes.  Meet up at the Hardy Road parking lot, 2201 Hardy Rd., Courtenay. Take 19A to Hardy Road. Turn east on Hardy past Paradise Plants Garden Centre for approximately 2 km to the large parking area. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, portable toilet and ample room for coffee circles. Park brochures on site. 

December 11 – Cumberland – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at the small municipal park on the south side of Dunsmuir, between 3rd and 4th St. (beside the Wandering Moose Café).  Expect quaint streets, trails and local history. 

Amenities: Sweet little park with a portable toilet and ample room for coffee circles.  Bring your own coffee or treat yourself to a Wandering Moose creation! Visit the bakery before you leave town.

December 18 – Courtenay Town – 8:45 AM 

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes. Meet at the parking lot ABOVE the Filberg Centre and BELOW the Native Sons Hall. Route will include a walk-by viewing of Christmas displays on the lovely quiet streets of the Old Orchard area and downtown shops.   

Amenities:  Ample parking lot, green space by the river.  Unisex flush toilet at the Sid Williams Theatre. 

December 25 – No Walk – Merry Christmas!  Ho-ho-ho!

January 1, 2021 – Comox – Good riddance, 2020!  Late start – 11AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at the Comox Marina Park pavilion at the back of the park.  Note: a later start will allow you to clear the New Year’s Eve cobwebs and some fresh air will help!

Amenities:  Ample parking, flush toilets, various coffee circle sites (Marina Park, boardwalk picnic tables, park across from D’esterre House). Nearby coffee shops may not be open – bring your own.  Some rain coverage available.

January 8 – Idiens Greenway/Lerwick Forest – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at the Comox Quality Foods, 2275 Guthrie Rd., and park in the lot at the back of the store.  Mostly flat paved trails and quiet streets as we follow the greenway past Idiens Park and through Lerwick Forest (some narrow paths with roots).

Amenities:  Ample parking. Washrooms, coffee and snacks available in Quality Foods.  Coffee circle sites near the store. (Note: we cannot sit inside unless 2-metres distant.)    

Jan 15 – Nymph Falls – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes. Meet at the parking area at 4481 Forbidden Plateau Road.  We will follow the trails and view the falls.  Wear proper footwear for muddy trails and tree roots.   

Amenities:  Ample parking, toilet, coffee circle sites in parking area or off the trail. 

Jan 22 – Air Base Fitness Trail – Comox – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes. Meet at the Canex/Post Office parking lot at 1625 Military Row. We will follow the fitness trail loop. (Climbing the wooden poles is optional!)  Wear proper footwear for muddy trails and tree roots.       

Amenities:  Ample parking, washroom and a Tim Hortons Express in the Canex building.  Coffee circles in and around the edges of the parking area.    

January 29 – Kin Beach Park to Air Force Beach – 8:45 AM   

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at parking lot within Kin Beach Park – 1712 Astra Road, Comox.  (Note: If the park gate is closed, continue a little further on Astra to the picnic area parking.) We’ll walk up the Astra hill, enter the Tee Pee Park Campground and make our way to Air Force Beach.    

Amenities:  Ample parking, pit toilets and green space.  Some rain coverage.