Join us for a walk!

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

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 – Royston Seaside Trail – 9:45 AM

Route: Meet at Hilton Road parking lot. Meeting location is at Royston waterfront between Chinook Road (turn 3650 Island Highway) and Lince Road continuing along Marine Drive until Ronald Ave., main parking lot is at the end of Hilton Road. Walk along waterfront trail and view the shipwrecks.

Amenities:  Coffee in the Park. Bring lawn chairs and coffee. Coffee may also be available for take out at the Royston Roasting Company at 3904 Island Hwy. St.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 – Comox Marina – 9:45 AM

Meeting Spot:  Filberg Road, east side of Filberg Park, Comox

Coffee– Filberg Park, weather permitting

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 – Rotary Trail and Tin Town – 9:45 AM

Meet Spot:  Courtenay Train Station, Cumberland Road, near McPhee Avenue, Courtenay

OCTOBER 5, 2020 – Comox Town Walk – 9:45 AM

Meet Spot:  St. Joseph’s hospital parking lot, near corner of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue.

OCTOBER 12, 2020 – Thanksgiving – No Walk

FRIDAY WALKS

If you haven’t joined us for a Friday Walk since the Covid19 lockdown, things are going well, if a little differently! 

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

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 – Goose Spit – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at the parking lot near the portable toilets. First, we’ll go up the challenging stairs and Nob Hill trail. Warning – this uphill trek makes this one of our more challenging walks.  Plenty of time to catch our breath as we make our way back to the Spit on forest trails and quiet streets. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, portable toilets and, on this low tide day, coffee circles on the beach. 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 – Comox Marina Park and West – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet by the gazebo in Marina Park.  This route includes a walk around the marina area and to the west, through quiet streets and small parks. An easy walk with some local history.

Amenities:  Parking lot, flush toilets, and green space for coffee circles.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 – Cumberland China Bowls – A new route for us! 

Route:  Approximately 70 minutes.  Meet at the Recreation Centre Parking lot, 2665 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland.  Persevere on the long uphill trek up a logging road until we approach Perseverance Creek 😉.  Here, we’ll take a few minutes to explore the creek and the China Bowls (China Potholes).  A challenging climb in and an easy downhill out.  Some loose gravel – wear suitable footwear. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, flush toilets, and green space for coffee circles in #6 Mine Park accessible from the back end of the parking lot.

OCTOBER 2, 2020 – Kye Bay – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  At Kye Bay, park in the lot at the bottom of the hill.  This route will be a low tide day.  We will walk the beach toward Airforce Beach and back.  Expect some rocks and a lot of walking through sand. 

Amenities:  Parking lot, flush toilets at Kye Bay. Large beach and park area for coffee circles.

OCTOBER 9, 2020 – Aspen Park/Idiens Greenway, Comox – 8:45 AM    

Route:  Meet at Aspen Park, beside Aspen Elementary School, Comox. Parking on the south side of Bolt Ave or in the small Aspen Park parking lot. Mostly flat paved trails and quiet streets as we follow the greenways past Idiens Park and Lerwick Forest.

Amenities: parking, washrooms at Quality Foods as pass by.  Coffee circles in the Park.

OCTOBER 16, 2020 – Point Holmes – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet by the boat launch on Lazo Rd.  This route will be a low tide day allowing for some beach walking (a few rocky areas), as well as the oceanfront trail and quiet streets.

Amenities:  Adequate parking and portable toilet.  Coffee circles on the beach.

OCTOBER 23, 2020 – Puntledge Park – 8:45 AM

Route:  Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at the parking lot on 1st Street, Courtenay, opposite Urguhart Ave.  A reasonably consistent, easy trail with some ups and downs and partly on city streets. We hope to see salmon spawning – potentially stinky but interesting! 

Amenities:  Parking lot, toilet and green areas for coffee circles. 

OCTOBER 30, 2020 – Comox Mix Up – 8:45 AM

Route: Approximately 60 minutes.  Meet at Comox Marina Park by the gazebo.  Expect a mix of quiet streets, creekside trails and ocean views with some ups and downs…and…maybe a few spooky sights?

Amenities:  Street parking, flush toilets, and ample space in Marina Park for coffee circles. 

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.