Vancouver Island Group Ride Proposal for 2023

After two very successful group rides in the Kootenays, it seems as though the Killer Beez are interested in considering another out-of-town group ride in 2023.  One of the areas suggested was Vancouver Island.  Some of us participated in a very enjoyable 6 day Vancouver Island Ride in 2014 which was organized by Michael Malkowski and Bob Perra.  I recently met with Michael and Don Brown, who also participated in the 2014 ride, to discuss the possibility of another Vancouver Island Ride.  Since the 3 day ride format used in the Kootenays was so successful, we mapped out a 3-4 day loop for consideration which can be accessed through the following links.

Day One – Sydney to Lake Cowichan via Salt Spring Island.

Day Two – Lake Cowichan to Sooke.  This could possibly be broken into two days with a layover in Port Renfrew.  However, accommodation there is limited.

Day Three – Sooke to Sydney.  This is partly on the Galloping Goose Trail.

These routes are subject to fine tuning and are intended to show approximate distances and elevations only.

Cars (except support vehicles) would be parked at the Tsawwassan ferry terminal.

I look forward to receiving your comments in this regard.

Cross-country Skiing / Snowshoeing Starts at Nordic

The Snow Gods worked their magic early this year so it’s time to dust off the skis / snowshoes and hit the trails at the Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club.  

Starting this coming Saturday and Sunday, we will meet near the pavilion (the usual place) at Mission Creek Regional Park by 9:15 am latest for carpooling.   Skiing / snowshoeing will start at Nordic at approximately 10 am.

Let’s go play in the snow !!

A Bike Tour Anyone ??

Now that Winter has arrived in BC, it’s the time some us like to dream about our next cycling adventure.  Here are a few Cycling Tours to mull over as you shovel out your driveway.  Be aware that the tour prices are quoted in US dollars.

Walk in the snow – Saturday Nov 12

We might be close to getting the skis out but for this Saturday, we are going to stay in town and enjoy the snow here! The weather is clearing, as are the roads.

Meet at 9am at the Bean Scene Dickson, chat over coffee, then head out to Scenic Canyon at 9:45am (which is mostly flat and should be easy to walk)! Start will be at 10am there. We will see how far we make it!

For those who are keen we could discuss a snowshoe outing for Sunday …

Dilworth Mountain Hike on Saturday

On Saturday we will hike scenic Dilworth Mountain.  Gorgeous views of West Kelowna, Downtown Kelowna and the Glenmore valley are available from the Dilworth Mountain trails and summit.  The hike will start at 10 AM from the parking lot on Glacier Crescent.  Ample parking is available at this location. 

Hope to see you there.

Volunteers Required for UBCO Study

The following email was received from Jordan Boultbee, a student at the University of BC, Okanagan Campus:

My name is Jordan Boultbee; I work under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Little in the Exercise Metabolism and Inflammation lab at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

We are doing a 2 x 2 study design on immune function, and one group that is of particular interest to us – is endurance athletes!  We are currently looking for master’s athletes.

If you could please share the attached study poster with your members or on your website/ Facebook page, that would be much appreciated.  It offers eligibility criteria and so on! Thank you for your consideration,

Jordan Boultbee

HES Honours Student | Exercise Metabolism and Inflammation Laboratory

The study poster is available below.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study please contact Jordan at

Recruitment Poster

Hairpins Anyone ??

Have a desire to cycle some hairpins and don’t mind flying to get there?  Then this might be the hill for you.  600 hairpins could be a considerable exaggeration, however there certainly are enough to keep you busy.  Starting at an elevation of 3,197 meters may be a bit of an inconvenience.  Click here for the hill specs.

Haven’t put the bike away yet?  Click here for the closest airport.

Hike for Saturday – October 29

As requested, we are going to hike Pin Cushion Mountain (Peachland) on Saturday (Oct 29)!

It’s a short hike of about 2km to the top but it is steep so bring good shoes and/or poles.

  • Elevation at the gate (start): 570 m (1875 ft)
  • Elevation at the summit: 815 m (2682 ft)

The parking lot is off Ponderosa Drive (turn right at the next light AFTER the IGA/Petrocan shopping area on the right). Hike starts at 10am, rain or shine.

Please carpool from Starbucks on Louie Drive (the “new” Starbucks in West Kelowna) due to limited parking and for the Earth – meet there at 9:30am. If you can arrange to pick up a fellow hiker somewhere in Kelowna, even better. 

We will most definitely gather at Bliss Bakery after the hike 🙂 Also, there is an option to walk around the new Goats Peak Regional Park (which is off the highway when coming back from Peachland) on the way back, if anybody wants to walk more. It has very nice views as well.

Hike for Saturday (and Rail Trail Tour tomorrow!)

Remember: Rail Trail Tour tomorrow, Wednesday – Enjoy the last sunshine before it turns ugly! Details in the previous post …

Hike for Saturday, October 22:

The weather forecast looks questionable so the plan is to meet at the Bean Scene (Dickson) for a coffee at 9am, then decide whether it’s nice enough to hike Scenic Canyon (starting in the Greenway parking lot) or maybe just do a walk on the Rail Trail starting at the Bean Scene if it’s wet. 

We will decide, caffeinated, at 9:45am where we will go! Bring a jacket!