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This year’s School of Rock trip will span two days, travelling 450 kilometers by bus through dry interior landscapes on the Fraser and Thompson Plateaus.

We’ll stop at a dozen points of interest, looking at diverse landscape features as we pass through the towns of Hope, Lytton, Spences Bridge, Cache Creek, Pavilion, and Lillooet.

All stops require very modest physical fitness and ability.


Price includes bus transport, accommodation, and educational leadership by John Clague, first aid backup by Hope Mountain Centre staff.

Single travelers can let us know if they’d like to share a room with a fellow participant to save money. Rooms offer two double beds, and couples can request a single queen-sized bed. Also, let us know if you’d like to arrange your own accommodation, and we can remove that cost from the trip.


  1. Confluence of Fraser and Thompson rivers, Lytton (discussion range of geological and ecological aspects of Fraser)
  2. Drynoch landslide, Highway 97 south of Spences Bridge (earthflow, engineering, archaeology, Mazama tephra)
  3. 1905 Spences Bridge landslide (event, impacts, other landslides on Thompson River)
  4. Highway stop, north of Spences Bridge (recent geologic history of Thompson Valley)
  5. Ashcroft landslides, Ashcroft
  6. Ice Age glacial lake, Ashcroft
  7. Cache Creek Group rocks, Cache Creek (assembly of the Cordillera)
  8. Marble Canyon, Highway 99 (limestones and Pavilion Lake)
  9. Pavilion earthflow, Pavilion, Hwy 99
  10. Fraser River terraces, Lillooet (history of Fraser River)
  11. Seton Lake near Lillooet (BC Hydro Bridge River power project)
  12. Texas Creek landslide, north of Lytton on Hwy 12 (blockage of Fraser River, upstream impacts)


Saturday, July 12th
8:00 AM – Participants meet at Owl Street Cafe in Hope (leave your car here overnight).
8:30 AM – Depart Hope for Fraser Canyon and Thompson River.

Lunch on the road – See “Food Options” below.

6:00 PM – Dinner in Cache Creek, see “Food Options” below.
Overnight stay in Cache Creek (Sandman Inn).

Sunday, July 13th
7:30 AM – Breakfast in Cache Creek, see “Food Options” below.
8:30 AM – Depart for Pavilion and Lillooet.
12:30 PM – Lunch in Lillooet, see “Food Options” below.
5:00 PM – Arrive at Owl Street Café in Hope.


  • Snack food and water
  • Hiking boots or other sturdy footwear
  • Warm clothes and rain gear
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunblock
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Geology field book, hand lens


Meet at the Owl Street Cafe
Liability Release Form

Dr. John Clague Bio

John is Shrum Professor of Science at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA, 1967), the University of California Berkeley (MA, 1969), and the University of British Columbia (PhD, 1973). Clague worked as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1975 until 1998. In 1998 he accepted a faculty position in Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where he is currently the Canada Research Chair in Natural Hazard Research. He is Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. Clague has published over 200 papers in 45 different journals on a range of earth science disciplines, including glacial geology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and natural hazards, and has consulted for several private-sector firms and government agencies. His graduate students are currently conducting research on natural hazards and late Holocene climate change in western Canada. Clague’s other principle professional interest is improving public awareness of earth science by making relevant geoscience information available to students, teachers, and the general public. He gives frequent talks to school and community groups and is regularly called on by the media to comment on a range of earth science issues. Clague has written two popular books on the geology and geologic hazards of southwest British Columbia, and a textbook on natural hazards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former President of the Geological Association of Canada, and Past-President of the International Union for Quaternary Research. He is recipient of the Geological Society of America Burwell Award, the Royal Society of Canada Bancroft Award, APEGBC’s 2001 and 2005 Innovation Editorial Board Awards, the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) 2006 E.R.W Neale Medal, and GAC’s 2007 Logan Medal. He was the 2007-2008 Richard Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America and Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology.


If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.


Restaurant meals are optional and participants are welcome to bring their own food if they wish — there is room under the bus for coolers, so you can keep food preserved with ice.

There are various restaurants in the communities where we stop, and we encourage you to dine together with all of us, in order to share the day’s experiences. Below are some of the meal options along the way.

Hope — The Owl Street Café (our departure point) does a wonderful breakfast, so consider having a meal there before we depart. They can do a tasty bag lunch for you too. Pre-order your lunch by phoning 604-869-3181. We’re having lunch on the road Saturday, so be sure to have something with you when the bus leaves.

Cache Creek — We’ll have dinner and breakfast here, and we recommend “The Heartland Greek Restaurant” which is close to the Sandman Inn where we’ll be sleeping. But there are other restaurants too, and we’ll point those out when we get into town.

Lillooet — We’ll stop for lunch in historic Lillooet, and the bus will park in the centre of town, so you’ll have the choice of several restaurants nearby.

Payment for meals will be the responsibility of each participant.


Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.


Reserve your spot by calling 604-869-1274, or by email at for more information.