Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre Traditional Plants with Yvette John - Hope Mountain Centre

On the shady forest floor, we’ll find aromatic wild ginger, stinging nettle, lilies, numerous edible berries, and many other plants that heal and nourish.

Yvette will share with us her detailed knowledge of the “traditional plants” used by First Nations for food, medicine, technology, and cultural practices. Scientists refer to this field of study as “ethnobotany,” which describes the many complex relationships that exist between humans and plants.

The hike will follow the Skagit River Trail, where the endangered Spotted Owl is known to nest, and where Harlequin Ducks breed on the Skagit’s fast-flowing spring freshet. This route was traditionally used by the Stó:lo and other First Nations as a plant gathering and hunting area. In 1858, American gold miners built a trail up the valley to avoid British taxes, and this trail is still in use today.

Trail distance: 6 kilometres round-trip distance on gentle terrain. This easy day hike is accessible to people of all fitness levels.


  • Lunch and dessert during the hike
  • Two professional guides
  • First aid support


8:00 AM – Meet at the Owl Street Café in Hope. Click HERE for map.

Note: if you would like to have breakfast, come earlier (7:30 AM) to leave enough time.

8:30 AM – Vehicles depart from the Owl Street Cafe.

9:15 AM – Begin hiking from Sumallo Grove.

12:15 PM – Lunch on the Skagit River Trail.

3:30 PM – Return to Sumallo Grove.

4:15 PM – Arrive at Owl Street Café in Hope.


The Owl Street Café is located in Silver Creek, just outside of Hope.

View detailed location map.

View map of the Skagit River Trail.


Participants are expected to drive their own vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged.


  • High-energy snack food
  • Water (2 litres recommended per person)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy runners
  • Warm clothes and rain gear in case of bad weather
  • Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, guide books


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.


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.