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

With a heavy heart and after much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel our public summer programs (June through August) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Many reasons are behind the decision, but our primary goal is to protect the public, staff and volunteers. Hope Mountain Centre is closely monitoring the advice from the BC Public Health Office (PHO) and will adjust our plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.

Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our pause in public programming is letting us do things like upgrading school programs, sharing additional information on social media, safely continuing with our trails program and water testing, and production of short educational videos. Later in the summer, a determination will be made regarding our approach to fall public programming based on information from the Public Health Officer. In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get outdoors safely in the coming months and follow provincial guidance on safe health practice and responsible recreation.

On the shady forest floor, we’ll find aromatic wild ginger plants, 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 has been 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. This trail is still in use today.

Comments from previous Traditional Plants programs:

“Well-organized and presented.”

“I really enjoyed it – information, guides, knowledge of Yvette, Kelly and Scott were great, lunch was a really nice bonus.”

“Yvette did an excellent job of explaining the plants, location and what to look for. There was always someone at the back of the group making sure all people were present….Thanks once again for a great outing.”

“Amazing all around!!! wonderful organizing, wonderful instructor, perfect location, magical weather, handout, everything great.”

“Well done!! Love your programs – wish we could make it to more of them!”

“… Yvette was really excellent and instructional. Great experience. I think your programs are inclusive for the activities I enjoy-birds, plants, natural history.”


$95 per adult.

Youth, 18 and under, are free (with accompanying parent/guardian).

Note: Please bring your own bag lunch.


Trail distance: 4 kilometres round-trip, starting from Sumallo Grove in Manning Provincial Park.  The trail is gently graded and accessible to people of moderate physical ability.  Children are welcome!


9:00 AM – Meet at Blue Moose Coffee House (322 Wallace Street, Hope) for check-in and waiver completion. Note: Come earlier if you plan to have breakfast.

9:30 AM – Vehicles depart.

10:00 AM – Arrive at Sumallo Grove in Manning Park; hike begins.

12:00 PM – Lunch on the Skagit River Trail.

3:30 PM – Arrive back at Sumallo Grove.

4:15 PM – Arrive back at Blue Moose Coffee House.



Meet 9 AM at Blue Moose Coffee House (322 Wallace Street, Hope) for check-in and waiver completion. Note: come earlier if you plan on having breakfast.



Participants will be travelling to the meeting place and field location with their own vehicles.  Car pooling is encouraged.


  • Your own bag lunch
  • High-energy snack food
  • Water (2 litres per person)
  • Daypack
  • Hiking boots or sturdy runners
  • Warm clothes and rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, sun block
  • Plant identification book
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Camera


Liability Waiver Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

Map of Skagit River Trail


COVID-19 NOTICE: With our public programs scheduled throughout the year and knowing the uncertainty of where this is all going, we may need to postpone or cancel programs at any time. If you want to register for programs going into the summer and fall, we have temporarily updated our cancellation policy to allow for full refunds in case of personal illness of any kind or simply cancelling due to a concern over the situation at time of the event. As always, a full refund is provided if Hope Mountain Centre decides to cancel a program. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, follow guidelines set by provincial and federal agencies, and keep you informed should conditions change. 


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 your pet at home.


Register now online or reserve your spot by calling 604-869-1274, or by email at for more information.