HOPE MOUNTAIN CENTRE (HMC) carries out many fee-based programs and annual events open to the general public in addition to our grant-funded education, conservation and trail work. Browse below to see upcoming programs including outdoor skills development, guided adventures, bird blitzes, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, World Rivers Day, Brigade Trail Race, and more.

GUIDED ADVENTURES

Step outside with us! HMC hosts a variety of guided mountain adventures every year including hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, winter camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, birding, Stó:lō archaeology tours, outdoor photography, and more.

BIRD BLITZES

HMC typically hosts two Bird Blitzes each year: Skagit Valley Bird Blitz in May, and Manning Park Bird Blitz in June. Established in 1983, the Manning Park Bird Blitz is one of BC’s longest-running bird counts, building on a growing database that now spans over 30 years of sightings.

OUTDOOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

HMC is all about increasing knowledge about and access to the outdoors. Having the skills and experience to do so safely and responsibly is key, which is why we offer a variety of skills development courses each year in partnership with experts in each area including Avalanche Safety Training, wilderness survival, wilderness first aid, navigation, traditional plants, mushroom foraging, backcountry cooking, and Leave No Trace. Many skills are also learned in the guided adventures HMC hosts each year.

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

VIMFF is an annual fundraiser put on by HMC and a much looked forward to community event full of exciting outdoor films from around the world. Held in Hope at Hope Cinema Cafe, guests can see the “Best of the Fest,” spanning mountain climbing, skiing, paddling, biking and many other mountain topics.

WORLD RIVERS DAY

Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September, World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Hope Mountain Centre, with a parallel focus on environmental stewardship, found a natural partnership with World Rivers Day and has supported their communication work for decades assisting their global communications and hosting an annual paddle event.

World Rivers Day Guided Paddle
September 25, 2022

Indigenous History Hike
September 30, 2022

Previous Programs

Protected: Avalanche Safety
January 5-9, 2022

Avalanche Safety
January 19-23, 2022

Women’s Snowshoe – Cambie Creek, Manning Park
February 5, 2022

Family Day Snowshoe – Lightning Lake, Manning Park
February 21, 2022

Women’s Snowshoe – Memaloose Trail, Manning Park
February 26, 2022

Family Snowshoe – Cambie Creek, Manning Park
March 12, 2022

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 16, 2022

Skagit Bird Blitz
May 6-8, 2022
CANCELLED due to flood damage

Birding in Hope
May 14, 2022

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 17-19, 2022

Senior’s Hike
July 13, 2022

Women’s Beginner Backpacking
July 22-24, 2022

Avalanche Safety
January 20 – 24, 2021

Family Day Snowshoe
February 15, 2021 CANCELLED

Women’s Snowshoe
February 20, 2021

Women’s Snowshoe
February 27, 2021CANCELLED

Family Snowshoe
March 13, 2021CANCELLED

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 7 – 16, 2021

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 11 – 20, 2021 CANCELLED

Avalanche Safety
January 17 – 19, 2020

Avalanche Safety
Jan 24 – 26, 2020

Family Day in Manning Park
February 17, 2020

Women’s Snowshoe
February 22, 2020

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 5, 2020

Family Snowshoe
March 14, 2020

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 8 – 10, 2020

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 5 – 7, 2020

Traditional Plants with Yvette John
June 27, 2020

Backcountry Cooking
July 4, 2020

Women’s Beginner Backpack
July 17-19, 2020

Pond Creature Crawl
August 8, 2020

Kettle Valley Railway Bike Ride
August 22, 2020

World Rivers Day
September 27, 2020

Wild Mushrooms
October 24, 2020

Avalanche Safety
Jan 25 – 27, 2019

Family Day in Manning Park
February 18, 2019

Women’s Snowshoe
February 23, 2019

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 7, 2019

Winter Camp
March 16 – 17, 2019

Women and Girls Snowshoe
March 23, 2019

Family Snowshoe
March 30, 2019

Women and Girls Mountain Biking
April 13-14, 2019

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 10 – 12, 2019

Little Explorers Outdoor Photography
May 25 & 26, 2019

School of Rock
June 9, 2019

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 14 – 16, 2019

Leave No Trace Trainer Course
June 29-30, 2019

Women and Girls Backpack
July 26-28, 2019

Pond Creature Crawl
August 24, 2019

World Rivers Day
September 22, 2019

Stó:lō Archaeology Tour
October 19, 2019

Family Day in Manning Park
February 12, 2018

Women’s Snowshoe
February 24, 2018

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 8, 2018

Family Snowshoe
March 24, 2018

Advanced Snowshoe
April 7, 2018

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 4-6, 2018

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 15-17, 2018

Traditional Plants of the Cascades
July 14, 2018

Women’s Beginner Backpack
July 27-29, 2018

Kettle Valley Railway Bike Ride
August 11, 2018

Pond Creature Crawl
August 25, 2018

Brigade Trail Race
September 8, 2018

World Rivers Day
September 23, 2018

Wild Mushrooms
October 20, 2018

Avalanche Safety
Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018

Family Day in Manning Park
February 13, 2017

Women’s Snowshoe
February 25, 2017

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 9, 2017

Family Snowshoe to Falls Lake
March 25, 2017

Winter Camp
April 8-9, 2017

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 12-14, 2017

Birding in Hope
May 27, 2017

Leave No Trace Trainer Course
June 10-11, 2017

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 16-18, 2017

Women’s Beginner Backpacking
July 21-23, 2017

Hike the HBC Trail
July 29, 2017

School of Rock
August 19, 2017

Pond Creature Crawl
Aug 26, 2017

Brigade Trail Race
September 9, 2017

World Rivers Day
September 24, 2017

Wild Mushrooms
October 21, 2017

Avalanche Safety
December 1-3, 2017

Family Day in Manning Park
February 8, 2016

Women’s Snowshoe
February 20, 2016

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
March 3, 2016

Family Snowshoe in Manning Park
March 19, 2016

Advanced Snowshoe
April 9, 2016

Outdoor Filmmaking and Editing
Apr 23-24, 2016

Skagit Valley Bird Blitz
May 6-8, 2016

HBC Trail Grand Opening
May 21-22, 2016

Othello Tunnels Tour
June 4, 2016

Women’s Mountain Bike Skills
June 11-12, 2016

Manning Park Bird Blitz
June 17-19, 2016

Women’s Beginner Backpacking
July 22-24, 2016

HBC Backpacking Trip
July 30 – Aug 6, 2016

Pond Creature Crawl
Aug 13, 2016

Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Aug 20-21, 2016

School of Rock
Aug 27, 2016

People of the Upper Skagit
Sept 9-11, 2016