HOPE MOUNTAIN CENTRE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING (HMCOL) carries out some fee-based programs and 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 programs, guided adventures, and conservation programs including many annual events like bird blitzes, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival showing, World Rivers Day Guided Paddle, Brigade Trail Race, and more.
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.
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 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.
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.
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.