Dragon's Back

Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with an educational self-guided hike up the Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem “Lookout of the Two-Headed Serpent” trail, known locally as Dragon’s Back.

The trail is located in S’ólh Téméxw (“our world” in the Halq’eméylem), known by non-Indigenous peoples as Hope, BC. Local Interpreters will be stationed throughout the trail sharing their knowledge about the important Stó:lō history of the landscape. Not a hiker? Join us down at the trailhead where you will find various presenters, music, local arts and crafts vendors, and the Golden Bannock food truck selling food and drinks.

September 30, 2022 marks the 2nd annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. It’s a chance to engage and educate people about B.C.’s colonial history, encourage deeper reflection, learning and public dialogue on the relationship Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and how it has impacted Indigenous communities – a vital component of the reconciliation process. This event’s purpose is to share information about the significance of the  Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem (Dragon’s Back) trail – the Indigenous historical and cultural relationship to it, highlighting the beauty and resilience of indigeneity, and the strengthening of bonds with allies as we navigate this complex and meaningful day.

Learn more about the trail at http://hopemountain.org/dragons-back-kwokwechiwel-stlaleqem-trail/

COST

Free of charge to enter/participate (learn, hike). Please register here so we know how many people to expect. Items such as food, drinks and art will be available for purchase from local vendors present.

PHYSICAL DEMAND

This event is aimed at people of all abilities and fitness levels. Interpreters will be stationed at various points of interest along the trail so people can stay at the main staging area in the parking lot/trailhead, or hike to any, or all points along the trail.

The trail is 5.8 km return, with 437 cumulative elevation gain over moderate, forested terrain. with many steep steps to climb up and down. There will be lots of opportunities to rest and enjoy the surroundings as you explore. Participants wishing to hike the entire trail should be in reasonably good physical condition.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

ITINERARY

Friday, September 30, 2022

9:00 AM – Event commences. Interpreters will be stationed along the trail. Presenters will be set up in the parking lot. Vendors will be open.

9:30 AM – Opening comments in the parking lot

2:00 PM – Event wrap-up

MEETING PLACE

Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem (Dragon’s Back) trailhead/parking lot

Silver Skagit Road, Hope BC

See MAP

To find the event location, enter “Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem (Dragon’s Back)” in Google Maps, or follow Silver Skagit Road south from Flood Hope Rd approximately 1.5 km until you reach a small gravel road on the right that leads you uphill to the very large gravel parking area where the event will be set up. The beginning of the trail is located at the very end of the parking area in the far-left corner beside the wooden kiosk. This access road (approximately 100 m in length) is rough gravel and may feel too steep for some vehicles. Cars uncomfortable with driving a steep gravel road can park on the side of Silver Skagit Rd and walk up the 100 meters to the parking lot. The first half of the lot will be allocated for parking; the half closest to trailhead will be taped off the day before for event setup.

TRANSPORTATION

Participants must arrange their own transportation.

How to find the trailhead and Parking Lot:

To find the event location, enter “Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem (Dragon’s Back)” in Google Maps, or follow Silver Skagit Road south from Flood Hope Rd approximately 1.5 km until you reach a small gravel road on the right that leads you uphill to the very large gravel parking area where the event will be set up. The beginning of the trail is located at the very end of the parking area in the far-left corner beside the wooden kiosk. This access road (approximately 100 m in length) is rough gravel and may feel too steep for some vehicles. Cars uncomfortable with driving a steep gravel road can park on the side of Silver Skagit Rd and walk up the 100 meters to the parking lot. The first half of the lot will be allocated for parking; the half closest to trailhead will be taped off the day before for event setup.

WHAT TO BRING

Whenever you are hiking, you should always carry The Essentials

At a minimum, participants will need the following for this outing:

  • Two poles per person – optional, but greatly improves stability
  • Lunch and high-energy snack food
  • Water (at least 1 litre per person)
  • Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 face mask
  • Rain jacket,
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, binocularsFoam pad to sit on
  • Backpack to carry all your gear

CANCELLATION

With consideration of COVID-19 global pandemic, we ask every participant to self assess for symptoms before participating and please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

The event will run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of attendees.

A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY

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.

This is an inclusive program and we welcome all people.

This is a dog-friendly trail but please respect others knowing that it will be especially busy this day.

PROGRAM PARTNERS