Your CORE executive continues to work on projects to improve the club experience and promote safety.

AGM and Elections for next year’s Executive

The AGM is on Tuesday, May 30 at our regular meeting venue,  the Scarboro Community Centre 1727 – 14th Avenue S.W. All members and those interested in joining CORE are invited to attend.

Come out and get reacquainted with fellow members, share some food and refreshments, watch the slideshow of the past year’s events, and participate in the election of the 2017/2018 Executive.

Many of the current executive members have served on the board for several years and have chosen to step aside this time around. If you are interested in serving on The Executive, here are the positions with the open roles noted:

  • —Chairperson: (open)
  • —Co-Chairperson: (open)
  • —Secretary: (open)
  • —Treasurer: (open)
  • —Membership Coordinator: (open)
  • —Executive Trip Coordinator: (open)
  • —Communications Coordinator: (open)
  • —Presentations Coordinator: (Carol will continue this role)
  • —Webmaster: (Stu will continue in this role)
  • —Member-at-Large (Craig will continue in this role as the CORE Facebook manager)
  • Member-at-Large for special projects and assist Presentations Coordinator (open)

If you are interested in submitting your nomination for one of these positions, please contact our current chairperson Mike Galbraith.

How to contact a member of the CORE Executive

If you are a current CORE member, go to the Executive Contact Info page on the CORE website (corehike.org) and use your member password (the same one you use to access the CORE calendar) to log in. The Executive members are listed with their roles and email addresses.

Filling up the CORE Calendar for Spring and Summer Events

Calling all hikers, planners, leaders, day-trippers, part-time walkers, photographers, nature lovers, cyclists, tennis buffs and anyone who can spell “outdoors” to join us as we load the CORE Calendar for the summer.

Even if you have never led a hike – or even if you don’t know the way – there will be lots of help and mentors and co-trip leaders who would be delighted to come along with you.

This event will be hosted by Mike on May 18. See the CORE calendar for details.

And, as a reminder to all old-hand hike leaders and new ones alike, please review the EVENT COORDINATORS’ GUIDELINES posted on the CORE website.  These are a collection of “tribal knowledge” representing years of experience of people seasoned in mountain recreation. They are meant to promote safety in our outdoor activities.

Attach your Membership Card to your Backpack

As hike leaders, we get to know a lot of the regular attendees of hikes and other outings. But new activity leaders may not know everybody, and members who don’t come out very often may not be known to the activity leader. If you don’t have your membership card with you, then you may be asked to sign a guest waiver.



April/May 2017

As Winter tapers off to Spring, we’ve started to have some early season hikes and urban walks.

A few highlights:

April 22 - Wilderness First Aid Course

April 22 – Wilderness First Aid Course


April 29 - Porcupine Hill

April 29 – Porcupine Hill


May 3 - Fish Creek Park - Mallard Point

May 3 – Fish Creek Park – Mallard Point


May 2017 Club Meeting

The April club members meeting will be held at the Scarboro Community Centre TUESDAY, 30 May, 7:00 pm. 

Agenda: The AGM:

See The Executive Corner as well as the CORE Calendar for details.

So Long to the 2016-2017 Executive

Pat, Kim, Mike, David, Stu, Fiona, Carol, Mary, Jorge (Craig and Mark missing)

Pat, Kim, Mike, David, Stu, Fiona, Carol, Mary, Jorge (Craig and Mark missing)

 The CORE Executive for 2016-2017 wishes you a fond adieu. We’ve really enjoyed working for the club this past year (and for some of us, these past many years), but now it’s time to move over and let others apply their talents to make CORE an enjoyable and safe club in which to indulge your enjoyment of outdoor activities. 

As the song goes…..

Musical notes

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
[We] leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye — Goodbye!

[and so on]

Followup to the Wilderness First Aid Course

April 22 - Wilderness First Aid CourseThe Wilderness Safety course presented to 24 CORE members on April 22 was a great success. We learned the basics of treating shock and damaged limbs, and the most important lesson – PREPARATION. Please see the blog on the core website for a summary of the day’s activities and what we learned. What’s in your pack? What’s in your plan? Takeaways from CORE’S Wilderness Safety Workshop

Our trainer Nicole Elder did an outstanding job of keeping us entertained and engaged  during this day of instruction. For additional information on additional courses, you can contact her at:

Nicole Elder … 403 968 9726

Alberta Hiking Association Newsletter

The AHA has requested outdoor clubs again this year to submit summer hiking/walking stories for their June newsletter. We are very pleased that they have accepted a submission from CORE, written by Carol about a summer hike in Waterton Park in 2005. A version of this article is also published on the CORE website as: Waterton’s Rowe Lakes/Lineham Ridge Trail

Friends of Kananaskis Country – Trails Fest

Celebrate Kananaskis trails, people and culture at the Canmore Nordic Centre June 11, 10:00 AM to 3: PM. Pat and Kim will be representing CORE at this event. More information at http://www.kananaskis.org/trails-fest/

Canada Day Long Weekend in Kimberley

Join fellow CORE members on the Canada Day long weekend, Fri. June 30 to Mon. July 3 (3 nights) for a weekend of hiking and fun in Kimberley, BC, including a big Canada Day potluck dinner on Sat. July 1st to celebrate this special 150th birthday. Julia is has done all the legwork in coordinating this adventure.

Trickle Creek LodgeWe will stay at the Trickle Creek Lodge at the base of the ski hill in Kimberley. a contract has been negotiated  with them for discounted rooms for CORE members for Studio, One Bedroom, and Two Bedroom suites.
To date (11 May) there are 1 Studio, 10 one Bedroom and 8 two bedroom suites still available.

We also have, for our private use, the outdoor patio area as well as an indoor room off the patio for our potluck Canada Day celebration on July 1st.

Accommodation Rates – Booked Based on Availability ONLY
For reservations please call
1-877-282-1200 Ext. 2

Please note: Rooms blocked are released on May 31, 2017. Any reservations made after this date will be made strictly based on availability. 72 Hour Cancellation period applies, & a Major Credit Card is required to guarantee all accommodation reservations.

**PLEASE NOTE** When you call to reserve a room, you MUST QUOTE that you are part of the CORE Hiking Club. This will assure that you will receive the discounted rate provided!
WE NEED TRIP COORDINATORS for hikes on Saturday and Sunday (different levels). Please consider coordinating or co-coordinating a hike. Julia has several good trail maps and information on different trails. There is also a lot of info online of course.

For more detailed information on accommodations and planned  hikes, please visit the members Event Calendar on the CORE website.

Please contact Julia when you have booked a room, with names, dates etc. Julia’s contact info is on the Event Calendar posting.

Labor Day Long Weekend in Waterton

Join us on the Labour day long weekend Fri Sept. 1 to Mon. Sept. 4 (3 nights) for a weekend of hiking and fun in beautiful Waterton Park, including a potluck dinner on Saturday.  Anne-Marie is coordinating this CORE adventure.
Bear Mountain MotelWe will stay at the Bear Mountain motel, a familiar place and long time favorite of CORE members over the years. As the best cost/ quality motel accommodation in Waterton park, this place will get booked rapidly. They open for business on May 12, and everyone interested is encouraged to book a room ASAP. A deposit in the amount of the first night will be charged on your credit card, but cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to the first night for a full refund. The phone number for the Bear Mountain motel is 403-859-2366, and you can also book on-line. Their website is www.bearmountainmotel.com

Additional information on accommodation and planned excursions are posted on the CORE Event Calendar.

Please contact Anne-Marie once you have booked your accommodation. She can also assist you with car pooling and room sharing. Anne-Marie’s contact info is on the CORE members calendar.

Random Stuff

7 things to do in the Rockies this May & June

You’ve made it through winter, and summer is on the horizon. You can feel it, taste it, smell it – and nothing makes someone want to get out and get away like the promise of summer. May and June are fantastic months when summer isn’t quite here, but feels like it is. It’s a great time for a weekend getaway to the Rockies, where the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived, but everything is turning green and gorgeous.

So pack up the car and head out to the mountains. Here are 7 things to do in the Rockies this May & June.

Hiking is great way to spend time in Banff, Lake Louise, and Yoho National Park. Springtime hikes can be a little muddy or a tad snowy, but the hikes listed below are usually the first ones to be snow free. They are also kid-friendly too, so bring the whole family along.

  • Fenland Trail (Banff Townsite, right before ‘Welcome to Banff’ sign when you take the second exit into Banff) – This 2km loop is ideal for small children and bikes, and is a lovely way to spend an hour. Watch the river, or climb over old logs.
  • Sundance Canyon (Banff Townsite) – An easy 4 km hike for those who want beautiful scenery and exercise, but nothing too strenuous. A nice introduction to springtime hiking.
  • Wapta Falls (Yoho National Park) – Often one of the first snow-free trails in Yoho, this hike is enjoyable for the whole family, and a chance to see one of Yoho’s largest waterfalls

Some of the festivals on offer

  • Saturday May 16: Banff Centre Children’s FestivalFrom plays to face painting to mountain movies, there are a ton of fun activities planned for this festival. A fantastic festival for kids of all ages!
  • June 14 – August 24: Banff Summer Arts FestivalEvery summer The Banff Centre presents an arts festival featuring theatre, music, indigenous arts, visual arts – truly something for everyone. Check schedule for details.
  • June 19-June 20: Performance in the ParkThis year the performers include Joel Plaskett Emergency and K-OS. This two day celebration of incredible music performed in a stunning outdoor setting is not to be missed!
  • June 21: Banff MarathonThe Banff Marathon, half marathon, and 10k is a truly unique experience for participants and spectators. Imagine running through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, while pushing to see what your body is capable of. A day to remember, always.


See you on the the trails…