The avalanche lilies on the San Juan Ridge are the focus for a number of hikes.

Charity lily walks

A series of walks on San Juan Ridge will aid Sooke groups

Have you heard of the Kludahk Trail and the avalanche lilies that bloom profusely up there once the snow melts? Did you know these lilies grow only in two known places on Vancouver Island —  Mt. Cain and the San Juan Ridge? Would you like to be a part of this annual pilgrimage to go see the lilies?  If so, read on!

The Kludahk Outdoors Club (Sooke-based) has been guiding hundreds of visitors up on the ridge since 1990 to view natural history at its best – only a few hours from Sooke.

Once again it’s time for the annual avalanche lily walks to view millions of these lilies in bloom. The walks are designed for all levels of ability and fitness. The first two day-trips will have several guides who will give the guests choices where to walk or hike. For the last day-trip and evening walks the lilies can be viewed close to where vehicles are parked, or even from inside a car.

The charity walks, minimum donation $20 per person, raises funds this year for two worthwhile causes in Sooke, healing workshops and presentations for women living with breast and cervical cancers; and for the Sunriver Community native gardens where healing gardens and a small learning centre are being established.

The walks take place on Sunday, May 26, Saturday, June 1, Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some evening lily walks may be arranged after June 3 weather and interest permitting, from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

To register please e-mail phoebetwin@shaw.ca. or phone 250-642- 4342.  All participants will receive an information package.

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