The Pender Harbour Hikers cooperate closely with the Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association. Since 2015, under the umbrella of the Association, PH Hikers have been installing trail signage throughout Pender Harbour. There are 5 large kiosks of all the trails in Pender Harbour plus 4 more area-specific kiosks. Additionally, individual trail markers have been enhanced and repair work is a continuing effort. These are ongoing projects largely thanks to a generous grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. www.phara.ca/
In 2017, PH Hikers cooperated with A & A Trading to install information signage about the company's operations in Pender Harbour. These signs help educate trail and forest users about what has happened, what is happening, and the future plans for the area. www.aatrading.com/
Additionally, we carry out our own fundraising efforts in returning bottles and cans. PH Hikers has an account with GRIPS in Pender Harbour so anyone who wishes to donate their bottle refunds to us can do so at the depot. Just let the cashier know to credit your refund to PH Hikers. www.return-it.ca/locations/grips/
Keeping our communities clean
The Pender Harbour & Area Residents Association organized the most recent Roadside Clean-Up on June 27, 2019. 280KGS of trash were picked from 13KMS of ditches on Francis Peninsula Road, Garden Bay Road and Highway 101.
Our 2019 fall Trash Bash was held on September 7 with 30 volunteers coming out. Thank you to the SCRD which waived dumping fees at the Pender Harbour Transfer station for this event, to the PH & Area Residents Association for co-sponsoring, the SC Credit Union for their financial donation, and to RONA, IGA & PetroCan for donations of gloves and garbage bags. We removed 1980KG of trash from the backroads and trails including appliances, tires, televisions and home furnishings, along with a large amount of household trash. Thank you to the Pender Harbour Rotary Club for providing all volunteers with a pizza lunch.
Since the pandemic began in Spring of 2020, PH Hikers has done 1 cleanup of an abandoned 5th wheel trailer near the Malaspina substation. Regular roadside cleanups will resume when it is safe to do so, both in terms of the pandemic as well as physical safety regarding traffic and weather conditions. We are very grateful to the SCRD which continues to donate free passes at the Pender Harbour Transfer Station for unloading all the roadside and backwoods trash PH Hikers collect.
The next Trash Bash is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. Check here for more details in the coming weeks. Ready to volunteer? Contact Randy Picketts at firstname.lastname@example.org