CARP’s Stand Up Straight

Walking groups

CARP’s national Stand Up Straight initiative is described here. It’s all about the physical and mental benefits of walking regularly.

Regular exercise is easier with a group, and it’s always good to have someone who knows where you’re going.

Locally, we’ve compiled a list of walking groups in our area. It’s unofficial, so please check with each source before heading out for a walk.

We have not included hiking clubs and groups that do long, arduous walks. Maybe later, as we walk our way to fitness …

Please advise if you know of any other groups we should list.

We start by city, and at the end you can find some region-wide resources.

New Westminster

City support for walking

New Westminster & Burnaby Walkers’ Caucus events calendar

The above page offers links:

  • Jane’s Walks New Westminster – organized walks led by community members; starts up in spring.
  • New West Walks – based at Centennial Community Center – meets every Wednesday at 14:30 for an hour-long informal (and free!) walk. Usually starts at Centennial’s registration desk, but check the Events Calendar on this website for details and possible changes
  • Century House Walking Club – (no web link) – for members of Century House (50+). Meets every Friday at 9 a.m. at the 6th & 6th Royal City Mall entrance. The walk schedule is posted on the Century House notice board. They use transit to access various walks in the Lower Mainland
  • Walk With Your Doc – annual walking event sponsored by the Doctors of BC, usually held in early May, with walks organized across BC.
  • Step by Step New West – a free 12-week walking program for those affected by Parkinson’s Disease and their supporters.
  • Centennial Community Centre walking group – Wed 2:30 pm, Centennial CC, 65 East 6th Avenue

Queensborough Nordic Walking group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am for a walk around the beautiful Queensborough neighborhood. Nordic poles are provided and the program is free. More info: Organizer:


The Cameron Community Walking Group, based out of Burnaby’s Cameron Rec Center (9523 Cameron St), holds bi-weekly walking sessions : Tuesdays 5:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am. Walks are free and all are welcome … to walk a variety of routes on the City’s East side…. all walks are ~1 hour in length.

Edmonds Community Centre teaches courses in Nordic pole walking

Outsetters : hikes and walks ranging up to 15 km in length, mainly around the Lower Mainland, the North Shore mountains and Sea to Sky corridor.

Jane’s Walk Burnaby, BC is organized by the City of Burnaby. To learn more about local Jane’s Walks or to lead a walk, contact the City of Burnaby, Transportation Planning Department at


Glen Pine Pavilion and Dogwood Pavilion both have a Nordic walking instructor certified by Urban Poling. Nordic Walking Beginner (poles provided); $25.40 for 4 sessions

  • Dogwood Wed. 11:15-12:15 May 9-30 or June 6-27
  • Glen Pine Sat. 10:30 – 11:30 May 12 – June 2 or June 9-10 – requires membership and may expect computer access:

Happy Wanderers Walking Club welcomes all singles 45+ for walks in the Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows areas; meet every Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Info: Marilyn, 604-463-8874.

There are free indoor walking circuits at:

  • Port Moody Recreation Centre
  • Poirier Recreation Centre
  • Coquitlam Centre Mall

Port Coquitlam city support for walking — including maps and:

  • Mon: Noon: Downtown PoCo (The Outlet, Leigh Square) 604.927.8400
  • Tue: 9:30 am: Women’s Group (Hyde Creek Rec Centre) Pippa, 604.941.8465
  • Wed: Noon: Downtown PoCo (The Outlet, Leigh Square) 604.927.8400
  • Thu: 9:30 am: Women’s Group (Wilson Centre) Pippa, 604.941.8465
  • Interested in starting a walking group? Contact us at 604.927.7983 or and let us help you get started.

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Maple Ridge municipal support

Pitt Meadows municipal support

Haney Place Mall (Tri-Hard) Walking Club

Valley Fair Mall Walking Club

Singles over-45 walking group meets Saturdays, 9:15 a.m. at Pitt Meadows rec centre for walks in Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows areas. Info: Graham, 604-464 1839.

Happy Wanderers Walking Club welcomes all singles 45 and older for walks in the Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows areas; meet every Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Info: Marilyn, 604-463-8874.

Stride to Thrive Walking Group and Indoor Walking Club – Anne, 604-466-4920

Greater Vancouver area

Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Club are a non-profit and we have organized walks Wed/Sat/Sun mornings at 10:00 am. All over the Lower Mainland They have had / will have walks in our area May 21, 27, ….. First five walks are free, then it’s $1 or $2 per walk.
Doug Jackson 604-597-3920

Urban Poling , based in North Van, offers discounts to CARP members.

Trails – sortable list for Greater Vancouver

Wider areas

Walk BC government support for walking groups in general

United Way Seniors Active Aging

Volkssport BC

Canadian Volkssport Federation

Last modified Jun 17, 2018 @ 1:05 pm