7:25 am: FULL SHUFFLERS arrive at the Kinsmen parking lot above the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro for Shuffle bib number pick up and sign in.
*PLEASE NOTE! ALL SIGN IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHINGLEMILL THIS YEAR. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN IN AT MALASPINA ROAD SO ALL SHUFFLERS MUST REGISTER AT THE SHINGLEMILL.
7:50 am: Buses will leave from the Westview Ferry Terminal to take participants coming from Vancouver Island on the Little River Ferry to the Shinglemill for registration.
8:00-8:15 am (or when full): Full Shuffle Buses and car pool leave the Shinglemill parking lot for the Full Shuffle start at Malaspina Rd.*
8:50 am: FULL SHUFFLE starter photo.
9:00 am: FULL SHUFFLE start – runners first; hikers second.
9:00 am: HALF SHUFFLERS arrive at the Kinsmen parking lot above the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro for Shuffle bib number pick up and sign in.
*PLEASE NOTE! ALL SIGN IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHINGLEMILL THIS YEAR. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN IN AT TOMKINSON ROAD SO ALL SHUFFLERS MUST REGISTER AT THE SHINGLEMILL.
9:30 am (or when full): Half Shuffle Buses and car pool leave the Shinglemill parking lot for the Half Shuffle Start at Tomkinson Road.
10:00 am: HALF SHUFFLERS should be at Tomkinson Road at the intersection with the Sunshine Coast Trail (instructions how to get there below). **Due to high volume, we will have traffic controllers on Tomkinson Road; if you are in a vehicle, please be patient and follow their instructions to ensure safety and efficient parking and sign in for everyone.**
10:50 am: HALF SHUFFLE starter photo.
11:00 am: HALF SHUFFLE start.
FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON GETTING TO POWELL RIVER, CLICK HERE.
TO GET TO SHINGLEMILL (SIGN IN FOR THE FULL SHUFFLE):
From the Powell River – Comox ferry terminal in Westview (Powell River) head north along Marine Avenue (Highway 101) towards Lund. Follow Highway 101 to the Townsite, crossing Ash Street at the first stop sign, and turning right on Arbutus at the second stop sign. Continue north, across the Powell River Bridge and make an immediate right turn. This road leads along the water to the Shinglemill parking lot, continue a bit further to the Kinsmen parking lot, which is the marshaling point for getting on the shuttle, and where you can sign in and pick up your Shuffle Bib Number. Shuttle to the start at Malaspina Road.
*If you missed out getting a seat on the shuttle, get back on Highway 101 near the bridge, and drive north, up the hill toward Wildwood, Sliammon and beyond. From the bridge it is about 16 km to the Malaspina Road turnoff. Just before you reach Malaspina Road, you will see a large sign alerting drivers to the Okeover Arm Provincial Park and a number of other billboards singing the praises of that wonderful area. Turn right onto Malaspina Road and proceed 1.4 km to a sharp right curve. A gravel road branches off to the left. Park here and look for the Shuffle starting point 100m farther along on the highway on the south side of the pavement. Shuttling supports the growth of the event.
TO GET TO THE START LINE FOR THE HALF SHUFFLE AT MALASPINA ROAD:
The Half Shuffle starts at the beginning of Sliammon Lakes Trailhead at 11 am. Due to limited parking, car pooling arrangements should be made if possible at the Shinglemill at 9:30 am. Please note, the access road to the Half Shuffle is a gravel road and rough. **Due to high volume, we will have traffic controllers on Tomkinson Road; if you are in a vehicle, please be patient and follow their instructions to ensure safety and efficient parking and sign in for everyone.**
To get to the Sliammon Lakes trailhead, drive north on Highway 101 to Scuttle Bay, about 12 km from the Westview ferry terminal. At Scuttle Bay turn right, up Wilde Road. Where Wilde Road branches in the hamlet (1 km), stay to your right (Tomkinson Road). Pass the access road to Big Sliammon Lake (4 km) on your right. After you have reached the top of the hill you will see parking signs on the side of the road. The northern end of the Sliammon Lakes Trail is situated east across the road from the entrance to the pit, and a few steps below.
What to Bring?
Bring your own official timing system (a watch will do, even if the second hand doesn’t work).
Be self-sufficient for your food and water needs on the trail. While we will have aid stations along the way, these are a bonus and should not be relied upon.
Be prepared for the weather and trail conditions. If you are a hiker bring your usual gear and extra clothes to layer and protect from rain.
A change of clothes and maybe a towel will come in handy. There are no showers, but there is a public washroom at the finish where you can change.
Come and join us for stories of the trail, some food and beverages at the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro at 6233 Powell Heights (604-483-3545) near the finish.
The whole trail has been well marked with fluorescent orange-red metal squares all the way to the finish line at the Shinglemill. It has also been brushed and groomed in the weeks preceding the Shuffle. Be at the trailhead at least 15 minutes before the start so we can take the starter picture and start on time. Be prepared for the weather. Make sure you have your Shuffle Bib Number clearly visible during the event so volunteers can check you off as you pass through the half-dozen checkpoints along the route. If you decide not to finish the entire route, it is imperative that you hand your Shuffle Bib Number in to a volunteer at one of the check points, or at the finish (Shinglemill); Search & Rescue volunteers will be called out for anyone who has not turned in their bib.
For some it’s a race, but for others it’s not. However, we do keep track of your times so you have something to compare to next year. We hope everyone will take the same course, but won’t disqualify folks for getting lost and hiking or running extra distance. Over the last few years the course has been substantially upgraded with the installation of a multitude of the square florescent markers every 30 meters or so, and dozens more of the carved wooden directional signs at any of the junctions. If you don’t see any of the red markers, retrace your steps to the last junction and take the fork that has the markers. Junctions are signed with the ground being spray-painted, but when you are running (or talking) you sometimes don’t look up to take note of the proper turn, keeping straight ahead instead. Remember: red markers, red markers. Look up every so often, and refer to your route instructions.
This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, permitted or anything else that would qualify it as an official event, and you participate at your own risk entirely.
Use this wonderful opportunity check out some of the last surviving groves of BC’s old growth temperate rainforest.
Expect rain, trails, hills, some old friends and maybe some new.