High Ground Hike: Tsunami preparedness event

High Ground Hike is a community-led tsunami evacuation event. These hikes help raise awareness about tsunami risks in coastal communities, and offer residents an opportunity to practice using their designated tsunami evacuation routes.

In B.C., Tsunami Preparedness Week is held the second full week of April. Hosting a High Ground Hike in your community is a great way to educate residents about tsunamis and how to prepare for them. 

Everything you need to run a High Ground Hike can be found on this page, from event suggestions to template news releases and graphics. 


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High Ground Hike 2021

For the second year in a row, Prepared BC hosted an online version of High Ground Hike - the #HighGroundSelfie contest - so people could safely participate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From April 12 to 18, coastal British Columbians were encouraged to learn where their community's tsunami-safe location is, and practice getting there safely with members of their household. By posting pictures of their hike to Facebook or Twitter, residents were entered to win a premium, 72-hour grab-and-go bag set for four. Check out some of the contest entries using the hashtag #HighGroundSelfie.


First annual High Ground Hike in Tofino

Prepared BC’s High Ground Hike program launched in April, 2016 with a community event at Tonquin Beach in Tofino. Indigenous leaders, government officials and 80 students from Wickaninnish Community School hiked one kilometre to designated high ground following a marked evacuation route.

The event was capped off with a community preparedness fair that included displays from Prepared BC, ShakeOutBC and Natural Resources Canada. 

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino


Contact us

If you have any questions about running a High Ground Hike, contact us at PreparedBC@gov.bc.ca.