High Ground Hike: Tsunami preparedness event

High Ground Hike is a community event held during Tsunami Preparedness Week, the second full week of every April. The purpose is to raise awareness about B.C.'s tsunami risk and give coastal residents an opportunity to practice reaching their tsunami safe zone. Learn more ways to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.

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High Ground Hike 2022

Before COVID-19, High Ground Hikes were held in-person, but since 2020, they’ve been offered virtually. In 2022, virtual High Ground Hikes were held with 12 community co-hosts. Participants took a self-guided hike and a selfie to prove they had reached their community tsunami-safe location. Selfies posted to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #HighGroundSelfie22 were entered into a draw for emergency preparedness prizes.

2022 High Ground Selfie contest winners

Preparedness kits for four:

  • Liz Jack
  • Port Edward Volunteer Fire Rescue

Preparedness kits for two:

  • Vincent Sampare
  • Cynthia Blackstone
  • Michaela Faythe Justine
  • @infopeasi

Grab-and-go starter bags

  • @DevonHans0303
  • Pat Corbett
  • Jenn Vass
  • Amanda Beckett
  • Tofinodogsitting
  • Mike McDowell

Waterproof headlamps

  • Shirley Hansen
  • @earthquakeguy (John Cassidy)
  • Valerie Hansen
  • Kathryn Chapman
  • Janet Dorward
  • Dan Law
  • Kathryn Martell
  • David Jones
  • Sarah Gray
  • @mgnkstcy

Cell phone charging kits

  • Mel Gibson
  • Kat @wang_kat
  • Alabama Chevier
  • Josie Osborne
  • Marie Norbjerb

Phone bank

  • Lena Steinbrenner

High Ground Hike 2022 co-hosts

Communities participating as 2022 High Ground Hike co-hosts:

  • Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (#AlberniValleyHGH)
  • Gaw Tlagee Haida Nation (#GawTlagee)
  • Kyuquot (#KyuquotHGH)
  • Port Hardy (#PortHardyHGH)
  • Quatsino (#QuatsinoHGH)
  • Nuxalk Nation (#NuxalkHGH)
  • Prince Rupert (#PrinceRupertHGH)
  • Stewart (#StewartHGH)
  • Tofino (#TofinoHGH)
  • Ucluelet (#UclueletHGH)
  • Victoria (#VictoriaHGH)
  • Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government (#UclueletFirstNationHGH)

Become a High Ground Hike co-host

Want to raise awareness about tsunami preparedness in your community? We’re inviting First Nations and other local governments to co-host hikes.

In 2023, High Ground Hike will be held during Tsunami Preparedness Week, April 9-15, 2023.

Benefits of co-hosting

As a co-host community, you’ll be able to educate residents about:

  • Your local tsunami risk
  • Your tsunami-safe location(s)
  • Your designated tsunami evacuation route(s)
  • How to prepare for a tsunami
  • Where to get information in the event of a tsunami

How we can help

We'll profile co-hosts in our Virtual High Ground Hike promotional materials and list all co-hosts on this page, with a link to their websites.

We will assist by providing:

Contact us

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