High Ground Hike: Tsunami preparedness event

High Ground Hikes are community events held during Tsunami Preparedness Week (the second full week of April each year). The goal is to raise awareness about B.C.'s tsunami risk and give people along the coast an opportunity to practice reaching a tsunami-safe location. 

Learn more ways to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.

On this page:

Tsunami Preparedness in British Columbia

A video that describes Tsunami Preparedness week

High Ground Hike 2023

Thank you to these communities for hosting a High Ground Hike event in 2023:

  • Bamfield
  • Colwood
  • Heiltsuk Nation (Bella Bella) 
  • Mount Waddington Regional District – Quatsino 
  • Old Massett 
  • Pacheedaht First Nation 
  • Piers Island (during Emergency Preparedness Week) 
  • Port Hardy 
  • Port Moody
  • Prince Rupert
  • Sooke
  • Stewart
  • Tahsis
  • Tofino
  • Toquaht Nation (Ucluelet) 
  • Ucluelet 
  • Victoria

Host a High Ground Hike 

Want to raise awareness about tsunami preparedness in your community? We invite coastal First Nations and other local governments in areas at risk of tsunamis to host annual High Ground Hikes during Tsunami Preparedness Week. 

Benefits of hosting

As a host community, you’ll be able to educate residents and visitors about:

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

Host Resources

If you're interested in planning a High Ground Hike, get started with the following promotional materials and resources.

Planning materials

Digital and print materials

Contact us

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