High Ground Hike – Planning a 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 — from event suggestions to template news releases and graphics — can be found on this page.

If you have any additional questions about running a High Ground Hike, please email PreparedBC@gov.bc.ca for further assistance.


Resources for Planning a High Ground Hike


First Annual High Ground Hike in Tofino

PreparedBC’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 PreparedBC, ShakeOutBC and Natural Resources Canada. Check out more of the action on Flickr and YouTube.

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino

High Ground Hike in Tofino