The group from the first intake of cancer patients and survivors take a break on Vedder Mountain near Cultus Lake. The research hiking program is starting up again and looking for participants. (Submitted photo)

Cancer anxiety research program returns for spring hikes

UFV-led research is measuring impact of hiking in nature on cancer patients

Cancer survivors are once again being invited to step into the wilderness for a series of trail hikes.

Researchers from the University of the Fraser Valley are conducting a study to investigate the role of outdoor physical activity on anxiety in cancer survivors. This is the second time the study has been offered, following the success of the fall intake. It involves two weekly trail walks in the Chilliwack area over the course of eight weeks.

They will take place every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 9 a.m., running May 5 to June 22.

READ MORE: Nature and exercise combine for UFV study

The hikes are run by a trained outdoor leader, with the support of UFV students.

There are some requirements to participate. You must be over the age of 18, cleared by your physician to exercise, and available for the times of the hikes (total about 2.5 hours per week). While the hiking is closest to Chilliwack, anyone who can make it to the hikes is welcome to join.

Participants also fill out very short questionnaires at the beginning and end of each hike to self-assess their anxiety and other factors. Hikers are encouraged to take a third walk or hike throughout the week, if possible.

For more information, email

READ MORE: Federal Government invests $10 million towards cervical cancer research


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cop who lives in Mission awarded almost $3.2 million for 2 car crashes

Jeffery Neufeldt was injured on the job in collisions in 2013 and 2016

VIDEO: No need to stockpile food says Mission mayor

Pam Alexis records video message to the public

Sex offender charged again less than two months after prison release

Taylor Dueck, who was living in Mission, has history of sex assaults in Abbotsford

Mission’s Abram Wiebe commits to Chilliwack Chiefs

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds product set to join BCHL team for 2020-21 season

MISSING: Mission RCMP searching for Brandon Sakebow

He was last seen on March 22, 2020

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

Canada to spend $2B more on procuring medical supplies for COVID-19 fight

Government has signed deals with three companies

World COVID-19 updates: Putin may be exposed; 30,000 prisoners released

Comprehensive news update from around the world as of Tuesday, March 31.

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

‘This is no joke’: B.C. woman in Alberta hospital asks people to stay home during COVID-19

‘I want people to start listening to what the doctors are saying. This is no joke, please stay home’

Rest stops barring washroom access to truckers a ‘huge problem’ as COVID-19 spreads

Teamsters Canada says truckers are increasingly being denied warm meals

Canadians asked to wash mailboxes, keep dogs at bay, to ensure safe mail delivery

Four postal workers in Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 infection:

Hospitality workers hit ‘first and hit hardest,’ says union seeking more support

Union represents workers in hotels, casinos, airports, arenas, universities, schools and remote resource camps

South Surrey hikers discover decades-old campsite hidden in Golden Ears Park

Group reconnects with original campers through social media, returns log book

Most Read