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Poker-themed horse ride comes to Maple Ridge for BC Trails Day

Outdoor events will take place across B.C. this Saturday
The Haney Horsemen Association will be hosting a poker-themed ridge through Thornhill on June 1 to celebrate BC Trails Day. (Haney Horsemen Association/Special to The News)

This Saturday will be an especially busy time on the local trails as many people plan to experience the great outdoors in honour of BC Trails Day.

Happening on June 1, this annual celebration involves outdoor recreational events all throughout the province, including one right in Maple Ridge.

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The Haney Horsemen Association will gather in the Thornhill area for a poker-themed trail ride and barbecue.

Open to all Haney Horsemen Association members, this event will have participants ride on the forest trails, stopping off at five different checkpoints where they will draw a playing card in hopes of building the best poker hand.

At the end of the ride, prizes will be given out for the best hands, with the event culminating in a tailgate barbecue.

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This Maple Ridge event is just one of more than 60 BC Trails Day happenings, with a full list available at

Louise Pedersen, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, said that she is thrilled to see the number of BC Trails Day events increasing every year.

“Trails not only provide opportunities for physical activity and recreation but also serve as vital connections to nature and the communities around us,” said Pedersen.

“This Saturday, we encourage everyone to head outdoors, explore their local trails, and discover the beauty of British Columbia.”

For anyone wanting to celebrate BC Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC recommends doing things like going for a hike, cleaning up local parks or trails, bird or wildlife watching, and other similar outdoor events involving local trail systems.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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