Did you know? Trees help each other through a 'wood-wide web'. [See our book of the month for details]
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Nov 26, 2021
Edition #106
In this newsletter:
  1. Best Local Snowshoe Trails
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Trail Updates
  5. Black Friday Gear Deals

1. 14 Best Snowshoe Trails around Vancouver

Just because it’s cold and rainy in the city doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy nature.

There are many great hikes available below the snowline so you can stay active during the winter. But snowshoeing allows you to get up into the mountains and enjoying a different type of adventure all-together.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the snowshoe trails around Vancouver, but it’s a collection of our 14 favorites.

Read the list of our favorite snowshoes here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. 'Incredibly dangerous work': SAR teams helping Abbotsford residents by boat, helicopter. @CTV
2. Evacuations from flooded Sumas Prairie a 'surreal' experience, says North Shore Rescue leader. @NS News
3. Rogers donates $1 million to BCSARA to support BC communities in need. @Rogers
4. North Shore hikers rescued, poor weather prompts preparedness reminder. @CityNews
5. ‘The conditions have changed’: B.C. rescuers warn of heightened backcountry risks. @Global News
6. Mountain biker’s helmet ‘shattered’ in West Van trail crash. @VIA
7. Hiker rescued on Valley trail following fractured leg. @Comox Valley Record
8. North Shore Rescue packs pooched pup out from Mt Seymour. @NS News
9. 3 hikers rescued in North Vancouver on Remembrance Day. @Global News
10. Rescue volunteers search for missing hikers only to find them camping in Golden Ears park. @MR News
11. A fifth rockfall at the Stawamus Chief this year (Video). @Squamish Chief

3. Book of the Month - The Hidden Life of Trees: Illustrated Edition


This Illustrated Edition is the follow up to the bestseller: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate. In the Hidden Life of Trees, author Peter Wohlleben draws on the latest science to unveil the surprisingly complex and interesting lives of trees. Throughout the book, Wohlleben expands on how trees communicate with each other, warn each other of danger, and share nutrients with nearby sick trees, among other fascinating things. It's an eye-opening read and will change the way you look at trees during your next walk through the forest. This illustrated version combines text from the original book with stunning photography, making this version perfect for gifting or for the coffee table.

"In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.

With compelling, abridged selections from the original book and stunning, large-format photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Wohlleben's message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through rich language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the "wood wide web," the difficult life lessons learned in tree school, the hard-working natural cleanup crews that recycle dying trees, and much more."

Learn more about the book here.

We compile the books we feature every month in our Book Store.

4. Trail Updates

With the recent storm(s) and flooding, many trails have been impacted. 

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks: Grouse Mountain Regional Park is currently closed and many parks have trail closures. Pacific Spirit Regional Park still has a few trail closures from the tornado. See the full list of updates from Metro Vancouver here

B.C. Parks: Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Prov. Park sustained significant damage and is closed. Bridal Veil Falls has also been closed.

More details for these closures and other trails can all be found on our Trail Closure and Updates page.

5. Current Gear Deals

Our West Coast Best Coast Tee


Here's a rundown of all the current outdoors and athletic gear Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we could find. It's the perfect chance to get your holiday shopping done! 

Outdoor Vancouver Store
  • We have 40% off EVERYTHING from today through Cyber Monday! Use code BF2021 at checkout!
  • Discount applies to items already marked down for clearance!
Columbia Sportswear
  • 25% Off Almost Everything + 50% Off Doorcrashers
  • 20% off sitewide. Use code SALE20
Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Up to 55% off Top Outdoor Brands
Mountain Wearhouse
  • Save 50% or more on all Mountain Warehouse items + Extra 10% with code BFEXTRA10
Altitude Sports
  • Up to 40% off more than 9,000 styles
Mountain Hardwear
  • 25% Off Select Styles
  • 50% Off Original Price on Select Apparel with Code: MHWNOV50
Epic Water Filters
  • 20% off site wide
  • 30% Off Select Styles and Free Shipping.
The Last Hunt
  • 40% - 75% Off Everything!
Running Room Canada
  • Free shipping and deals site wide
  • 30% Off Sitewide with Code THANKS30
Sorel Footwear
  • Up to 25% off select styles
Until next month!
  1. Bowen Lookout (W. Van)
  2. Whistler Train Wreck (Whistler)
  3. Smoke Bluffs (Squamish)
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking Pacific Spirit Park
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
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