Did you know? The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

May 31, 2022
Edition #112
In this issue:
  1. Grouse Grind Opens 
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Outdoor Vancouver Tees

1. Grouse Grind Open for 2022

Love it or hate it, the Grouse Grind is one of the most popular hiking trails around Vancouver, seeing about 150,000 hikers annually. Locals and tourists flock to the trail to challenge themselves on the steep terrain and for exercise.

Due to storms and higher than usual snowpack, the Grouse Grind was late to open this year. But as of last weekend, 'Mother Nature's Stairmaster' opened its gates for the weekend. From Metro Vancouver:

"The Grouse Grind Trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 am. Just a couple of reminders:
  • Pack out all your garbage (including organic waste such as apple cores, orange & banana peels)
  • If you listen to music, use headphones
  • Share the trail (stay right if you’re a bit slower)
  • Last entry to the trail is 7:00 pm
  • Face masks are required to use the Skyride"
Check out our full guide for the Grouse Grind here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. NSR plucks two injured hikers from icy gully in West Vancouver. @Van Sun
2. 5 skiers uninjured after getting caught in avalanche in Whistler backcountry. @CTV News
3. Hiker who fell 30 ft one of several long-weekend rescues. @ Times Colonist
4. West Coast Trail hiker who lost eye on hike now fighting brain infection. @CTV
5. Another injured hiker airlifted from West Coast Trail. @CTV
6. Cat Lake recreation sites closed due to aggressive bear. @Squamish Reporter
7. These 11 hikes are considered B.C.'s riskiest. @CTV
8. North Van's Dog Mountain Trail closed for up to a month. @NS News
9. Othello Tunnels remain closed, damaged after storms. @Times Colonist
10. Hikers can now get day passes to park at Buntzen Lake. @TriCity News
11. City of Mission announces grand opening of 2 new trails. @Mission City
12. Vancouver author releases book on best local hikes to do with your kids. @NS News
13. Researchers develop body cam tech for search and rescue at SFU. @Burnaby Now
14. Communities on Island's west coast promise crackdown on illegal camping. @CTV
15. High-risk areas for ticks in B.C. highlighted in new online map. @CBC

3. Book of the Month - Sunshine Coast Trail

For those looking for an epic summertime trek off the beaten path, yet still reachable within a day's travel from Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast Trail might just be the ticket. 

At 180km, the Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail (meaning you can ditch the tent). The huts are free to use on a first come first serve basis, and don't require any permits or fees. 

The trail can be hiked in its entirety, or in sections from any of 11 different trailheads along the route. 

The trail officially opened in 2000 after many years of work by a team of volunteers, headed by Eagle Walz - author of this guidebook.

"The Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook by Eagle Walz is a step-by-step description of all the trails that make up the SCT. This 180-km route near Powell River, BC, extends from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay.

It has huts for shared public use, and weaves through old-growth forests, up panoramic mountains, and along coastal shorelines.

Use this guidebook to plan a day hike, an overnight trip, or a multi-day along the whole trail. Includes 30 trail descriptions and maps, hut access information, details about access and exits, an elevation chart, GPS waypoints, and a description of the Troubridge Trudge."

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. Outdoor Vancouver Tees

With the weather finally starting to take a turn for the better (please maybe?), it's time to throw those sweaters and longsleeves to the back of the closet and throw on some t-shirts. 

If you're in the market for some new digs, we've got you covered with plenty of fun tees (and more) to browse through.

Check out our online shop and support the website! 
Hike More Worry Less - Unisex Tee
Hike More Worry Less - Unisex Tee
West Coast Best Coast - Unisex Tee
West Coast Best Coast - Unisex Tee
Be More Pacific - Forest Unisex Tee
Be More Pacific - Forest Unisex Tee
Until next month!
  1. Grouse Grind (North Van)
  2. Stawamus Chief (Squamish)
  3. Mount Gardner (Bowen Island)
  4. Browse our trail database 
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking the Mundy Park Trails
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
  4. Current Trail Closures
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