Did you know? Stanley Park is home to more than 180,000 trees.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Dec 30, 2021
Edition #107
In this newsletter:
  1. Year in Review
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. The Ultimate Snowshoers’ Prize Pack
  5. Fastpacking the HBC Heritage Trail

1. 2021 in Review


Well 2021 shaped up to be another crazy year in the world. We hope the year was a safe and happy one for you, and you had the opportunity to get outside and explore some new places!

For us, we made a lot of progress with our goal to help others explore our local trails and mountains. A few of our highlights:

  • The website saw just shy of 1 million pageviews this year, which is amazing!
  • We added 10 new hiking guides to our database of trails.
  • We added 12 new trail videos to our YouTube channel.
  • The most popular video was our 20 minute short film on the Juan de Fuca Trail, which has over 10,000 views!
  • We added 2 new shirt designs in our merchandise store and fulfilled over 130 orders. 
We have plans to add many more new trail guides and videos in 2022, so stay tuned!
Our short film on backpacking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Two hikers spend cold night on Mount Seymour. @NS News
2. Mount Seymour Park day-use pass to be mandatory this winter. @CBC
3. Public urged to stay away from provincial parks around Fraser Valley closed due to flood damage. @CBC
4. What remains of the Othello Tunnels after the B.C. storms?. @Castanet
5. Photographer captures stunning—and heartbreaking—views on Vancouver Island. @Weather Networks
6. A Pilot Who Rescued People From The BC Floods & Mudslides Reveals What It Was Like. @Narcity
7. B.C. couple gifts property with pristine grizzly habitat to conservation group. @CBC
8. Skier stuck overnight in Suicide Gully hikes out with help from SAR. @CTV News
9. Hiker and his dogs rescued after getting stuck on Grouse Mountain. @City News
10. Snowboarder rescued after two nights lost on Whistler Mountain. @Castanet

3. Book of the Month - Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park


Stanley Park was in the news a lot this year for its problems with coyotes. But on a more positive note, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, looks at the incredible network of trees that make the park what it is. The majority of tourists who visit Stanley Park every year likely only meander on the perimeter sea wall, and don't come to fully appreciate just how large the park really is, and how many trees it has.

"An engaging, informative, and visually stunning tour of the numerous native, introduced, and ornamental tree species found in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, combining a wealth of botanical knowledge with a fascinating social history of the city’s most celebrated landmark.

Measuring 405 hectares (1,001 acres) in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is home to more than 180,000 trees. Ranging from centuries-old Douglas firs to ornamental Japanese cherry trees, the trees of Stanley Park have come to symbolize the ancient roots and diverse nature of the city itself.

For years, Nina Shoroplova has wandered through Vancouver’s urban forest and marvelled at the multitude of tree species that flourish there. In Legacy of Trees, Shoroplova tours Stanley Park’s seawall and beaches, wetlands and trails, pathways and lawns in every season and every type of weather, revealing the history and botanical properties of each tree species.

Unlike many urban parks, which are entirely cultivated, the area now called Stanley Park was an ancient forest before Canada’s third-largest city grew around it. Tracing the park’s Indigenous roots through its colonial history to its present incarnation as the jewel of Vancouver, visited by eight million locals and tourists annually, Legacy of Trees is a beautiful tribute to the trees that shape Stanley Park’s evolving narrative.

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. The Ultimate Snowshoers’ Prize Pack

We've teamed up with Callaghan Country to give away the ultimate snowshoers’ prize pack!

This kit has everything you need for an epic day snowshoeing through the snowy trails at Callaghan Country including:
  • Atlas Rendezvous 25" snowshoes
  • Evo Uproar Adjustable Poles
  • 2 “Hike More, Worry Less” long sleeved shirts
  • 2 “Be More Pacific” t-shirts
  • 2 Outdoor Vancouver neck gaiters
  • Arc’teryx Aerios daypack
  • Arc’teryx Accelero jacket
  • Arc’teryx Phaser and Long toques;
  • 3 Salomon t-shirts
  • 2 Backcountry Lodges of BC neck gaiters;
  • 6 snowshoe tickets to Ski Callaghan, 3 snowshoe rentals, and a $100 off voucher to Callaghan Country’s Journeyman Lodge!
To enter, go to our Instagram account and follow the the instructions on the giveaway post!

5. Fastpacking the HBC Heritage Trail

Local trail runner and filmmaker Jeff Pelletier has put out another fantastic video on his YouTube channel we think is a great watch. The video shows his journey as he fastpacks the HBC Heritage Trail.

The trail runs 74 km through the Cascade Mountains from Tulameen to Hope, and the video chronicles Jeff's two-day journey on the trail. The video captures some of the incredible scenery of the trail, and Jeff also does a great job of sharing the fascinating history of this trail for First Nations and early European fur traders.
The HBC Heritage Trail is a newly restored route crossing the Cascade Mountains, 74 km from Hope to Tulameen. Our plan was to fastpack the trail over two days, spending a night at one of the many free campsites along the way.
Happy New Year!
  1. Alexander Falls (Whistler)
  2. Elfin Lakes (Squamish)
  3. Bowen Lookout (W. Van)
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking Pacific Spirit Park
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
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