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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

July 30, 2020
Edition #90
In this newsletter:
  1. 16 Best After-Work Hikes
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Colony Farm and Neck Point Park
  4. Book of the Month
  5. BC Parks Day-Use Passes
  6. Current Gear Deals

1. The 16 Best After-Work Hikes around Vancouver

One of the great things about living north of the 49th parallel is the long summer days. During the summer solstice near the end of June, the sun doesn’t set until 9:21 pm!

With short summers, but long days, it’s understandable you might want to sneak in a quick hike after work to shake off the stress of the work day.

We've created a list of our favorite hikes that can reasonably be completed within a few hours in the evening. Most are close to Vancouver to limit the commute time, but we’ve included a few hikes throughout the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky area.

See the full list of 16 after-work hikes here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. North Van park to stay closed for at least 5 days after bear attack. @Global
2. Injured climber rescued after falling 65 feet near Squamish. @Global
3. Search for missing hiker resumes, then suspended again. @Free Daily
4. Search and rescue calls climb in B.C. as hikers head to mountains. @CBC
5. Squamish SAR responds to seven calls in a week. @Chief
6. Coquitlam SAR responded to 3 separate calls in 1 night. @CBC
7. Crowds causing fights, traffic issues at Sasamat Lake. @Van Sun
8. 'We've had fatalities': First responders ask people not to cliff jump in Lynn Canyon. @CBC
9. Port Moody eyes hiking fines as park area overwhelmed. @TriCity News
10. New Map for the Sea to Sky Backcountry launches. @Chief
11. West Coast Trail closed to overnight camping after for 2020. @CBC
12. Broken teapots removed from Teapot Hill by concerned hiker. @Progress
13. Blackcomb Removes Hortsman T-Bar Due to Climate Change. @UN
14. Burnaby backtracking after 'inaccurate' signs show mountain bike trails set for closure. @News1130
15. MEC eliminates 200 positions as pandemic drags on. @Global

3. Hiking Neck Point Park and Colony Farm

We posted two new trail guides to the website in July (bringing the current total number of guides to 113)! 

Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park is a popular area for walking and scuba diving in Nanaimo. The ocean side park features several beautiful beaches and scenic trails through Garry Oak groves.

The 36-acre park gets its name from the unique neck-shaped point that juts out between Indian and Last beaches. Watching the waters, it’s possible to spot sea lions and otters, and sometimes, even orca.

Read the full Neck Point trail guide here.

Colony Farm Regional Park

Another easy outing, Colony Farm is a popular place for walking, cycling, jogging, and birding. The park lies within both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.

Colony Farm is located between the Mary Hill Bypass and the Lougheed Highway. Colony Farm has a large network of trails that weave through the park and along the Coquitlam River. The park features large open fields, hedgerows, and has plenty of wildlife including over 200 species of birds.

Read the full Colony Farm guide here.

4. Book of the Month - How to Sh*t in the Woods

Originally published in 1989, this classic and bestselling book has been revised and updated for 2020. The book is humorous, and makes a great gift for your outdoor companions. But beyond that, it is actually full of practical advice for taking care of business during your backcountry outings. Now, more important than ever with the increased traffic we see in our local backcountry as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

"More than thirty years since its first publication, Kathleen Meyer delivers an update to the beloved guide to relieving yourself responsibly. Meyer's delightfully shameless discussion of a once-secretive activity examines the environmental impact of too much crap (organic and otherwise) on our ever-shrinking wild outdoors.

With the rising popularity of hiking and off-the-grid backpacking as well as the current climate crisis, How to Sh*t in the Woods provides timely techniques for keeping trails, bushes, and wild waters clean and protected when indoor plumbing is not an option. Meyer shares proper procedures in a way that is approachable and comprehensible for all audiences, from beginner to expert.

The fourth edition features updates to outdoor laws and regulations, health statistics, and recommendations for equipment such as special trowels, funnels, and portable toilets. With more than three million copies sold, How to Sh*t in the Woods is the backcountry backpacker's bible, crucial for anyone looking to be wiser with their waste".

Read more about the book here.

Also released recently was Let's Go Hiking: Okanagan and Beyond. This is the follow up book to the popular Let's Go Hiking: Easy Rides, Walks, and Runs around Vancouver. If you'll be doing any cycling in the Okanagan, be sure to check it out!

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

5. BC Parks Day-Use Pass Reservation System

If you haven't already heard, on Monday July 27th BC Parks introduced a day-use pass system for the following BC Parks:
  • Mount Seymour
  • Cypress 
  • Stawamus Chief
  • Golden Ears
  • Garibaldi
  • Mount Robson
This is being done to ensure safe social-distancing can be adhered to. The passes are free but have limitations and have been somewhat controversial. Several articles have been written about how things have rolled out so far. I was able to share my personal opinions on CityNews and Global News last week. 

Read more about the new pass system and make reservations here.

6. Current Gear Deals

A few online retailers have some good deals going right now:

Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Save up to 60% off at MEC.ca during the Mountain Days Sale!
  • Ends Aug 3
Until next time!
  1. Coliseum Mountain (North Vancouver)
  2. Black Tusk (Whistler)
  3. Golden Ears Summit (Maple Ridge)
  1. Hiking Neck Point Park
  2. 16 Best After-Work Hikes
  3. Hiking Colony Farm
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