Did you know? Smuggler Cove was used by rum-runners during prohibition in the 1920s.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

April 30, 2021
Edition #99
In this newsletter:
  1. Hiking in Smuggler Cove
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Backpacking in Southwestern BC Book Giveaway
  5. Trail Closure Updates

1. Hiking Smuggler Cove on the Sunshine Coast

Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park is a beautiful coastal area on the Sunshine Coast. Smuggler Cove is located near Halfmoon Bay, just north of Sechelt. 

The park offers a few short but beautiful hiking trails culminating in incredible ocean views. A large wetland area along the trail offers good birding. Scuba diving, swimming, and kayaking are also popular activities at Smuggler Cove, in addition to hiking.

If you’re driving north on the Sunshine Coast Highway, Smuggler Cove is the perfect place to stop and spend a few hours exploring some beautiful coastal scenery!

Read the full guide for Smuggler Cove here | Watch our 4-minute trail overview video here (YouTube).

Please keep in mind the current COVID-19 travel restrictions and bookmark this hike for a later date if you don't live on the Sunshine Coast.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Family of vanished man resumes private search in Manning Park. @Global
2. Chilliwack SAR team asking bikers to not blow past crews in middle of rescue. @News1130
3. Rock climbers banned from Grouse Mtn park for unsanctioned trail. @NS News
4. Alarm sounded over 'dangerous' slackline strung between North Shore mountain peaks. @CBC
5. North Van trail remains busy, despite being closed a year. @CTV
6. Sea to Sky Gondola will reopen with state-of-the-art security. @News1130
7. B.C. Parks contractor appeals for travel ban clarity after needlessly cancelling campers. @CBC
8. Cougar sighting in Chilliwack prompts warning notices. @Progress
9. B.C. Parks budget to increase by $83 million over three years following summer of record demand. @TriCity News
10. 'Insanity': Huge number of cars parked at Golden Ears Provincial Park during holiday weekend. @Global
11. Coquitlam Park could be a Wild Wonderland 100x Larger than Stanley Park. @604Now
12. Outdoor enthusiast pens new book on waterfall hikes in B.C.. @CBC
13. Ambitious all-season mountain resort proposed near Chilliwack. @Progress
14. North Shore Rescue on pace for record year (again). @VIA
15. Falling Fast: The Battle to Save BC's Old Growth Forests. @Maclean's
16. Trans Mountain 'caught red-handed' thanks to Burnaby bird lovers. @Now

3. Book of the Month - Backpacking in Southwestern BC: The Essential Guide to Overnight Hiking Trips

There's an exciting new local hiking guidebook dropping in May! Many of you may know the author, Taryn Eyton, from her website Happiest Outdoors which shares lots of great content related to hiking locally and in general.

Taryn has written an extremely helpful book on local backpacking hikes with details on 40 trails great for camping. We received an early copy and can say the book lives up to it's promise of being 'the essential guide' to overnight trips. 

Many of the hikes are doable as day trips as well. So even if you didn't plan to do all the hikes as overnight trips, there's still plenty of great info in this book and new ideas for trails to explore!

"A one-stop resource for hiking backpackers in beautiful British Columbia.

Planning your next backpacking adventure? This book covers all the essentials including:

40 overnight hiking trails: discover the many different routes that BC has to offer
Packing tips: take only the most essential items with you (plus a few comforts)
Permitting: find out what permits you'll need, and where to get them
Camp set-up: tips for where to pitch your tent and how to find water
Environmental impact: learn how to Leave No Trace behind in the wilderness

This book features backpacking routes from the North Shore up to Pemberton and Lytton and from the Sunshine Coast out to the Similkameen Valley. Beautiful photographs showcase what you'll see along the way: mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls, old-growth forests, and more.

Read more about the book here (and enter the giveaway below!)

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

4. Book and T-shirt Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of her new book, Taryn and Greystone Books are kindly giving away one copy of Backpacking in Southwestern B.C. to one of our readers! We're also offering one of our Be More Pacific tees to the lucky winner.

To enter the giveaway, simply go to this page and enter your email. The contest closes May 6 at midnight and we'll contact the winner on May 7 via email. Simple as that - good luck!
Enter the Giveaway!

5. Trail Closure Updates

Here's a rundown of the current trail closures we're aware of:

Still closed due to COVID-19:
  • Joffre Lakes
  • Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park
  • Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park 
  • Quarry Rock
Closed due to trail conditions: Winter access in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is still closed for the following routes:
  • Hanes Valley
  • Lynn Lake
  • Coliseum Mountain
  • As well as the trails to Goat Mountain, Goat Ridge and Crown Mountain in the Grouse subalpine area.
And Crystal Falls Trail in Coquitlam has been closed indefinitely due to complaints from local residents on private property issues and issues around parking in the residential area at the trailhead. 
Until next time!
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  2. Burnaby Mountain (Burnaby)
  3. The Chief (Squamish)
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  3. Hiking Smuggler Cove
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