Did you know? There is a 2.4 mile water pipe, built in 1902, which connects Lake Coquitlam to Buntzen Lake.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

May 30, 2015

A Hiking Guide to Swan Falls

Swan Falls Loop is a hike near Buntzen Lake, which takes you along Eagle Ridge, past a waterfall (Swan Falls), tarns, lakes and over an amazing summit (Mount Beautiful). It’s a fantastic, lesser-travelled alternative to the Diez Vistas route for those wanting a challenging hike with lots of elevation gain, and some spectacular views.

In terms of difficulty, compared to the nearby hikes, it is harder than doing the Lindsay Lake loop, yet easier than completing the full Dilly Dally Loop. It is also more difficult than the Diez Vistas Loop. BC Hydro, who manages the area, says of this hike: “It is very steep in places and is only recommended for experienced and fit hikers”.

Read the trail guide here:


(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Injured hiker rescued from West Vancouver's Howe Sound Crest Trail. @NS News
2. Two rescued after bloody injury on HSCT. @NS News
3. After 3 rescues in 2 days, North Shore Rescue busy season begins. @NS News
4. 5 great Lower Mainland hikes from Vancouver Trails. @CBC
5. CBC Radio Interview with Vancouver Trails. @Vancouver Trails
6. Kid Friendly Hikes in Vancouver. @VIA
7. New Grouse Grind rangers to keep an eye on hikers. @CBC
8. Whistler Blackcomb to offer Grouse Grind inspired timed, high tech hiking trails. @Vancouver Sun
9. 8 Vancouver Cycling Must-Knows. @VIA
10. Easy cycling routes for families open new vistas. @The Province
11. Chilliwack SAR rescues 2 ATV riders. @CBC
12. Chilliwack man attempting to dodge oncoming ATV dies after falling off cliff. @The Province
13. Historic backcountry hut that straddles B.C.'s Continental Divide 'a special place'. @Vancouver Sun
14. Jumbo opponents say avalanche report should spell 'end of the road' for planned resort. @Pique
15. Exploring beyond the Chief in Squamish? @Explore BC
16. The Top 25 Campsites in Canada. @Explore Mag
17. Paragliding British Columbia. @Outside Online
18. B.C. scuba video highlights province's best diving locations. @CBC
19. Broken bones no barrier to running BMO Vancouver Marathon. @Van Courier
20. 5 Must Do Ultra Marathons in Canada. @Get Out There

Deals on Outdoor Gear

My favorite source for outdoor gear, Live Out There, has a few great promotions going on this week. I like Live Out There because they have free shipping within Canada, and since they're based out of Alberta there is no provincial sales tax. The deals are:

1. From May 31st  - June 14th you can save 20% on Best Sellers using the code BEST20 at checkout (see the Best Sellers Here).

2. June 1 -2 only, everything in the store is 25% off!

Check out the store here if you need any gear for the summer.

Until next month!


MEC Bikefest North Shore
June 6 - 7, 2015
Seek the Peak
June 14, 2015
BC Bike Race
June 26 - July 4, 2015

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  1. Swan Falls Loop Hike at Buntzen Lake
  2. Gear Review: PowerSkin Battery Case
  3. South Needle Hike in North Vancouver


  1. Upper Shannon Falls (moderate)
  2. Crown Mountain (difficult)
  3. Sendero Diez Vistas (moderate)
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