Did you know? Strathcona Park (created in 1911, is B.C.'s first provincial park) contains the 440 metre Della Falls, which is Canada's highest and one of the ten highest falls in the world.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

January 31, 2017
Edition #48

Hiking to Yeo Point on Salt Spring Island


Yeo Point is a terrific hike in Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island. The trail meanders through lush, old-growth forest of hemlock and cedar. The trail travels by small ponds and a quartz field before ending at a beautiful beach near Yeo Point. Yeo Point itself is a spectacular rocky outcrop with arbutus trees overlooking the ocean.

If you’re visiting Salt Spring Island, this is a great hike to add to your list of things to do.

See the full details about the Yeo Point Hike here.


(Mostly) Local Outdoor News


1. ‘Really frustrating’: Search for missing Cypress Mountain hikers called off. @Globals
2. Skiers who spent NYE on Mt Seymour airlifted to safety. @CBC
3. Snowboarder rescued after spending night at Cypress Mountain. @CBC
4. Backcountry skier dead following avalanche near Nelson, B.C. @CBC
5. Why do so many hikers and skiers go missing in B.C.'s backcountry? @CTV
6. Snowboarder credits inflatable backpack for saving him in avalanche. @CTV
7. B.C. parks grapple with growing popularity of winter activity. @Van Sun
8. Peak on Mount Seymour to be named after former NSR leader Tim Jones. @CBC
9. Conservationists concerned about free entry to Canada's national parks in 2017. @CBC
10. Expanded Vancouver store on tap for fast-growing MEC. @Van Sun
11. Show your support for BC Parks with specialty licence plates. @B.C. Gov
12. Rescue crews find missing hiker near Nanaimo. @Chek

 



Planning Your 2017 Hiking Season


It's never to early too start planning out the hikes you want to do this summer. We now have more than 50 full-detail hiking guides on the website, so picking out a few new ones should be easy. But, in case that's not enough, here are a few more resources to help you pick some things to put into your 2017 calendar.
  • Parks Canada is celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by giving away a free pass to all national parks and historic sites for the whole year.
  • Vancouver Trails has a breakdown of the parks in B.C. which you can visit with your pass.
  • Here's a list of local outdoors clubs you can join to help encourage you to get out more this year. 
  • Campsites book up quickly in B.C. and they are now all open for reservation on a rolling 4-month window. If you're doing any camping this summer, time to start thinking about booking a site.
  • Safety first. You may also want to take a course this year - from backcountry navigation to wilderness first aid, there are plenty of skills you can learn to enhance your fun and safety in the outdoors. You can find some ideas here.

Until next month!
Karl

UPCOMING EVENTS

Vancouver Int'l Mountain Film Festival
Feb 10 - 18, 2017
Run Ridge Run
February 25, 2017
Snowshow Grind Mountain Run
February 26, 2017

(Click for full events calendar)

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