Did you know? Opal Cone in Garibaldi Provincial Park is an extinct cinder cone volcano.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

February 26, 2015

A Hiking Guide to Opal Cone

Like many of the hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, the hike to Opal Cone is one that seems to provide endless breathtaking views. At 35 km, Opal Cone is a very long day-hike, however, the trail is not overly challenging or technical. Many of the miles covered are on rolling, wide trail and the panoramic view from the summit is nothing short of spectacular. You have views of The Gargoyles, Columnar Peak, Pyramid Mountain and even Elfin Lakes, just to name a few. The Garibaldi Neve and several glaciers are also prominently on display.

This hike is one you'll want to put on your summertime to-do list. Read the full trail guide here:


(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Liang Jin's body found on North Shore mountains. @CBC News
2. Search for missing hiker turns up backpack linked to 20-year-old tragedy. @CTV News
3. North Shore Rescue saves 5 from Suicide Bluffs. @North Shore News
4. Vancouver RCMP patrolling trails to keep nature lovers from attacking each other. @National Post
5. Ontario snowboarder found dead on Whistler Blackcomb. @CBC News
6. Take a Hike Program gives at-risk students a second chance. @Georgia Straight
7. Learning to Ice Climb in Southwest BC. @Explore BC
8. Fun things to do along the Sea to Sky Corridor. @Vancity Buzz
9. Skiers and snowboarders don wetsuits for Whistler spoof video. @CBC News
10. Grouse Grind in dangerous condition but that doesn’t stop some hikers. @Vancouver Sun
11. Police investigate traps set on Maple Ridge biking trails. @Global News
12. NSA Vancouver Trail Running Clinic. @Jeff Pelletier
13. Trail runner talks about her Sunshine Coast Trail record at VIMFF. @North shore News
14. 87-year-old North Van resident sets half-marathon world record. @Running Canada
15. 6 Hardest Races in Canada. @Get Out There
16. New orca calf born to endangered southern resident pod. @CBC News
17. You Need to Watch this Short Doc abour Barn Owls in the Fraser Valley. @VIA
18. Seal wrestles octopus in rarely captured scene in B.C. waters. @CBC News
19.Giant Pacific octopus wraps itself around diver's face near Port Hardy, BC. @CBC News

The North Face Sample Sale

The spring 2015 The North Face Sample Sale will be held March 7 - 8 at the Armenian Church Community Center in Richmond. There are samples of footwear, sleeping bags, tents, jackets, pants, casual clothing, fleece, rain wear, ski and snowboard apparel and more.

All times are marked 50% off the marked price. This sale will have all of the Fall 2015 products so that means tons of insulated jackets, warm mid layers, boots and great winter stuff that has not hit the stores yet all at 50% off. The one thing to note is that all the samples are a Medium and all of the footwear for men is 9.5 and for women is 7.

Full details are here: 


Tales from the Outdoors - An Epic Hike From Jasper to Mexico

On April 25, 2014 two friends and former UBC students set off from their front doorstep in Jasper, Alberta, with the intention of skiing, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, climbing and crawling their way to Mexico via the Great Divide and Continental Divide Trails – a trip that would cover over 5,400 km of grueling terrain when all was said and done.

Fast-forward 8 months and 1 amazing adventure, and Liam and Jake would complete their trek on Dec 31, 2014 in Puerto Palomas, Mexico. Averaging about a half-marathon of distance per-day, it’s an impressive feat to say the least.

Read about their amazing journey in this interview with Outdoor Vancouver:


Until next month!


The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
March 7 - 8, 2015
Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Challenge
March 22, 2015
Spring Run Off
March 22, 2015

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Tales from the Outdoors – An Epic Hike from Jasper to Mexico
  2. 2015 The North Face Sample Sale
  3. Hiking Opal Cone in Garibaldi Provincial Park


  1. The Stawamus Chief in Squamish
  2. The Sea to Summit and Wrinkle Rock Trails
  3. Norvan Falls in North Vancouver
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