Did you know? The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada's Longest Hut-to-Hut Hiking Trail.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

April 30, 2020
Edition #87
In this newsletter:
  1. Fastpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Lynn Loop and Lupin Falls Hikes
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Trail Closures Update
  6. Using a Hiking Buff as a Mask

1. Fastpacking the SCT: 115 km in 3 Days

The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, just 5 hours North of Vancouver, BC. It’s a unique and beautiful backcountry experience that stretches 180km from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay, along coastal shorelines, through old growth forests, and up to panoramic mountaintops.

Local ultramarathon runner and filmmaker Jeff Pelletier documented his journey fastpacking a large portion of the trail last summer and released a video this week. 

Watch the short film of his adventure along the beautiful SCT here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. Hiking the Lynn Loop Trail & Lupin Falls

We posted two new trail guides to the website in April (bringing the current total number of guides to 108)! 

Lupin Falls 
Lupin Falls is a short yet scenic hike in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, leading to a picturesque waterfall.

The Lupin Falls Trail is a hike that can be completed in a 1 km loop. 

As this is a short hike, it’s often done as a quick detour on the drive to Lower Myra Falls. It is also a great place to visit for anyone camping within Strathcona Provincial Park.

Read the full trail guide here.

Lynn Loop
The Lynn Loop Trail is a popular hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver. Compared to other hikes in the park, Lynn Loop is a relatively easy hike and can be completed in about 2 hours.

The Lynn Loop is a popular trail for dog owners and is a nice destination for a quick and easy outing. You can start in the morning and complete the hike before lunch.

Read the full trail guide here.

4. Book of the Month - British Columbia: A Natural History of Its Origins, Ecology, and Diversity

With being stuck inside a lot more than usual, it's a great time to catch up on some reading. British Columbia: A Natural History is a helpful guide, packed with information about our beautiful province. 

While being somewhat scientific, the book remains easy to understand and is filled throughout with high-quality photos and beautifully-done illustrations and maps.

"This revised and expanded edition of an award-winning book not only explores British Columbia's stunning ecology but also features an increased focus on climate change. With expanded sections on the province’s geological history, updated information on the mountain pine beetle and the future of B.C.’s biodiversity, and fresh information on many other topics, this edition includes new illustrations, photos, sidebars, and new and revised maps.

Both an authoritative reference and an easy-to-read guide, this revised edition is a must for anyone who wants detailed and up-to-date information about British Columbia’s dazzling natural world."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Trail Closures Update

We have been keeping our COVID-19 trail closures page as current and accurate as possible. The good news is that since the Easter long weekend we seemed to have reached the peak amount of trail closures. However, many trails and parking areas remain closed. 

It seems like in May we will start to see some easing of restrictions to our parks and trails.

BC Parks announced this week that they are looking into re-opening parks in phases, but the exact timeline is unknown. 

If and when more trails reopen, please remain safe and maintain physical distancing. One of the best ways to do that is to pick trails that typically have less traffic. Our hiking trail finder has a filter for trails that have 'low' traffic, which might be a helpful starting point.

And before you head out, double-check our trail closures page for the latest details and COVID-19-related safety info.

6. Using a Hiking Buff as a Mask

Earlier this month we put a quick video on our YouTube Channel showing how you can use a standard hiking buff (headwrap, multiwrap, neck gaiter, or whatever you prefer to call them) as a makeshift mask while out in public to reduce the chances of unknowingly spreading the Coronavirus. 

As we sell Outdoor Vancouver buffs, we have been giving the net proceeds from all our buff sales to the Canada Helps COVID-19 Community Care Fund. I'm pleased to say we raised over $800! Those funds have been donated and matched by Gore Mutual for a total contribution of around $1,600! 

Thank you to everyone who bought a buff!

As of this writing there are only about 2 or 3 buffs left in stock. We have more arriving soon, and if you'd like to be notified when they arrive, you can use the 'Notify me' button on the product page.
Until next time!
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