Did you know? The Coquihalla Valley has long served as the major transportation route from the coast of B.C. to the interior beginning with the Hope-Nicola Trail in 1876.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

September 30, 2014

New Trail Guide: Hiking Yak Peak

There may only be a weekend or two of good weather left this hiking season, so if you're looking for something different to hike, Yak Peak might be worth a look. Yak is relatively new trail, having only been more developed in recent years after originating as a rough route for rock climbers visiting the summit.

Located in the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area, Yak Peak is a steep granite peak, and has the highest summit on the Zopkios Ridge. Visible from the Coquihalla Highway, Yak Peak is located in the Cascade mountain range and is popular for hikers and climbers alike. Yak offers an arduous uphill climb with beautiful panoramic views of nearby Needle peak, Vicuna and Guanco peaks and many more!  

See the full trail guide and photos here.

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Man who died while climbing on Sky Pilot Mountain identified. @Global News
2. Rescue on Burke Mountain. @Coquitlam SAR
3. Kinder Morgan wants boundary changes in four parks to accommodate pipeline expansion. @The Province
4. Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan. @Vancouver Observer
5. Vancouver September Hikes. @Vancouver Trails
6. North Shore hikers urged to be careful. @Global News
7. Hiking to Brew Lake near Whistler. @Georgia Straight
8. Vancouver bike lanes incite outrage as city supports riders. @Globe and Mail
9. Cyclists, pedestrians collide on Vancouver’s mean streets. @Times Colonist
10. Big bear won't budge from Port Coquitlam neighbourhood. @CBC News
11. New Sea to Sky Gondola lures tourist trove to Squamish. @Vancouver Sun
12. On the Run in Whistler. @Vancouver Sun
13. Trail Running the Howe Sound Crest Trail. @Jeff Pelletier
14. Hiker who rescued seal pup being investigated. @CTV News
15. Summer wildfires burned fifth largest area in B.C. history. @Vancouver Sun
16. North Shore Rescue team saves lost and injured hikers. @Vancouver Sun
17. Swan Falls Rescue. @Coquitlam SAR

Best Spots to See the 2014 Salmon Run

If you haven't ever seen the salmon run in B.C., 2014 is a great year to check it out. The run is already in progress, but its not too late to see the spectacle. Every 4 years is a 'dominant run', where the number of salmon returning to spawn in the rivers in which they were born, are at their greatest.  Since 2010 was such a large run, there has been great anticipation for this year's run:

Anticipated salmon run could overwhelm Fraser River this summer, experts say
- ‘It’s insane': Gold rush on the water as coveted sockeye salmon return to B.C.’s Fraser River in droves

And while the run may turn out to be a bit smaller than the initial hopes, it's still a good time to get out on the rivers and see this feat of nature. So where should you watch?  The Adam's River in the Okanagan is one of the best spots in the province (where the frenzy normally peaks around Thanksgiving), but if you can't make it there, the CBC has a nice article with a list of local places to try your luck: 

Where to watch the Fraser River sockeye salmon return


Until next month!


GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon
Oct 12, 2014
Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra
Oct 18, 2014
Hallow's Eve Trail Race
Oct 25, 2014

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Hiking Yak Peak near the Coquihalla Summit
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  3. Vancouver’s Fastest Known Times


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  3. Hiking Lynn Peak in North Vancouver
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