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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

January 28, 2021
Edition #96
In this newsletter:
  1. The Beth Lake Trail in Squamish
  2. Outdoor News
  3. OV Apparel at Bluhouse Cafe
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Dog Mountain Snowshoe Video

1. Hiking the Beth Lake Trail

We posted one new trail guide to the website in January. We hiked this trail last summer, and you'll need to keep this on your to-do list until the snow melts. 

Beth Lake is a less-busy hike along the Sea to Sky corridor which starts near the Furry Creek Golf Course.

The main draw to this hike is the scenic Beth Lake, which is surrounded amphitheatre-style by tall, jagged peaks. Another nice thing about this hike is that it is less often frequented than many others in the area.

The first part of the hike climbs gradually along a forest service road. The trail then enters a scenic forest along a deactivated service road, crossing several creeks. The final part of the hike is a steep climb up to Beth Lake itself.

Read the full Beth Lake trail guide here

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Missing snowshoer found dead near St. Mark's summit. @News 1130
2. Shaming those who need to be rescued in B.C. backcountry is dangerous. @News1130
3. 2 seriously injured during 'precarious' hike on Vancouver Island. @CTV
4. Squamish Search and Rescue records fourth call this month. @The Chief
5. Snowboarder rescued after Cypress Park avalanche. @News1130
6. 2 hikers rescued in separate calls for help on Mount Benson. @Nanaimo Now
7. Snowshoers celebrated for good decision making on Mount Seymour. @News1130
8. North Shore Rescue explains why calling 911 is better than any app. @News1130
9. Stranded teen snowmobiler commended by rescue crews for digging snow cave. @CBC
10. 'Gobsmacked': government park money lands in Coquitlam backcountry with no plan. @Tri-City News
11. Trans Mountain is unfairly blocking this Burnaby trail. @Burnaby Now
12. TMX opponents offer tours of pipeline route in Burnaby conservation area. @Burnaby Now
13. The Lindeman Lake/Greendrop trail is CLOSED until bridge repairs completed. @BC Parks
14. Cougar euthanized in B.C. after severely mauling a man north of Vancouver. @Burnaby Now
15. This trail in North Vancouver's Mosquito Creek Park is now permanently closed. @NS News
16. 2021 could mark a turning point for the logging of old growth trees in B.C.. @CBC
17. How All That Pandemic Hiking Is Benefitting Your Brain. @Health Line

3. Bluhouse Market and Cafe


We’re excited to be partnered with Bluhouse Market and Cafe in Deep Cove! Bluhouse is now carrying a selection of Outdoor Vancouver apparel. Next time you’re in Deep Cove, make sure you stop by to say hello and enjoy some delicious local and organic food!

“Bluhouse believes that eating local allows us to focus on the seasons, celebrate the natural ebbs and flows of the west coast bounty and to appreciate food with a lower carbon footprint and a higher touch of love. All the way from the grower to the fork full of goodness at Bluhouse!

Our mission is to create a community gathered around beliefs that support our planet and spark conversation in the beauty of Deep Cove."

4. Book of the Month - The Great Western Canada Bucket List

Just because travel options are limited at the moment, it doesn't mean we can't dream and plan for the better days ahead. 

The Great Western Canada Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences is chock-full of great ideas for wild places to explore around B.C. and Alberta.

"Most Canadians think of travel as a way to escape the snow, cold, and dreary winter skies. But Robin Esrock loves all that our western provinces have to offer visitors, and so will you! The Great Western Canada Bucket List highlights the best travel experiences to be had on Canada’s West Coast.

Through nature, food, culture, and history, as well as a few adrenaline rushes and some quirky Canadiana, Robin's personal quest to tick off the very best of Alberta and British Columbia packs in enough adventure for a lifetime. Inside you'll get a first-hand perspective on:

• Tracking the spirit bear in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest.
• Wine-tasting in the Okanagan.
• Hunting for dinosaurs in Alberta's Badlands.
• Diving a sunken battleship.
• Snorkeling with salmon.
• Getting spiritual with heli-yoga in the Rockies.
• RVing the Icefields Parkway."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Dog Mountain Snowshoe

We've had a snowshoe guide for Dog Mountain on the website for many years, but just recently posted a trail overview video to our YouTube channel. If you've never been up to Dog Mountain in winter, we hope this gives you a nice summary of the trail!
Until next time!
  1. Hollyburn Mountain (North Van)
  2. Alexander Falls (Whistler)
  3. Kanaka Creek (Maple Ridge)
  1. Hiking Mount Thom
  2. Hiking Beth Lake
  3. The Juan de Fuca Trail
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