Did you know? There's still plenty of snow in the mountains. Be sure to do your research before heading out on bigger hikes!
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

June 25, 2020
Edition #89
In this newsletter:
  1. Hiking Vancouver eBook
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Cypress Lake & Mt. Tod
  4. Book of the Month
  5. The OV YouTube Channel
  6. Hiking Buffs & Current Gear Deals

1. Hiking Vancouver eBook

Created by Outdoor Vancouver, Hiking Vancouver gives you an insider’s view of the best local hikes, and everything you need to know to get outside and explore the B.C. wilderness! 

This eBook covers hiking safety, etiquette, and guides for over one hundred hikes from Pemberton to Hope!
  • Discover over 110 amazing hikes around Vancouver
  • Turn-by-turn descriptions and overviews
  • Hike stats, photos, and further resources
  • Free lifetime updates as new hikes are added
Hiking Vancouver is only $8.99 and proceeds help support the website. 

Learn more and grab your copy here!

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. ‘Hundreds’ of hikers not prepared for snow, North Shore Rescue warns. @NS News
2. Missing Seymour hiker rescued after search suspended overnight. @Van Sun
3. Disoriented hikers rescued from peak in Strathcona Park. @Times Colonist
4. Grouse Mountain reopens with new rules and procedures. @Global
5. Camper fined and evicted after bear rips into his tent in Squamish. @Kelowna Now
6. COVID-19: Whistler Blackcomb sets date to reopen. @Van Sun
7. Dog’s body found after being swept over North Vancouver waterfall. @Global
8. Kickstarter for 3rd ed. of the popular hiking map of Coquitlam and Port Moody. @Kickstarter
9. Vandals take it out on trees in Metro Vancouver as observers ask, 'Why?'. @CBC
10. B.C. vastly overestimates size of its old-growth forest, researchers say. @CBC
11. Survey sheds light on demand for B.C. parks during pandemic . @Pique
12. ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ Is Really a Thing. @NY Times

3. Hiking Cypress Lake and Mount Tod

We posted two new trail guides to the website in June (bringing the current total number of guides to 111)! 

Cypress Lake
Cypress Lake is a lesser-known hike in Coquitlam, starting near the Westwood Plateau golf course.

It is a steady, uphill climb to reach Cypress Lake, which sits at about 800 m elevation.

The lake itself is small, and is not ideal for swimming. However, it is still picturesque, and well-worth the trip if you’re looking for a half-day hike that is on the difficult side of easy.

Read the full trail guide here.

Mount Tod

Mount Tod is a moderately-challenging day hike at Sun Peaks Resort, near Kamloops. 

There are 18 different trails to hike at Sun Peaks, but Mount Tod is among the most popular of them (and the highest at 2,152 m).

One of the highlights of hiking at Sun Peaks is the incredible wildflowers. If you want to see the wildflowers, they usually hit their peak in late July or early August.

Read the full Mount Tod guide here.

4. Book of the Month - Family Hikes and Walks on Greater Vancouver's North Shore

Just in time for peak hiking season, a brand-new local hiking book has been released from Rocky Mountain Books. Family Hikes and Walks of Greater Vancouver's North Shore is the perfect guidebook for families looking to get out hiking in North and West Vancouver.

The book has 50 hikes with maps and color photos, and is features kid-friendly outings. Each hike has a note about what is 'of special interest for children' for the hike and step-by-step directions. There are also handy lists for best waterfall hikes, best winter hikes, best bike trails, etc. 

If you're looking for some guidance on the fun family-friendly hikes on the North Shore, this is a no-brainer!

"Family Walks and Hikes is an exciting new series of books written specifically for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. These accurate, attractive guides feature expertly curated routes, informative maps, and colour photographs.

The Lower Mainland’s first entry in the series introduces readers to a wide range of trails that North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and the Howe Sound Islands have to offer. With routes ranging from neighbourhood walks to backcountry adventures to rugged mountain vistas, Family Walks and Hikes of Greater Vancouver’s North Shore has something for everyone. 

Ranging from charmingly easy to moderately challenging, all of these hikes are accessible from reliable roads and popular staging areas. In addition, each hike is accompanied by a clear, colourful map, step by step directions, and full-colour photographs".

Read more about the book here.

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

5. The Outdoor Vancouver YouTube Channel

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel?

For every hiking guide we create, we publish a trail overview video, showing you what you can expect on the hike.

Check out our new channel trailer here, and be sure to subscribe!

6. Current Gear Deals

A few online retailers have some good deals going right now:

Columbia Sportswear
  • 25% off Almost Everything! Offer extended until June 30.
  • Up to 60% off select styles with code JUNE60 (valid until June 28)
Outdoor Vancouver hiking buffs

A few months back, we put a quick video on our YouTube Channel showing how you can use a standard hiking buff as a makeshift mask while out in public to reduce the chances of unknowingly spreading the Coronavirus. 

We quickly sold out, but now have more in stock! $3 from every buff goes to the Canada Helps COVID-19 Community Care Fund. I'm pleased to say we have raised over $1,060 so far. Most of those donations were matched by Gore Mutual for a total contribution of around $1,860 so far! 

Thank you to everyone who bought a buff!

The buffs can be ordered here.
Until next time!
  1. Mystery Lake (North Vancouver)
  2. Hope Lookout Trail (Hope)
  3. Lindeman Lake (Chilliwack)
  1. Hiking to Mount Tod
  2. Hiking to Cypress Lake
  3. Where to Hike during COVID-19
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