Did you know? While many BC Parks have re-opened, some are still closed and many have restrictions in place.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

May 28, 2020
Edition #88
In this newsletter:
  1. What Trails Are Open Around Vancouver?
  2. Outdoor News
  3. The Rainbow Falls Loop
  4. Book of the Month
  5. The New OV Slack Channel
  6. Current Gear Deals

1. Where to Hike During COVID-19

With COVID-19, it has been a confusing time for all of us to find suitable hiking trails. Some trails never closed. Some trails closed but have now re-opened or have partially re-opened. And some trails are remaining closed for a while yet.

We have received some comments on our COVID-19 trail closures page, that while it is helpful to list what trails are closed, it would be nice to have an idea of what trails are actually OPEN. Where can we still hike during COVID-19? To help with that, we have created this list of some suggested hikes you can tackle until everything opens back up.

Read the list of hikes and recommendations here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. B.C. closes provincial campsites to non-residents this summer. @CBC
2. B.C. Parks website crashes due to massive demand for campsites. @Van Sun
3. More B.C. provincial parks, national parks reopening June 1. @CBC
4. Sea to Sky Gondola begins a phased reopening. @Daily Hive
5. All Whistler parks now re-opened; most off-road trails free of snow. @Pique
6. Search continues for dog that went over waterfall in North Van. @Global
7. MEC faces allegations of election rigging. @News 1130
8. Adventure In Place: Virtual Interactive Speaker Series. @Run Wild Van
9. North Shore Rescue warns of 'pushy' bear on North Van trails. @NS News
10. New book highlights family hikes on the North Shore. @NS News
11. What you need to know when hiking with kids. @Pop Sci
12. 15 Ways to Avoid Busy Trails. @Happiest Outdoors

3. Hiking the Rainbow Falls Loop

Rainbow Falls in Whistler is a quick and easy hike that is suitable for the whole family.

The hike to Rainbow Falls starts at the same trailhead as the hike to Rainbow Lake, Hanging Lake, and Madeley Lake, but it is much shorter and easier than those.

The Rainbow Falls hike can be completed in a loop. It is a good option when you’re looking for a short hike in Whistler with rewarding scenery that gets you into the forest.

Read the full trail guide here.

4. Book of the Month - The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

As we have been asked to stay inside, and stay local, now more than ever we are realizing the importance of getting outside and being in nature. The Nature Fix unpacks the research and science behind what we intuitively know - spending time in nature has a positive impact on our mental and physical well-being.

"For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. The New Outdoor Vancouver Slack Channel

Want to connect with other local hikers?

Join the Outdoor Vancouver Slack Channel to chat about trail suggestions, current trail conditions, and all things related to hiking around Vancouver.

What is Slack? Slack is basically a private chat room for people to connect and share around a topic. Slack allows groups to share information, photos, and more all in one place.

We realize not everyone uses Slack, but for those that do we have set up a private Slack channel where the community can share trail condition updates, and general hiking information. 

Everything is automated, so if you use slack you can simply enter your email on this page to be granted access. If you don't use Slack but would like to join, it is free to create a Slack account!

Enter your email on this page to receive an automatic invite!

6. Current Gear Deals

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

Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • 20% - 30% off Columbia Footwear, Cliff brand products, Salomon, select indoor and outdoor games, Saxx underwear, Outdoor Research, and more!
Columbia Sportswear
  • 25% off Almost Everything! Valid until June 2.
Stay safe, and until next time!
  1. Crooked Falls (Squamish)
  2. Nairn Falls (Pemberton)
  3. 14 Best Spring Hikes
  1. Hiking the Lynn Loop Trail
  2. Hiking Rainbow Falls in Whistler
  3. Where to Hike during COVID-19
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