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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

May 31, 2021
Edition #100 !!
In this newsletter:
  1. Hiking Mount Harvey
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Hike More Worry Less
  5. Survive Your Own Adventure

1. Hiking Mount Harvey in Lions Bay

Mount Harvey is a challenging hike with rewarding views from the summit. Similar to nearby hikes like Brunswick Mountain, The Lions, and Tunnel Bluffs, jaw-dropping views of Howe Sound are enjoyed from the summit. However, Mount Harvey seems to see less trail traffic than its neighbours.

What makes Harvey a difficult hike is the elevation gain – a lung-busting 1,422 m of gain in a little over 6 kilometres of trail. There is a light scramble on the approach to the summit, but nothing overly dangerous in good, snow-free conditions.

Speaking of snow, you'll likely want to leave this one on your to-do list for another month or so.

Read the full guide for Mount Harvey here | Watch our 5-minute trail overview video here: YouTube.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Tragic end to search for missing hiker in North Vancouver. @Global
2. Hikers reminded to play it safe as North Shore Rescue responds to 4 calls in 12 hours. @CTV
3. Mount Fromme trails now open after North Van bear attack. @NS News
4. Bear family photographed in Port Coquitlam tree a public reminder to monitor surroundings. @TriCity News
5. Golden retriever rescued after being swept over waterfall in Golden Ears Park. @CTV
6. Grouse Grind reopens for season, BCMC trail closes for maintenance. @NS News
7. Avid hiker calling for repairs to 'crumbling' Juan De Fuca Trail infrastructure. @CTV
8. Thieves active at Lindeman Lake and other parking spots along Chilliwack Lake Road. @Abby News
9. Hope’s Othello Tunnels may open soon if geological testing proves it’s safe. @Chilliwack Progress
10. Avalanche Canada to get $10-million boost from the province. @Van Sun

3. Book of the Month - Waterfall Hikes in Southern B.C.

There's another new local hiking guidebook to look at - Waterfall Hikes in Southern British Columbia by Steve Tersmette.

This book features over 100 waterfalls of the Kootenays, Okanagan, and the Trans-Canada Corridor. The book has great color photos and short descriptions of each hike, as well as a sketch of the route. There are no waterfalls from the Vancouver area, but most of those are already covered in other guidebooks. Instead, this book makes a great companion for your next B.C. roundtrip. 

The book has a kid-friendly focus, with the vast majority of the waterfalls being reachable in less than 2 kilometers. You're sure to find some great new gems to explore with the family.

"The first in an all-new series of full-colour guidebooks featuring hikes and walks to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in western Canada.

Waterfall Hikes in Southern British Columbia is the comprehensive guide to discovering waterfalls in BC. It provides detailed access and hiking directions to more than a hundred cascading water features in the BC Rockies and Southern Interior mountain ranges, as well as the Okanagan. Highlighted by stunning photographic imagery, this is the ultimate companion for those looking to chase spectacular and serene waterfalls in Western Canada. Provincial and national parks covered include:

  • Elk Lakes Provincial Park
  • Yoho National Park
  • Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
  • Syringa Provincial Park
  • Glacier National Park

Written for families with young children, this book will also appeal strongly to outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and walkers of all ages, along with photographers and artists seeking out the unique beauty of waterfalls.

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. Hike More. Worry Less

We have a brand new shirt in our online apparel store! Hike More, Worry Less is a motto we try to live by. 

There are shortsleeve and longsleeve options available. These premium-quality shirts are made from a tri-blend of ultra soft materials for an incredibly comfy wear.

Oh, and there are stickers, too :)

Check out all the Outdoor Vancouver apparel here. Proceeds help support the site, and also the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation.

5. Survive Your Own Adventure

This month, North Shore Rescue launched a very interesting project - a 'Choose your own adventure' style interactive video.

The video puts you in control of a day out in the North Shore Mountains, and allows you to make choices that might lead to some serious consequences.

The video is informative, educational, and engaging. We encourage you to give it a try, and see if you have what it takes to survive outside.
Give it a go here!
Until next time!
  1. Whistler Train Wreck (Whistler)
  2. Grouse Grind (North Van)
  3. Munro Lake (Coquitlam)
  1. Hiking Mount Harvey
  2. Best Rainy Day Hikes around Vancouver
  3. Hiking Smuggler Cove
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