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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

June 27, 2019
Edition #77
In this newsletter:
  1. Steelhead Falls Hike
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. New Crowd-Management Measures at Joffre Lakes
  5. Meet us at the Khatsalano Street Party
  6. Summertime at the Journeyman Lodge

1. New Hiking Guide - Steelhead Falls

We posted a new hiking guide to the site - a beautiful waterfall in Mission!

Steelhead Falls is a stunning waterfall near Hayward Lake. The hike is short and easy, and as it sits at a low elevation, is usually snow-free year-round. The hike to the falls and back is about 2 km. The hike can be done as a detour along the 8 km Reservoir Trail which carries the length of the west side of the lake.

The waterfall is spectacular and has upper and lower viewing platforms. Steelhead Falls is kid-friendly and is a great option for families.

Read the full guide for Steelhead Falls  here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Coquitlam SAR rescue solo hiker near Buntzen Lake. @Tricity News
2. Rock climber dies after falling from Stawamus Chief in Squamish. @Global
3. Mid-Island search and rescue groups help five people in three incidents. @CTV News
4. Coquitlam SAR volunteer in need of kidney stunned by offers from strangers. @News 1130
5. The sacrifice of saving lives: Behind the Scenes with Search and Rescue. @CBC
6. Shirt sales to benefit North Shore Rescue. @NS News
7. Backcountry safety org redoubles efforts to reach ESL communities. @Pique
8. Vancouver Island tourism operators dreading wildfire season. @CBC
9. Plan in the works for new Widgeon Marsh Regional Park. @Straight
10. BC government buys 5.6 hectares to expand Garibaldi Provincial Park. @Van Courier
11. Human-bear conflict on the rise in the Sea to Sky. @Pique
12. Black bear that swiped at 2 people on Burnaby Mountain killed. @CBC
13. 57-year-old smashes multi-Grouse Grind record. @Cdn Tral Running

3. Book of the Month - Let's Go Biking! - Easy rides, walks & runs around Vancouver

Let’s Go Biking is a terrific collection of rides for cyclists of all ages and abilities around Metro Vancouver and beyond.

The book is beautifully designed and laid out for easy navigation, and features incredibly helpful maps of each route. 

There’s something for everyone, from flat scenic trails, city greenways, to quiet country roads. It comes as a PDF eBook or in paperback.

"With its mild climate and stunning scenery, there’s no better way to see Vancouver’s awe-inspiring mountains and shores, farms, and vibrant city neighbourhoods. Enjoy the new Arbutus Greenway, visit a historic fishing village in Steveston, or meander the Pitt Meadows dykes by the cranberry fields. With distances ranging from 5km to 50km, these easy day trips are fun for families, beginning cyclists, seniors, explorers, and those who like to stop and smell the roses.
  • 84 maps to explore for rides, walks and runs in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Whistler
  • Something for everyone — from flat scenic trails, city greenways to quiet country roads
  • Easy-to-follow maps designed to take along for the ride
  • Purchase includes donation to HUB, TrailsBC and the BC Cycling Coalition for cycling improvements"

Read more about Let's Go Biking here.

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

4. New Crowd-Management Measures at Joffre Lakes

This week B.C. Parks announced new safety and crowd management measures for Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, to address the explosion in popularity the park has seen in recent years. 

The main highlights include:
  • increasing park presence with two First Nations stewards working alongside park rangers;
  • expanding the parking lots to increase vehicle capacity from 250 to 450 cars to accommodate approximately 1,350 people per day;
  • offering a shuttle service from Duffey Lake Park parking lot to the Joffre Lakes Park trailhead;
  • implementing a compliance plan and towing vehicles illegally parked on Highway 99; and
  • installing an emergency satellite phone at the Joffre Lakes trailhead as a means of communication for public safety.
You can read CBC's coverage of the updates here.

You can read our hiking guide for Joffre Lakes here.

5. Khatsalano Street Party & Shipyards Night Market

We'll be set up at two local events in July - The Shipyards Night Market in North Van, and the Khatsalano Street Party in Vancouver!

If you're at either event make sure you stop by, say hi, and enter our giveaways for some sweet prizes (including OV apparel, and trail crampons and hiking gaiters from Hillsound Equipment)!

1. The Shipyards Night Market at the lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver has been growing in popularity each year. The market is free to attend and features live music, craft beer, food trucks, and local artisans.

When: Friday Nights 5-10pm - until Sept 27
Outdoor Vancouver Dates: July 19, August 16
Where: The historic Shipyards District in the lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver

Learn more about the Shipyards Night Market here.

2. The Khatsalano Street Party is taking place on W. 4th in Vancouver. Khatsahlano, features multiple stages showcasing dozens of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens! It's free to attend.

When: Saturday July 6, 2019 – 11am to 9pm
Where: West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street

Learn more about the Khatsalano Street Party here.

5. Summertime at the Journeyman Lodge

The Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Valley is a well-known spot for an epic backcountry skiing getaway. Now, the Journeyman Lodge is open on a limited basis for guests during the summer too, available to those who hike in.

Last fall we got a sneak-peak of the summer experience at the Journeyman Lodge.

Read about our weekend up at the lodge!
Play safe over the long weekend, and Happy Canada Day!!

Until next month!

Khatsalano Street Party (with Outdoor Vancouver!)
July 6

North Van Shipyards Night Market (with Outdoor Vancouver!)
July 19

Buckin' Hell Ultra, Mount Seymour
July 27

(View the
full events calendar)
  1. Conflict Lake
  2. Summer at Journeyman Lodge
  3. Steelhead Falls

  1. Al's Habrich Ridge (Squamish)
  2. Garibaldi Lake (Whistler)
  3. Swan Falls Loop (Buntzen Lake)
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