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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

June 27, 2015

Campfire Ban for South B.C. Coast

 A Campfire ban has gone into effect today, June 27, within all B.C. Parks, crown lands and private lands identified by the Coastal Fire Centre.

These areas are prohibited areas for open fires, including campfires, backyard burning, land-clearing burn piles, burning barrels, fireworks, firecrackers. Campfires are only allowed on parts of northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the mid-coast portion of the mainland. Anyone caught violating the open burning prohibition could face a ticket of $345 and fines up to $100,000 or jail time.

A map of affected areas can be seen here.

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Hiker dies on the Grouse Grind. @CBC BC
2. Squamish man injured after surprise encounter with bear. @The Chief
3. Hiker dies after fall near Chilliwack. @CTV
4. B.C. Ferries crew save kayaker in nighttime rescue off Island. @Times Colonist
5. Cougar sighted near North Vancouver's Capilano University. @North Shore News
6. 5 Camping Spots to Bring the Kids to. @VIA
7. Sea to Sky Marine Trail opens to kayakers and canoeists in Howe Sound. @Georgia Straight
8. B.C. hiker surprises grizzly bear, suffers broken arm. @Vancouver Sun
9. New map reveals abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails in Coquitlam and Port Moody. @Georgia Straight
10. Top 5 Hikes Along The Sea To Sky To Do This Summer. @Travel BC
11. 13 images from Vancouver that will leave you feeling dwarfed by nature. @Matador
12. Your Top Places to Hike in BC. @Explore BC
13. Signs of drought appear to be in Western Canada for the long term. @Globe and Mail
14. North Vancouver fire crews rescue injured teen in Lynn Canyon Park. @Global News
15. Gravity assisted mountain biking takes off in B.C.. @CBC
16. Power boat ban on upper Pitt River urged after two accidents leave well-known fly fisherman dead. @Vancouver Sun
17. At Porteau Cove, geology has cool tales to tell. @Jack Christie
18. West Coast Trail Guardians: First Nations blaze a path to reconciliation. @Globe and Mail
19. Vancouver's Grouse Grind offers easy access to challenge, adventure, community. @Times Colonist
20. 5 Things to Do Between Mount Robson and Kamloops. @Explore BC

New and updated hike guides

I've updated a few of the hikes on the site:

Brunswick Mountain (Lions Bay): The North Shore's tallest peak. This is not for the beginner hiker, but has unbeatable views.

Joffre Lakes (Pemberton): This hike is drastically different than it was a few years ago, as much of the trail has been updated. The lakes and Matier Glacier are as beautiful as always, though.

I'm also working hard to get new guides up for Mount Fromme, Tunnell Bluffs, and several more. Keep an eye out in July for those.

Happy Canada Day!!!


Knee Knackering Trail Race
July 14, 2015
5 Peaks Cypress
July 18, 2015
Buckin' Hell 50k
July 25, 2015

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Swan Falls Loop Hike at Buntzen Lake
  2. Gear Review: PowerSkin Battery Case
  3. South Needle Hike in North Vancouver


  1. Eagle Bluffs (moderate)
  2. Brunswick Mountain (difficult)
  3. Joffre Lakes (moderate)
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