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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

December 26, 2019
Edition #83
In this newsletter:
  1. Hiking the Ammonite Falls Trail
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Revamped BC Parks' Camping Reservation System
  5. 2019 Recap
  6. Boxing Day Gear Deals

1. Hiking Ammonite Falls

Ammonite Falls is an easy-to-moderately difficult hike near Nanaimo. The waterfall itself lies within Benson Creek Falls Regional Park, though the hike starts outside the park boundaries.

Most of the trail is easy to follow and has minimal elevation change. But the final section of trail to the waterfall is steep and can be difficult, though there are ropes in place to assist.

Read the full guide for Ammonite Falls here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. Book of the Month - Allen & Mike's Avalanche Book

If you'll be doing anything in the backcountry this winter, it goes without saying you should be prepared for the conditions, including avalanche risk. While taking an Avalanche Safety Training course is the best way to be prepared, Allen & Mike's Avalanche Book provides great supplementary information about avalanches. 

Filled with great illustrations, this book takes a serious subject and presents it in a fun and entertaining way.

"With more and more people heading into the winter backcountry on skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles, avalanche safety is of paramount importance. Allen & Mike's Really Cool Avalanche Safety Book distills the sometimes overly technical information of snow science into a user-friendly format with helpful illustrations and easy-to-understand text. With years of experience as NOLS instructors to draw on, Allen O'Bannon and Mike Clelland team up to give winter recreationists the information they need to stay safe in the backcountry, including how to prepare for your trip, proper equipment and how to use it, snowpack assessment, choosing safe travel routes, decision making, and rescue scenarios."

Read more about the Avalanche Book here.

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

4. Revamped BC Parks Camping Reservation System

In time for 2020, BC Parks has revamped their online campsite reservation system, and added in some nice new features.

Features to the new reservation system include:

  • notifications if previously booked sites become available at a certain park during a specific time;
  • advanced search and display features that show campsites available in nearby parks if the first choice is full; and
  • an option to sign up for additional BC Parks information, such as newsletters and event notices.

More features will be added in stages, including:

  • an option for customers to pre-purchase items such as firewood, ice and park-related merchandise; and
  • an option to purchase and send e-gift cards to family and friends for use on the Discover Camping system.
BC Parks is doing its best to keep up with growing demand on stagnant funding. Earlier this year they added 362 new campsites within BC Parks sites. 

Reservations fees remain unchanged for 2020.

Read the full press release here.

5. 2019 in Review

As 2020 approaches, we'd like to thank you for being a part of the Outdoor Vancouver Community!

This year:
  • We published 18 new hiking guides (bringing our total up to 102)! 
  • We made our entire database of hikes searchable by all sorts of hike features (dogs allowed, waterfall hikes, distance, nearest city, and so on)!
  • We add more apparel and new products to our web-shop. Along the way we helped raise over $200 for the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation!
  • This newsletter list grew to over 10,000 subscribers, we hit 37,000 followers on Instagram, and the website had over one million page views!
We have more improvements planned for 2020!

A lot of hard work goes into maintaining the site, creating the hiking guides, newsletters, and so on, but every email or comment on a YouTube video, hiking post, or Instagram post encourages us to keep going. So thank you for following along, sharing your comments, photos and stories! 

If you enjoy this newsletter and find the hiking guides helpful, please consider becoming an Outdoor Vancouver Patron (and thank to those who have already have signed on or donated privately)! It helps keep Outdoor Vancouver surviving and thriving!

We're looking forward to sharing many more adventures with you in 2020, and wish you a safe and Happy Holidays!

6. Boxing Week Gear Deals

Lots of great deals to be had for Boxing Week!

First, let's start with our Outdoor Vancouver shop, where everything is on sale for 20% off during Boxing Week Dec 26 - Jan 1. Tees, longsleeves, tanks, sweaters, hiking buffs, cushion covers, stickers and prints - check it out!

Everything in the Outdoor Vancouver shop is 20% off! Just use promo code 'boxday20' at checkout.

Explore everything available in store here.

$1 from every shirt sale goes to support the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation here in Vancouver, and helps support us to keep the site going - thank you in advance for any purchases you make!
Columbia Sportswear
  • Up to 30% Off Almost Everything
Mountain Hardwear
  • Up to 65% Off 
  • Use code MHW65OFF 
  • 20% Off Retail Web Orders
Sorel Footwear
  •  20% Off select items
Keen Footwear
  • $10 or 10% off your order
  • Up to 40% Off 300 Brands
  • Includes Arc'teryx, Icebreaker, Fjallraven and more
Backroad Mapbooks
  • Up to 50% off most maps
  • Save up to 50% off.
  • Free 2-Day Shipping on orders over $50
  • Boxing Week Deals on Outdoor Gear
Outdoor Vancouver Shop
  • 20% off everything!
  • Use Code: boxday20
Until next month!
  1. Hiking Upper Myra Falls
  2. Hiking Lady Falls
  3. Hiking Ammonite Falls

  1. The Abby Grind (Abbotsford)
  2. Twin Falls (North Van)
  3. Elk Falls (Campbell River)
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