Did you know? Big changes are coming to B.C. Parks' camping reservations system next year.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

November 25, 2016
Edition #46

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Gear Deals

The great thing about American Thanksgiving is that we get to enjoy some great deals here north of the border. Here's a comprehensive list of great outdoor gear on sale in Canada this week. All the sales are live to, except Cabela's which starts Friday. 
  • Live Out There has a Black Friday Sale going all week. Save up to 50%
  • Columbia Sportswear has a Black Friday Sale all week. Outerwear, Gear, Apparel, and more. Gear is 25% off.
  • Cabela's has a Black Friday Sale and also a $2,000 sweepstakes.
  • Under Armour has fleece, hoodies, cold gear and more for free shipping and 25% off.
  • Backroad Mapbooks has Garmin Licensed GPS Maps for 20% off. Get a free Topo map with orders over $200 and get free shipping with code BRMBFREESHIP

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. North Shore Rescue saves lost hikers from a cold night on Mount Seymour. @CBC
2. Rescuers brave dark, soggy night to save unprepared hiker. @CTV
3. Seymour trail users given OK to access CMHC land. @CBC
4. Who Closed the North Shore? @Adventure Journal
5. 20 Epic Hiking Spots in Southern B.C. @Matador
6. Cypress Resort changes hands; bids on Grouse coming in. @Global
7. $17.7 million park trail would connect Ucluelet and Tofino. @Van Sun
8. Black bear sow caught on camera catching fish in Coquitlam. @Van Sun
9. Run Wild Calendars Benefiting Search and Rescue Released. @Run Wild Van
10. Backcountry hikes in Lynn Headwaters are closed for the season. @Metro Van
11. Grouse Grind Seasonal Closure in Effect. @Metro Van

Hiking Mystery Lake and Dog Mountain

Two great hikes were added to the site this month - both on Mount Seymour. 

The first is Mystery Lake. Mystery Lake is one of the best summertime swimming holes around. Mystery Lake is a scenic spot, easily accessible, and a worthy destination even if you prefer to stay dry. The shore around the lake is great for relaxing and having a picnic.

The second is Dog Mountain. The views from Dog Mountain are spectacular. Mount Baker, the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, Stanley Park and the Strait of Georgia are all prominently on display.

The snow has started falling so you'll want to save Mystery Lake for next year, but Dog Mountain can be snowshoed. Check out the guide for Mystery Lake here. Check out the guide for Dog Mountain here.

Changes to B.C. Parks Reservations

This month, B.C. Parks announced some changes to its camping reservation system. The changes come in response to complaints of unfair booking practices being used, and to help deal with the 'opening day' website crash each year. 

In short, B.C. Parks:
  • Is eliminating “opening day” for reservations and extending the rolling reservation window 3 to 4 months
  • Has new policy to prevent the reselling and/or transferring of reservations
  • Has a restricted booking policy to stop the practice of “overbooking”
There are other changes as well. See all the updates here so you're prepared for next year. 

Until next month!


Santa Shuffle
December 3, 2016
Banff Mountain Film Fest
December 2-3, 2016
Vancouver Int'l Film Fest
Nov 22 - 25, 2016

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  2. Mystery Lake Hike in North Van
  3. Dog Mountain Hike in North Van


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  2. Mount Gardner (Bowen Island)
  3. Lighthouse Park (West Vancouver)
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