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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

March 31, 2021
Edition #98
In this newsletter:
  1. The Best Rainy Day Hikes around Vancouver
  2. Outdoor News
  3. The Sugar Mountain Loop Hike
  4. Book of the Month

1. The Best Rainy Day Hikes around Vancouver

Living on the wet coast, we have to embrace the rain. Much of British Columbia is, after all, a coastal temperate rainforest. In fact, nearly a quarter of the world’s remaining temperate rainforest is in B.C. 

While this can make the non-summer months dark and dreary, the rain doesn’t have to be a deterrent from getting out and enjoying hiking. Many Vancouver hikes are actually enhanced by the misty atmosphere of a dense west coast forest.  

So what makes for a good rainy day hike? We like to do hikes at a lower elevation, that loop through a scenic forest, or lead to a waterfall. There’s not much point in hiking to an epic viewpoint only to reach a view of endless…white clouds and fog. Those hikes are best saved for clear days, or days with high cloud cover. 

See the list of our 16 favorite rainy day hikes here!

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Stranded hikers rescued near Capilano suspension bridge after evading a bear. @CTV
2. Squamish crews rescue a man who fell from Stawamus Chief. @Pique
3. Skier stuck in Suicide Gully walks out with help of NS Rescue. @CTV
4. B.C. man survives shattering pelvis in backcountry. @News1130
5. Missing skier, snowboarder rescued by heli after night in backcountry. @CTV
6. North Shore Rescue deploys new tech in high-stakes call. @NS News
7. North Shore Rescue says COVID-19 pandemic driving increase in call-outs. @CTV
8. Squamish SAR record first calls of spring break season. @Chief
9. Unwanted visitors leaving trash, vandalizing equipment at Sloquet Hot Springs. @CBC
10. West Van officials concerned with people using popular trail following landslide. @Global
11. Bystanders save man who slipped into Lynn Canyon water. @Global
12. Two cougars killed in Port Moody, Anmore following string of attacks. @Tricity News
13. Joffre Lakes visitor-use strategy aims to tackle popularity problem. @Pique
14. Campers rush to book B.C. campsites as online reservations open. @CBC
15. West Coast Trail to reopen in June for Canadian hikers only. @CTV
16. Seasonal pay parking at Lynn Headwaters starts next week. @NS News
17. Funding Announced for new section of Lakeside Trail at Cultus Lake. @Progress  

3. Hiking the Sugar Mountain Loop

The Sugar Mountain Loop is a peaceful, short hike in Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody. The Sugar Mountain Trail lies between Sasamat and Buntzen Lakes. The loop is rated as moderate but is likely on the easier side of moderate. The trail should be doable by most children who can handle the distance, making it a nice option for families.

The hike starts at the parking area for White Pine Beach. Because of this, parking can be a challenge during the summer months when the area is busy with beach-goers. As such, we recommend saving this hike for the spring or fall.

Read the full Sugar Mountain Trail guide here.

4. Book of the Month - On Trails: An Exploration

On Trails is a little different than the typical book we highlight in this newsletter. But it should appeal to anyone who enjoys spending time on hiking trails, and particularly to backpackers. On Trails takes a historical and philosophical look into what exactly trails are, and how they come to be. On Trails is a New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

"On Trails is a wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world—from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet.

While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing.

Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic—the oft-overlooked trail—sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity’s relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life?"

Read more about the book here.

We compile the books we feature every month in our Book Store.
Until next time!
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  2. Gold Creek Falls (Maple Ridge)
  3. Sawblade Falls (Coquitlam)
  1. Hiking Sugar Mountain
  2. Snowshoeing Black Mountain
  3. Snowshoeing Bowen Lookout
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