Did you know? The first recorded climb of the West Lion was in 1889, when Squamish First Nations Chief Joe Capilano guided a hunting group there.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Sep 30, 2018
Edition #68

In this newsletter:
  1. The Lions Hike
  2. Outdoor News
  3. 109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland
  4. Seton Lake Lookout
  5. Current Gear Deals


The Lions Hike in West Vancouver

The Lions are an iconic natural landmark in Vancouver, easily spotted from many parts of the city. A hike to the Lions provides one of the most scenic vantage points of any hike around Vancouver.

Also known as the Two Sisters, these twin peaks are so prominent from the city, they have inspired the naming of the Lions Gate Bridge, the town of Lions Bay, and the B.C. Lions football team.

However, the hike to The Lions is one of the more challenging ones around. The terrain is steep, difficult, and snow persists well into the summer. This is not a hike for beginners.

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. North Shore rescuers spend night on Crown Mountain after saving hiker. @CBC
2. Hikers rescued after accidentally climbing North Shore mountain. @CBC
3. Two female hikers missing near Lions Bay walk out of woods to safety. @The Province
4. North Shore Rescue called to West Coast Trail to help injured hiker. @NS News
5. Slip on Baden Powell trail ends in rope rescue. @NS News
6. Whistler hikers run-in with grizzly last week prompts additional trail closures. @Pique
7. Public warning issued after bear chases jogger on North Vancouver park trail. @NS News
8. Coquitlam man head-butted by bear. @Tri City News
9. Backlash over elimination of Golden Ears Park’s first-come, first-served campsites. @Global
10. Amplified music no longer allowed on Grouse Grind. @Pique
11. Local leaders weigh in on booking proposal for Joffre Lakes. @Squamish Chief
12. Gondola floated for mountains above Bridal Falls. @Van Sun
13. Survey finds growing disconnect between Canadians and nature. @CTV


Book of the Month:
109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland

With the cooler air signaling the end of the summer hiking season, 109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland is a handy book to have at the ready.

As rain settles in at sea level, and snow blankets the mountains, this book is full of great walks that are accessible year-round.

"From trails to spectacular waterfalls near Squamish and historic urban forests in South Surrey, coastal headlands in Howe Sound and ridgetop meadows in the Fraser Valley, 109 Walks offers a route for everyone who likes to be outdoors."

Every walk in the book can be completed in four hours or less and is full of great rainy-day ideas.

If you're looking for walks that are enjoyable in any weather, its worth checking out 109 Walks in B.C's Lower Mainland.

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



Seton Lake Lookout

The Seton Lake Lookout, in Lillooet, is a popular spot to stop by and grab a photo of the U-shaped Duffy Lake Road.

The drive to Lillooet along the Duffy Lake Road is stunning and makes for a fun road trip. The viewpoint over the Duffy Lake Road, and of (a tiny portion of) Seton Lake, is also stunning. But, as a hike in itself, a trip to the Seton Lake Viewpoint probably isn’t worth driving all the way from Vancouver to tackle. It’s a quick walk to reach the lookout and doesn’t really pass the bar of being called a ‘hike’.

That said, if you are camping any of the nearby campsites, or happen to be driving by, then it’s absolutely worth a quick stop to soak in the view from the lookout.

Read the full guide for Seton Lake Lookout here.

Current Gear Deals

Here are the gear deals going on this week:

Columbia Sportswear
  • Back to school deals still going.
Mountain Hardwear
  • Up To 60% Off Past Seasons Styles
  • Up to 65% Off Select Womens Sandals, Boots, Apparel, and more!
  • Use Code: SORAFF65
Until next month!


MEC Vancouver: TRAIL Race SIX
Oct 6
GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon
Oct 7
Whistler 50
Oct 13

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Mount Elphinstone Summit Hike in Gibsons
  2. The Lions Hike from the Lions-Binkert Trail
  3. Peak Design Travel Line 45L Backpack


  1. Mount Strachan (West Vancouver)
  2. Ladner Creek Trestle (Hope)
  3. Swan Falls (Anmore)
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