Did you know? It is estimated that there are at least 600,000 black bears in North America.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

August 30, 2016
Edition #43

Hiking Mount Gardner on Bowen Island

Any reason to head to Bowen Island for the day is a good one, but there is perhaps no better reason than for a hike to Mount Gardner. A trip up to Mount Gardner gives you a great hike with the bonus of a fun day-trip off the mainland.

The summit of Mount Gardner provides views of Vancouver, the sunshine coast and the Howe Sound islands. The hike is pleasant and can be completed in a loop which is always nice.

We have a brand new guide for this hike - check it out here!

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. The allure and danger of hiking the North Shore. @Georgia Straight
2. Search called off for hiker missing near Chilliwack. @Van Sun
3. Men rescued after setting out on 10-hour hike unprepared. @CTV
4. Paraglider crashes on Woodside Mountain in Agassiz. @Global
5. Vancouver woman who died hiking near Squamish identified. @Van Sun
6. Injured hiker, 3 men with heat exposure evacuated by rescue crews. @CTV
7. Climber who fell 20 m while climbing Chilliwack mtn rescued overnight. @CBC
8. Amazing rescue: Experienced hiker trapped for 3 days on ledge. @CTV
9. Vail Resorts' purchase of Whistler Blackcomb aims to boost makeover. @Globe & Mail
10. Drone video captures epic climb up Canada’s second-largest Douglas-fir. @Global
11. Hike Dog Mountain From Mount Seymour. @Miss 604
12. Climbers conquer the Bugaboo Spire — 1916 style. @CBC

The Bear Necessities

Bears have been in the news this month. A lot.

Early in the month Taryn Eyton wrote an emotional and widely shared article about a bear that was put down in Garibaldi Park titled 'You killed  a bear'.

Then there was an unfortunate attack on a young girl in Coquitlam. As a result, Coquitlam stiffened fines for unsecured garbage. A jogger was scared in North Vancouver. A camper in North Vancouver woke up to a bear outside his tent and filmed it. And a conservation officer is frustrated after having to put down nine bears in a single week in the Revelstoke area.

I'm certainly no bear expert, but I've come across a few, including a mama bear and cub encounter in Burnaby last week. I was interviewed on CKNW to talk about the recent local bear encounters.

The moral of the story - bears are out there. Not to hurt us, but they're out there. We need to do our part to prevent them from becoming habituated to us, and to minimize the risk that they become startled by our presence. Please check out the following resources and brush up on bear safety:
  1. Outdoor Vancouver's page on bear safety
  2. Wildsafebc.com - you can sign up for sighting alerts in your neighborhood (WARP)
  3. Bearsmart.com

Current Deals

With the transition from the summer season to fall season, there's a few good deals out right now...
  • Under Armour Canada - Free shipping on all T shirts, Shorts and Shoes
  • Cabela's Great Fall Outdoor Days - Free shipping on orders over $99
  • ENO DoubleNest Hammock Giveaway  - We are currently giving away an Eagles Nest Outfitters hammock. But you need to hurry, today is the last day to enter. 

Campfire Ban

There's only a few good weekends of summer camping left, so I hope everyone is out there taking advantage.... but please be aware there is a campfire ban currently in effect on the B.C. coast. The latest info is here.

Until next month!


RBC Granfondo Whistler
September 10, 2016
Frosty Mountain Trail Race
September 17, 2016
Terry Fox Run Vancouver
September 18, 2016

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. ENO DoubleNest Hammock Review and Giveaway
  2. 14 Incredible Overnight Hikes around Vancouver
  3. Mount Gardner Hike on Bowen Island


  1. Black Tusk (Whistler)
  2. Crown Mountain (North Vancouver)
  3. Fromme Mountain (North Vancouver)
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