Did you know? Lynn Valley, North Vancouver reportedly once contained the tallest trees on Earth.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Jan 29, 2015

A Hiking Guide to Kennedy Falls and Big Cedar Trail

The hike to Kennedy Creek Falls in North Vancouver has several key selling points. First, it’s an unknown spot and you can avoid crowds. Second, you have several options about the route you take. And third, it features two incredible landmarks. The first landmark is a 600+ year old red cedar that is the only old-growth tree in Lynn Valley to escape having been clear-cut. At 4 meters wide, it’s arguably the most spectacular tree you can find anywhere around Vancouver. The second landmark is Kennedy Falls itself, seeing the impressive torrent of water coming down from Kennedy Lake towards Lynn Creek as it cascades down.

This hike is doable year-round. Read the full trail report here!

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Search called off for hiker missing for weeks on Vancouver’s North Shore. @News1130
2. Lions Bay hiking trail renamed in honour of 7-year-old girl who died in accident. @Global News
3. Joffre Peak victims remembered after tragic plunge. @The Province
4. Rescue of Hiker and Dog at Buntzen Lake. @Coquitlam SAR
5. Missing snowboarder Julie Abrahamsen found alive near Whistler Blackcomb. @Global News
6. Hiker tells Chilliwack Search & Rescue “thank you for saving my life”. @Global News
7. Chilliwack Search and Rescue just had their busiest year ever. @The Progress
8. North Shore Rescue celebrates its 50th anniversary of saving lives in the mountains. @NS News
9. RCMP near Vancouver get reports of a man hiking naked in woods. @Digital Journal
10. Island runner airlifted after relying on Google Maps. @CBC News
11. B.C. hiking camping fees in provincial parks. @CTV News
12. Pacific Spririt: B.C. residents gain spiritual benefits from being outdoors. @Van Courier
13. Squamish makes NY Times list of 52 places to go. @CBC News
14. Controversial Vancouver bike lane seems to be effective. @Globe & Mail
15. Vandal accused of setting traps for N. Van mountain bikers. @Vancouver Sun
16. Mountain bike vs hiker: The other war in the woods. @CBC News
17. Get your snowshoe on this winter. @Inside Vancouver
18. Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours. @Miss 604
19. Former UBC students nearly finished 8 month hike. @Vancouver Sun
20. Inversion Photos from Grouse Mountain. @Miss 604

Join us for #bchikechat on Twitter!

I'm really excited about this piece of news. Moderated by @outdoorvan and @vancouvertrails, #bchikechat is a brand spankin' new Q&A Twitter chat about hiking in British Columbia that will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at 9 pm PST (the time may change slightly, but for sure it will be Sunday evenings). The first chat will be on February 15th, 2015 and we'll be giving away two Vancouver Trails water bottles.

What is a Twitter chat you ask? A Twitter chat is simply a group of Twitter users meeting at a pre-determined time to talk about certain topic (like hiking in B.C.!), using a specific hashtag (like #bchikechat!). A moderator (like @outdoorvan and @vancouvertrails!) tweets out questions  and all the participants respond.

Learn about the new chat and how you can participate here! 


Elfin Lakes Hiking Guide and CBC Interview

There are two other articles I wanted to share this month:

The first is a new hiking guide I've posted for the Elfin Lakes trail. The trail is currently under snow, but its one to put on your summer to do list (and in the meantime you can see the guide for the Elfin Lakes winter route). See the summer guide here.

The second article is a quick one on some thoughts I had on hiking safety in light of the recent search for missing hiker Liang Jin. CBC News Vancouver  invited me into their studio to talk about the Hanes Valley trail, where it is suspected Liang may have been hiking. You can see that video and the article here.

Promo Code for VIMFF

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is fast approaching (Feb 13th to 21st). As always, the program looks amazing. This year the festival is opening with a night dedicated to the North Shore: a special film and presentation by North Shore Search & Rescue followed by the World Premiere of 'The Hand of Franklin'.

I haven't had time to put a post up on the website yet, but if you're planning on going to any of the shows I have a promo code to share where you can save a few bucks on tickets. Keep your eyes posted on the website next week, or just reply to this email and I'll send you the code directly.

Until next month!


Vancouver International Film Festival
Feb 13 - 21, 2015
Pacific Road Runners First Half
Feb 15, 2015
Fort Langley Historic Half
Feb 22, 2015

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Hiking Elfin Lakes Trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park
  2. Talking about the Hanes Valley Trail on CBC
  3. Hiking Big Cedar Trail and Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver


  1. Elfin Lakes Winter Trail Snowshoe and Ski Guide
  2. The Snowshoe Grouse Grind in North Vancouver
  3. Gear Review: Kahtoola MICROspikes
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