Did you know? Merritt was known as “Forksdale” before it was incorporated as Merritt on April 1, 1911.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Aug 29, 2019
Edition #79
In this newsletter:
  1. The Top 5 Hikes near Merritt
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Reservations Open For Kees & Claire Hut
  5. Outdoor Vancouver Store Sale

1. Best Hikes in Merritt and the Nicola Valley

Merritt, nestled in the Nicola Valley of the south-central interior of B.C. is home to many fantastic, and sometimes under-appreciated, mountain biking and hiking trails. 

Merritt is accessible from Vancouver as a short road trip, and makes for a great weekend getaway to explore the hiking trails and other outdoor activities like mountain biking and horseback riding. 

There are also many shorter hikes available within Merritt that make for a great way stretch the legs on a long car drive.

In our most recent post we took a look at our top 5 hikes in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. 

Read about the top five hikes in Merritt here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Stawamus Chief claims life of second climber in six weeks. @Global
2. 'It was grating my bones up': B.C. man narrowly survives grizzly attack. @CBC
3. North Shore Rescue sees 'significant' drop in calls after four record-setting years. @City News
4. Long weekend a ‘perfect storm’ for Squamish SAR. @The Chief
5. Unhappy trails, packed parks, crowded campgrounds: Lower Mainland parks are being overrun. @Van Sun
6. Metallica responds to B.C. woman who fended off cougar with band’s music. @Global
7. Volunteer trail builders in Fraser Valley describe provincial crackdown. @CBC
8. Work underway to reopen Squamish gondola. @The Chief
9. West Van to spend $180K rebuilding washed-out bridge on popular hike. @CBC
10. Athlete sets record time on Sunshine Coast Trail. @PR Peak
11. Diver shines light on garbage in Squamish lake. @Chief
12. 'Jumbo is going to stay wild': Court rules that ski resort project needs reassessment. @CBC
13. Why you should bring a paper map, compass on a hike. @CBC
14. Hiker, dog OK after helicopter rescue near Buntzen Lake. @CTV

3. Book of the Month - Backroad Mapbooks: Vancouver, Coast and Mountains

Backroad Mapbooks: Vancouver, Coast and Mountains is a detailed mapbook for outdoor adventures heading to areas near Chilliwack, Greater Vancouver, Lillooet, Manning Park, Powell River, Squamish, the Sunshine Coast, and Whistler. Includes backroad networks and trail systems, along with information on parks, paddling routes, ocean kayaking, hiking routes, winter recreation, and wildlife viewing.

Popular with hikers and off-roaders, this 224 page mapbook can be an invaluable tool for looking to find new, lesser-known gems. 

"Covering the southwestern portion of British Columbia, this Mapbook is your ultimate guide to camping, hiking, fishing, ATVing, hunting, snowmobiling, paddling and wildlife viewing in this incredible region.

From the laid-back communities of the Sunshine Coast to the lush rainforest of Manning Provincial Park, the alpine peaks and glacier-fed lakes of Garibaldi Provincial Park, the winding logging roads around Harrison Lake and beyond, the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is full of outdoor adventure opportunities. But with so much to see and do, getting started can be a challenge – that’s why we have created the most comprehensive and easy-to-use Mapbook available for the region, allowing you to find the outdoor adventure that is just right for you."

Read more about Backroad Mapbooks here.

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

4. Kees and Claire Hut - Now Reservable

"At long last, it is now possible to book nights at the brand new Kees and Claire Hut in the Whistler Backcountry. This incredible, multi-million dollar facility is going to be a tremendous asset for the South Coast mountain community and is the first link in a proposed chain of three huts through the world-class Spearhead Range.

Booking a trip to the hut will provide critical funding to the Spearhead Hut Society, the volunteer group that is working hard to make the vision of a hut chain a reality. Grab some friends for a fall hiking getaway or rally your crew for a powder mission this winter. By reserving now you’ll ensure a visit to the hut in its inaugural year, but more importantly you’ll be making a contribution to this incredibly worthwhile cause."

Learn more about the Kees and Claire Hut here.

5. Labour Day Weekend Sale in the Outdoor Vancouver Shop!

We're offering 20% off to our newsletter subscribers only, for the Labour Day long weekend.

We're clearing out a few styles (including our popular North Shore tee in bamboo) to make room some new fall designs. 

Just use code labourday20 at checkout for 20% off your entire order, valid through Sep 2!
Play safe over the Labour Day long weekend!

Until next month!

Coho Run
Sep 8

Terry Fox Run
Sep 15

Whistler Alpine Meadows
Sep 20 - 22

(View the
full events calendar)
  1. Kentucky Lake Hike
  2. Top 5 Hikes in Merritt
  3. Iron Mountain Hike

  1. Wedgemount Lake (Whistler)
  2. Coliseum Mountain (North Van)
  3. Golden Ears Summit (Maple Ridge)
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