Did you know? Callaghan Lake Provincial Park receives an average snow pack of 275 centimetres, which may yield 150 days of skiing

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Dec 30, 2015

Closing out 2015

2015 was a busy year for Outdoor Vancouver. We focused on the hiking guides which are available on the website - both revising the existing guides with fresh descriptions, videos and photos, and also publishing guides for new trails. We also launched #bchikechat in partnership with VancouverTrails.com. It was a record year for traffic to the website and we've received more emails, tweets, and Facebook and Instagram likes over the past 365 days than we can count.

Here's a look at 2015 by the numbers: Thank you all for making 2015 a great year. In 2016, we're going to continue to focus on publishing a lot of great new hiking trail guides. We're looking forward to 2016 and hope it's a great year of exploring the outdoors for you and your families!

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Lost hikers on Diez Vistas trail. @Coquitlam SAR
2. North Shore Search and Rescue find lost backcountry skier. @The Province
3. Two people rescued on Dog Mountain by North Shore Rescue. @Global News
4. Lost skier finds refuge at emergency cache near Cypress. @CBC News
5. SFU avalanche research chair takes novel approach to backcountry safety. @Times Colonist
6. North Shore Rescue adds infrared search technology to life-saving arsenal. @Vancity Buzz
7. Province to decide on renaming Seymour second peak to Tim Jones Peak. @NS News
8. 3 Off-the-Beaten-Path Hot Springs Around Whistler. @Explore BC
9. Outdoor tips for winter hiking and camping enthusiasts. @CBC News
10. Take a Hike in the Tri-Cities Over the Winter Break. @The V3H
11. In Nanaimo, snorkelling with seals is an option even in winter. @CTV News

Run Wild Vancouver Calendars

A group of local trail runners have created a fantastic 2016 calendar which features photos of Vancouver's local mountains. This volunteer effort has all proceeds going directly to North Shore Rescue, so you can grab a sweet calendar and score some karma points at the same time. The North Shore News has a nice write-up about the calendar.

You can grab your copy from few local stores like MEC, North Shore Athletics, Vancouver Running Co, Distance Run Wear and Salomon West Van.

Check out the website here: http://runwildvan.com/

Boxing Week Deals

There are still some good Boxing Week deals to take advantage of:

1) Live Out There. Up to 50% off sitewide - free shipping in Canada. See the deals here.

2) Columbia Sportswear Canada. 25% off everything! Shipping is a flat $7. See the deals here.

3) Under Armour. 25% of All Outerwear campaign and 25% Off Select ColdGear Baselayer. Free shipping on orders over $49. See the deals here.

All deals are live until Jan 1!

A Stay at the Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Country

To say there's a bit of snow in the Callaghan Valley (near Whistler) right now would be an understatement. Two weeks ago I had the chance to stay at the amazing Journeyman Lodge tucked away into the Callaghan backcountry. Check out the video and review of my experience here: 


Have a safe and fun New Years!

Until next month!

PS - Also hoping everyone is safe after our little earthquake last night! A good reminder to get an emergency kit prepared.


Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50
Jan 1, 2016
Yeti Set Go
Jan 16, 2016
Steveston Ice Breaker 8K
Dec 13, 2015

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. A Stay at the Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Country
  2. Gear Review: DU/ER “No Sweat” Pants
  3. Gear Review: Zackees Cycling Gloves


  1. Rice Lake (easy)
  2. Kennedy Falls (moderate)
  3. Quarry Rock (moderate)
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