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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

November 26, 2020
Edition #94
In this newsletter:
  1. Outdoor Vancouver Sale!
  2. Outdoor News
  3. North Shore Search & Rescue TV Series
  4. Hiking Mount Thom
  5. Book of the Month
  6. Black Friday Gear Deals

1. Outdoor Vancouver Apparel on Sale!

Everything in the Outdoor Vancouver store is 20% off for Black Friday! Just in time for the release of our brand new West Coast Best Coast design, which is now available in super-soft tri-blend cotton tees and longsleeves (and also available on toques and stickers). 

Also available in our web-shop: T-shirts, sweaters, longsleeves, tank tops, beanies, neck gaiters, stickers, prints, and cushion covers.

Browse the store now and see if there's something for yourself or for someone on your holiday shopping list.

Just use code 'blackfriday20' for 20% off your order!
$1 from every shirt sale goes to support the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation here in Vancouver, and helps support us to keep the site going - thank you in advance for any purchases you make!

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. North Shore Search and Rescue TV Series

If you haven't already heard, the Knowledge Network released a docu-series profiling North Shore Search and Rescue

The 5-part series follows NS SAR on various callouts and features some incredible footage. The entire series is extremely well done, entertaining, and eye-opening to just how much blood, sweat and tears these volunteers put in.

To capture the footage and tell these amazing stories, Knowledge Network crews were on call 24 hours a day over the course of an entire year to be embedded with the team.

A few news articles about the series can be read here. The series is available for streaming online for free. You just need to create an account with Knowledge Network, which you can do here. A new episode is released every Tuesday, and 3 episodes are already available for viewing. 

Highly recommended watching for anyone who plays in the backcountry!

4. Hiking Mount Thom in Chilliwack

We posted one new trail guide to the website in November - Mount Thom.

Mount Thom summit is a popular hike in the Promontory neighborhood of Chilliwack. 

The hike is relatively short but provides plenty of elevation gain and a good workout. This makes Mt. Thom a popular destination for locals who want to get into nature and work up a sweat, without doing a full-day hike. 

Read the full Mount Thom trail guide here

5. Book of the Month - Paradise Won


Paradise Won: The Struggle to Create Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve was originally published in 1990 and was updated and re-released in October of this year. The book tells the story of the 12-year battle to stop logging in “Canada’s Galapagos" and the creation of a national park.

"Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve is located in the southernmost part of Haida Gwaii, 130 kilometres off the mainland of British Columbia. Gwaii Haanas protects an archipelago of 138 islands in the territory of the Haida people, who have lived in Haida Gwaii for well over 14,000 years.

From the 1970s through the early 1980s, plans to expand logging in the area led to the first concerted efforts to protect Gwaii Haanas and – in 1985 – the Haida Nation created the “Haida Heritage Site.” In spite of efforts to protect the landscape, logging continued and resulted in a prolonged legal and political battle. In 1987, logging finally ended when the governments of Canada and British Columbia signed the South Moresby Memorandum of Understanding, which safeguarded the area and permitted shared stewardship, treating the unique marine and terrestrial environments as though they were a national park, though many land claims were still outstanding.

This updated edition of Paradise Won includes a new foreword by the author and will bring back into focus this remarkable story of the power and importance of Indigenous rights and how activism can spur average citizens to action in order to fight climate change and protect fragile ecosystems everywhere."

Read more about the book here.

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

6. Current Gear Deals

Lots of great deals to be had for Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

Altitude Sports
  • Get up to 35% off on over 250 brands! Get free shipping on orders over $49+!
  • Valid 11/23 - 11/30
Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Up to 60% Off select brands!
  • Valid 11/23 - 11/30
Columbia Sportswear
  • Almost Everything on Sale, 50% off Doorcrashers, Free Shipping on Orders $200+ (no code needed).
  • Valid 11/24 - 12/1
Sorel Footwear
  • Up to 25% off Almost Everything, Exclusions Apply.
  • Valid 11/22 - 11/29
Mountain Warehouse
  • Up to 50% off!
Outdoor Vancouver Shop
  • Don't forget, we have 20% off everything with code 'blackfriday20'!
  • Valid until Nov 30
Until next time!
  1. Dog Mountain Snowshoe (North Van)
  2. Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe (North Van)
  3. Hiking High Knoll (Coquitlam)
  1. Hiking Mount Thom
  2. Hiking Rainbow Lake
  3. Hiking Mount MacFarlane
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