Did you know? Avalanches can travel up to 90 km/h.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Dec 27, 2018
Edition #71

In this newsletter:
  1. Pender Hill
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Boxing Week Gear Deals
  5. 2018 in Review


New Hiking Guide - Pender Hill

Pender Hill is a short hike on the Sunshine Coast that leads to a beautiful lookout over Pender Harbour and the Malaspina Strait. It is one of the most recommended hikes on the Sunshine Coast.

From the lookout, you can see the surrounding mountains, the ocean, and watch seaplanes taking off and landing.

It is a quick hike, yet steep enough to get the heart rate going. The views are magnificent, and the entire hike can be completed in around an hour – making it a terrific option for a quick but rewarding outing.

Read the full guide for Pender Hill here.

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Skier's rescue from B.C. mountain highlights dangers of backcountry, tree wells. @CBC
2. Cougar attacks two-year-old boy in Cascade Falls Regional Park. @Van Sun
3. North Shore Rescue expected to break call-out record by year’s end. @Global
4. Massive, unexplored ‘cave of national significance’ discovered in B.C. park. @Global
5. It just got a little harder to get lost on Mt. Gardner. @BI Undercurrent
6. World's largest gathering of eagles begins in Fraser Valley. @CBC
7. World’s first digital mountain assistant launches at Whistler. @Mobile Syrup
8. B.C. angler 'overwhelmed' at winning lake access case. @Van Sun
9. Van Islanders debate publicizing hiking locations. @Peninsula News
10. Van Island mountain biker’s ‘death-defying’ stunt goes viral. @Global
11. Ryan Reynolds tapped for voiceover on rainforest documentary. @Times Colonist
12. Seymour River Suspension Bridge officially opens in North Van. @Van Courier


Book of the Month:
Backcountry Avalanche Safety

It's officially winter, and with a break for the holidays, it's the perfect time to get into the mountains and into the snow (of course with the proper safety considerations). 

Snowshoe Trails in Southwestern B.C. will help you do just that. 

"Snowshoe Trails in Southwestern British Columbia offers readers information on over 35 routes. Ranging from short strolls to day-long treks, the trails have trouble-free access and the authors use winter landmarks, estimated times and general distances to help users find their way. Information about safety considerations, selection of clothing and equipment, stretching exercises, snowshoeing with children and advice on practical snowshoeing techniques are also included.

Along with colour photos, maps and detailed route descriptions users will appreciate the authors’ inclusion of historical details and natural history found along the trails."

Read more about Avalanche Safety Training book here.

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


Boxing Week Gear Deals

Lots of great deals to be had for Boxing Week!

First, let's start with our Outdoor Vancouver shop, where everything is on sale for 20% off during Boxing Week Dec 26 - Jan 1. Tees, longsleeves, tanks, sweaters, buffs and prints - check it out!

Everything in the Outdoor Vancouver shop is 20% off! Just use promo code 'boxday20' at checkout.

Check out everything available in store here.

$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!

And here's a roundup of other Boxing Week deals from Canadian online retailers around the web:

Columbia Sportswear
  • 25% Off Select Gear
Sorel Footwear
  • 25% Off Select Styles
Altitude Sports
  • Up To 40% Off The North Face, Arc'teryx, Salomon, Sorel, Icebreaker, Burton, and many more!
Backroad Mapbooks
  • Up to 25% off most maps
  • Boxing Day Deals on Outdoor Gear
  • I haven't used this myself, but does anyone have the Amazon Internal Frame 75L Hiking Backpack? Only $66?!


2018 in Review

Another year in the books! And it was a busy one. This year:
  • We published 16 new hiking guides (bringing our total up to 84. We plan to hit over 100 next year!) 
  • We partnered with Outtt to start making our guides available in their awesome mobile app (currently 10 guides available, and we hope to add more)
  • We launched our web-shop to create some fun, locally inspired clothing, and to help raise funds for Take a Hike Foundation. Watch out for more clothing styles and unique artwork coming soon and throughout 2019!
  • This newsletter list grew to over 6,500 subscribers, we hit 30,000 followers on Instagram, and the website had over 1,000,000 page views for the first time!
A lot of hard work goes into maintaining the site, creating the hiking guides, newsletters, and so on, but every comment on a YouTube video, hiking post, Instagram post, etc, encourages us to keep going. So thank you for following along, sharing your comments, photos and feedback!

We're looking forward to sharing many more adventures in 2019, and wish you a Happy Holidays!



Hypothermic Half Marathon
Jan 20
MEC Greater Vancouver Road Race ONE
Jan 26
Chilly Chase
Jan 27

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Whistler Train Wreck Hike
  2. Whyte Lake Hike in West Vancouver
  3. Pender Hill Hike on the Sunshine Coast


  1. Admiralty Point (Belcarra)
  2. Kanaka Creek (Maple Ridge)
  3. Dog Mountain Snowshoe (North Van)
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