Did you know? Avalanches can reach a speed of 125 kph within about 5 seconds.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Feb 25, 2016

Hiking Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is an iconic landmark along the Sea to Sky Highway, and one of the most spectacular falls around. It is located just 20 minutes south of Whistler. As the hike is only 1 km, a trip to Brandywine Falls is the perfect detour for anyone travelling between Whistler and Squamish.

A guide for Brandywine Falls has been added to the site with photos and video. The story of how the waterfall received its name is also pretty funny.

Check out the Brandywine Falls hiking guide here.  

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Out-of-bounds adventure ends in tragedy on Cypress Mountain. @NS News
2. NS Rescue find Mt. Strachan hiker, dog in 'good health'. @CBC
3. 7 stranded hikers rescued from closed trail near Grouse Mountain. @CBC
4. Squamish SAR receives three rescue calls in one day. @The Chief
5. Boy's fall from Whistler chairlift captured on video. @CBC
6. Vancouver's North Shore gets a new extreme sport (Video). @Vancity Buzz
7. BC Parks camp fees going up again this year. @News 1130
8. Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort gets environmental approval. @CBC
9. Port Coquitlam staff issue advisory after multiple sightings of bobcat. @Tri-city News
10. Chill Out: Tackle the Grind this winter in snowshoes. @Georgia Straight
11. Blasting proposed for Seymour rock slide. @NS News
12. Vancouver wildlife biodiversity strategy approved. @CBC

A bad month for avalanches

There were a number of avalanches in the news this month.  A woman skiing in the backcountry near Pemberton was knocked unconscious and buried. Fortunately, she was quickly dug out and survived. On Feb 20, a snowmobiler from Calgary was killed in an avalanche near Golden. The next day, 13 skiers were struck by an avalanche in the same area. 

Despite this bad news, a new report shows that avalanche deaths are on the decline across Canada. This is encouraging, considering the number of backcountry users has been increasing each year. 

This month, North Shore Rescue also established an 'automatic weather reporting station' which will help provide valuable intel on weather conditions and avalanche risk in the area. 

If you're heading into the backcountry at all during the winter, make sure you are brushed up on your avalanche safety, which should include taking an AST-1 course. There are a number of avalanche safety resources compiled on the website.

Until next month!


West Van Run
Mar 5 - 6, 2016
The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
Mar 12 - 16, 2016
Cap Crusher Trail Race
Mar 20, 2016

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Brandywine Falls Hike near Whistler
  2. Gear Review: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
  3. Hollyburn Mountain Snowshoe Trail


  1. Kennedy Falls (North Van)
  2. Norvan Falls (North Van)
  3. Skookumchuck Narrows (Sunshine Coast)
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