Did you know? In 2006, the Spirit bear was adopted as B.C.’s official mammal.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Jan 28, 2015

Winter Hiking Hollyburn Mountain

Hollyburn Mountain (aka Hollyburn Peak) is one of the most popular winter trails around Vancouver. On a sunny weekend, hundreds of people flock to the trail to get some fresh winter air and soak up the spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains.

The Hollyburn Peak Trail is marked by B.C. Parks and takes you 2.5 km to the end of the Cypress Mountain Nordic ski area and up to an amazing look-out of the city of Vancouver.

See the new hiking guide here.  

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. North Shore Rescue's '10 Ways to Get Yourself Killed this Winter' highlights backcountry mistakes. @CBC
2. Rescue crews help seven stranded hikers off B.C. mountain. @CTV News
3. Blackcomb Peak snowmobile victim was Australian, tour company says. @CBC
4. Backcountry skiers say new rules on Cypress Mountain are out of bounds. @News 1130
5. Sunset hike quickly turns dangerous near Cypress Mountain. @NS News
6. How the New Science of Freezing Can Save Your Life. @Outside
7. Parks Canada to waive entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th. @CBC
8. Snowshoeing in B.C. takes off. @Castanet
9. Best places to go snowshoeing in Vancouver and Whistler. @Vancity Buzz
10. North Vancouver woman gets three years’ probation for trail sabotage. @Van Sun
11. Backcountry huts in the Sea to Sky are approaching capacity. @Whistler Question
12. Video: Riding Whistler's Mountain Bike Trails on a Cyclocross Bike. @Adventure Blog
13. Brackendale bald eagle count lowest in 30-year history. @CBC
14. North Shore Rescue escorts lost hikers off Crown Mountain trail. @CBC
15. B.C. commits $10 million for ground search and rescue teams. @Van Sun

B.C. Hike Chat Survey

#bchikechat is a fun Twitter chat about hiking we hold twice a month with our friends over at VancouverTrails.com. Whether you've joined a chat in the past, or are considering joining an upcoming chat, we're looking to get your feedback and make the chats even better.

The survey only takes 2 minutes, and will help us determine which days and times are best to hold the chats.

Please take the survey here. Thanks!

2016 Events Calendar

The Events Calendar for the year has been updated. If you're looking for any events ranging from film festivals to triathlons and marathons, you can check out the calendar here.

Until next month!


Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Feb 12 - 20, 2016
Pacific Road Runners Half Marathon
Feb 14, 2016
MEC North Van Race ONE
Feb 27, 2016

(Click for full events calendar)


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