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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

March 25, 2020
Edition #86
In this newsletter:
  1. Hiking around Vancouver during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. Outdoor News
  3. 16 Best Dog Hikes: The Ultimutt Guide to Hiking with Dogs
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Hiking Burnaby Mountain
  6. 14 Best Spring Hikes
  7. Current Gear Deals

1. Trail Closures & Hiking during the COVID-19 Pandemic

With British Columbians being asked to isolate as much as possible in the face of COVID-19, there have been conflicting messages about getting outdoors.  

On the one hand, there is a viewpoint that no one should go outside unless absolutely necessary. Whistler Search and Rescue recently made an appeal to ban all backcountry recreation.

On the other hand, getting outside in nature can be an important release valve to de-stress and can play an important role in our physical and mental wellbeing. 

Some doctors have encouraged people to get into nature during this time, and with many businesses being shut down, it seems that more people may be flocking onto the trails. Michael Coyle, Search and Rescue Manager at Coquitlam SAR, had a thoughtful post about this on Reddit.

"As the closures and the lockdown goes on, we will need something for people to do for their physical and mental well being. 

Hiking will be a very valuable safety valve.

We’ve put down our thoughts, compiled the latest best-practices for hiking during the COVID-19 pandemic, and listed all the current park and trail closures in one place. Buntzen Lake, Quarry Rock, The Chief, BC Parks, and many other parks and trails are closed so be sure to check the list if you plan to head out anywhere.

Read the post here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. The Ultimutt Guide to Hiking with Dogs around Vancouver

Dogs and hiking, a match made in heaven. There’s no better way to spend a day with your pet pooch than out on the trails. To help you get outside, we’ve compiled this list of our favorite dog-friendly trails around Vancouver. This guide offers some practical dog-hiking in-fur-mation so your hike lives up to its full pet-tential.

Our new guide isn’t a complete list of all the dog-friendly hikes around Vancouver, but it’s a collection of our 16 favorites. Included are practical dog-hiking tips and links to all the off-leash dog parks in the local cities.

See the full list of hikes here.

4. Book of the Month - Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs

Speaking of dogs, if you're going to be getting a dog any time soon, Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs is a great resource.

This short book covers what to look for in a dog when picking a hiking companion. Once you've chosen your puppy, this book covers introducing them and acclimatizing them to the trails. 

The book also covers all the basics of hiking with dogs. Training your dog,  preparation, selecting gear, trail etiquette and even first aid for dogs are all areas covered in this book.

"Backpacker magazine's Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs highlights the benefits of enjoying the great outdoors with your dog. Learn how to choose, train, condition, and care for your canine hiking companion and plan outdoor trail excursions and overnighters. Included is information on selecting a trail dog, training tips and tools, trail etiquette, and first aid and preventive care."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Hiking Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby Mountain is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination, boasting a large network of trails. With its summit at 366 m elevation, Burnaby Mountain offers great views of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, the Indian Arm, and the Burrard Inlet.

The Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, which surrounds the Simon Fraser University campus, has 28 kilometres of hiking trails to explore. With many different trails, a hike at Burnaby Mountain can be adapted for any age group or fitness level. For this reason, it’s a popular place for families.

Burnaby Mountain is also home to wildlife, including deer, owls, coyotes, eagles and even the occasional black bear.

Read the full guide here and see our video overview of the trail on YouTube.

6. 14 Best Spring Hikes

Spring is officially here. Panoramic lookouts, waterfalls, canyons, and forests can all be explored at elevations below the snow-line. We’ve compiled a list of great spring hikes near Vancouver to get you started.

Note: We put together this list last spring, so some of the hikes like The Chief and Quarry Rock are currently closed. See our post on trail closures before heading out

See our 14 favorite spring hikes here.

7. Gear Deal at Mountain Hardwear

We're aware of one nice deal currently going on until April 4. Mountain Hardwear is offering 65% off regular priced orders placed on their site with code MHWSPRING.

Browse here.
We hope you and your family are staying safe and sound during these difficult times. 

And we hope that even if we need to isolate and can't do some of the hikes mentioned in this newsletter at this time, that we will soon be able to explore more freely once again.

  1. Rice Lake (North Van)
  2. 14 Best Spring Hikes
  3. Coquitlam Crunch (Coquitlam)
  1. Hiking Burnaby Mountain
  2. The Ultimutt Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Vancouver
  3. Trail Closures & Hiking during COVID-19
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