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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

September 29, 2016
Edition #44

Hiking Gold Creek Falls in Golden Ears

Gold Creek Falls, reached by the Lower Falls Trail, is a popular hike in Golden Ears Provincial Park which leads to a massive waterfall. Gold Creek Falls is a great hike for those camping in the park or visiting Alouette Lake. It is a popular pick for those seeking an enjoyable and relaxing hike.

The trail is wide and groomed the entire way to the waterfall. With minimal elevation gain, this is an easy hike, perfect for beginner hikers and children. 

We have a brand new guide for this hike - check it out here!

(Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Lifeline: Search & rescue crews vigilant to try to educate us. @Pique
2. Lost hiker rescued after night on North Shore trail. @CBC
3. Grouse Mountain resort near Vancouver to be sold. @Globe & Mail
4. Meet the two men who built the Grouse Grind. @Global
5. Is social media ruining hiking in B.C.?. @CBC
6. Adam Campbell’s recollection of near-death climbing accident. @Cdn Running
7. Top 5 Hikes (to Rescue People From). @NS SAR
8. 23 beautiful fall hikes to do near Vancouver. @DailyHive
9. 24,000 Kilometers: ‘Trans Canada Trail’ Longest In World. @Gear Junkie
10. Hikers document disrepair in B.C. Parks. @Metro

5 Great Fall Hikes

Many people consider the fall the best time of year to hike. The trails are less busy, the bugs are gone, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing color. And if you're lucky, you can still do some big peaks before the snow starts falling.  Here are 5 great hikes to carry you into the winter:
  1. Norvan Falls (North Van) - The trail to Norvan Falls runs parallel to Lynn Creek and is relatively flat. It is also accessible for most, if not all of the year, making it a great hike for the months where other trails at higher elevations are buried in snow.
  2. Cypress Falls (West Van) -  A walk through the trails of Cypress Falls Park takes you amongst some of the biggest trees you can find on the North Shore. 
  3. Diez Vistas (Anmore) - The Sendero Diez Vistas Trail, will take you on a challenging trek all the way around Buntzen Lake. In addition to the scenery of the lake, there are ten breathtaking views provided along the ridge of the trail looking overlooking the North Shore, Burrard Inlet, the Indian Arm and even Vancouver Island.
  4. Tunnel Bluffs (Lions Bay) - The Tunnel Point Trail up to Tunnel Bluffs is steep, with many nice viewpoints along the way to the final lookout. From Tunnel Bluffs, you have an unbeatable view of Howe Sound and its many islands.
  5. Big Cedar & Kennedy Falls (North Van) - A gorgeous waterfall and the biggest cedar tree you'll ever see. What else do you need to know?

Current Gear Deals

It's a bit of a quiet month for deals, but Patagonia Canada's September 50% off Sale is currently going. The sale features tons of steeply discounted products from best-selling nano puffs to activewear to backpacks. See the deals here.

Until next month!


Goodlife Victoria Marathon
October 9, 2016
Vancouver Rock 'N Roll Oasis Marathon
October 22-23, 2016
Hallow's Eve Trail Race
October 29, 2016

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  2. Gold Creek Falls hike near Maple Ridge
  3. Mount Gardner Hike on Bowen Island


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  2. Elfin Lakes (Squamish)
  3. The Chief (Squamish)
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