Here is a resource page that you can always come to for local outdoor information. A collection of recommended guidebooks, safety info, helpful websites, etc. Enjoy!
Outdoor Safety & Etiquette
Safety first! Check out these pages related to hiking safety and ethics:
- General Hiking Safety Info and Tips – How to prepare for your trip & ‘The Essentials’.
- Wildlife Safety – How to prevent and defend against wildlife attacks (bears, cougars & ticks).
- Winter & Avalanche Safety. – Staying safe in the snow.
- Trail Etiquette – How to be a courteous hiker and protect the environment.
More Helpful Pages On Outdoor Vancouver
- Hiking Trail Guides – Our growing collection of hiking trail guides.
- Outdoor Clubs – A list of local hiking and outdoor recreation clubs.
- Fastest Known Times – A collection of local ‘FKTs’ for various trails.
- Outdoor Vancouver Store – Our online shop for clothing and local books.
- Outdoor Stores – A list of local outdoor retailers around Vancouver.
- Tales from the Outdoors – Interviews with awesome local athletes.
- A Starter’s Guide to Hiking around Vancouver – Our free eBook.
- Outdoor Resources – A list of helpful books, links and trip planning resources.
- How to Support and Follow Outdoor Vancouver – Other places to find OV
A Starter’s Guide to Hiking in Vancouver.
- Guides for 10 amazing hikes near Vancouver
- Hiking safety and trail etiquette
- Resources, hiking gear overview, and more!
Resources To Help You Prepare For Your Next Hike
Finding out if a particular trail is snow-free, or what shape it may be in, seems to be the holy grail of hiking in Vancouver. There’s seldom a single source of information that will give you a definitive answer. To help, below is a compiled list of resources you can use to gather more intel about your hike.
Websites for Trail Conditions
- B.C. Hydro Recreation Areas – For parks like Buntzen Lake
- B.C. Parks – Check the page for the park you are heading to for current conditions and notices.
- ClubTread – A popular outdoors forum.
- Live Trails – A noticeboard for trails.
- Metro Vancouver Regional Parks – Current advisories are posted for all regional parks.
- Outdoor Vancouver – Check the comments section for the hike you are doing.
- Vancouver Trails – Check the comments section.
- Wanderung Hiking Group – A collection of trip reports
You can do a search for the hashtag or geotag of the location on Instagram, and look at some of the recent pictures. People can post old photos, so make sure the photos are current. You can comment on public photos and ask the poster if their photo is recent and how the conditions are.
There are also several hiking groups on Facebook (a few linked below) where people share updates on current trail conditions.
Other trip planning links
- All of the trip planning links you will ever need – This post by Ashika Parsad lives up to its name. It has the resources above plus many, many more.
- BC AdventureSmart Trip Planner – A tool to help plan your trip and keep you safe.
- Chilliwack BC Hiking Club – Facebook Group
- CS Hiking – Facebook Group
- iHike Vancouver – Facebook Group
- Vancouver Hiking Reddit – Vancouver hiking subReddit
- Wanderung Outdoor Rec Society – Facebook Group for local hiking club
Online Canadian Outdoor Gear Retailers
If you’re looking for outdoor gear, there are a number of great online retailers in Canada. Most provide free shipping with a minimum purchase. We have compiled a few trusted online retailers below.
- Amazon – Amazon has a lot of great hiking and camping products. We’ve compiled an Outdoor Vancouver store on Amazon of our favorite gear available there.
- Altitude Sports. Free Shipping On Orders Over $49.99. Hassle-free returns.
- Arc’teryx – Arc’teryx is a technical high-performance outerwear and equipment company. Free shipping on all orders.
- Backroad Mapbooks. Backroad Mapbooks is Canada’s top-selling outdoor recreation guidebook series. Get free standard shipping on all GPS maps with code BRMBFREESHIP.
- Columbia Sportswear Canada. Columbia has a great reputation for winter coats and gear. Shipping is a flat $7 within Canada.
- Epic Water Filters. Water filtration for your next outdoor adventure (or at home). Free shipping in Canada.
- Helly Hansen. Free shipping on orders over $100.
- Hillsound Equipment. Canadian designer of hiking crampons for safe travel on ice + snow, waterproof gaiters and ultra lightweight seats. Free shipping on orders over $49.
- Hurley. Born from water, Hurley was founded in Huntington Beach in 1999 on the principle of empowering and fueling the voice of the next generation.
- The Last Hunt. TheLastHunt.com is Canada’s only website uniquely dedicated to discount outdoor clothing and equipment.
- Mountain Equipment Co-op. MEC is a retail co-op that sells exclusively to members. Free shipping on orders over $50.
- Mountain Hardwear. Mountain Hardwear is an industry leader in premium outdoor apparel, equipment, and accessories. Shipping is a flat $7 within Canada.
- Mountain Wearhouse. Mountain Warehouse is a British outdoor retailer selling equipment for hiking, camping, skiing, cycling, running and fitness. Free shipping over $99
- Patagonia. Patagonia is a designer of outdoor clothing and gear for the silent sports: climbing, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, and trail running.
- prAna. Yoga clothing for positive change. Free shipping on all orders.
- PRFO Sports. A leading action sports retailer in Canada. Carrying over 200 brands related to mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, technical apparel & accessories. Free shipping on orders over $50.
- Running Room. The Running Room is truly a store for runners by runners. Free Curbside Pick-up or Free Economy Ground Shipping on orders $50+
- Salomon Canada. Snowboarding, trail running and hiking clothes & shoes.
- STORMTECH Performance Apparel. Highly technical outdoor apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Flat $15 shipping.
- Solo Stove. We design simple, ingenious outdoor products to help you create good moments that become lasting memories. Free standard shipping and returns on all orders in Canada.
- Stoko. Stoko’s K-Line integrate medical-grade knee bracing into athletic clothing. Each product provides uncompromised support, comfort, and movement so athletes can manage their pain, protect their bodies, and have confidence to stay active and get back to activity. Free standard shipping on all products.
- Sorel Footwear. $7 flat rate shipping on premium footwear.
- Yeti Canada. In 2006, YETI Coolers was founded with a simple mission: build the cooler you’d use every day if it existed. YETI offers free Ground shipping on qualified orders.
More Helpful Links And Websites
- AdventureSmart – Outdoor safety information.
- Bivouac – Comprehensive website for Canadian Mountaineering info.
- Coquitlam Search & Rescue
- Discover Vancouver Island – Great resource for outdoor activities on Van Isle.
- Happiest Outdoors – Great local outdoors blog.
- Hiking for the Scaredy Cat – Hiking trails on our local mountains, safety tips, and more.
- North Shore Search & Rescue
- Oplopanax Horridus – Great blog by local SAR manager.
- Outdoor Vancouver’s Recommended Hiking Gear – An Amazon list of great hiking and camping products.
- Parkbus – Parkbus connects city dwellers with nature through accessible transportation options.
- Scuba B.C. – Helpful Information About Scuba Diving In British Columbia and Vancouver Island
- Tofino Trails – Online trail guides.
- Tofino BC Guide: Hiking Trails, Beaches, Fishing, Kayaking and more.
- Vancouver Trails – Online trail guides.
- Wanderung – Newsletter callout community.
- Yervana – Personalized outdoor adventures with knowledgeable locals.
Monthly OV Newsletter Archive
- February 2013 – Edition #1
- March 2013 – New Interview Series
- April 2013 – Outdoor Clubs
- May 2013 – The Hiking Season is Upon Us
- June 2013 – The State of Cycling in Vancouver
- July 2013 – The Best Hikes near Vancouver
- August 2013 – Happiness is Found Outdoors
- September 2013 – The Best Hikes for the Fall
- October 2013 – Bike-Commuting in the Cold
- November 2013 – The Ski and Board Season is Here!
- December 2013 – Happy New Year!
- January 2014 – Remembering Tim Jones
- February 2014 – Memory Bias and the Outdoors
- March 2014 – The Best Apps for Exploring the Outdoors
- April 2014 – The Future of B.C. Parks?
- May 2014 – It’s Hiking Season!
- June 2014 – Hiking the New Sea to Sky Gondola
- July 2014 – Day Hikes Guide for Beginners
- August 2014 – 5 Vancouver Hikes to Fall in Love With
- September 2014 – Best Spots to See the 2014 Salmon Run
- October 2014 – Hiking Goat Mountain
- November 2014 – Everything you need to know for ski season
- December 2014 – Interview with Ski Mountaineer Eric Carter
- January 2015 – A Hiking Guide to Kennedy Falls and Big Cedar Trail
- February 2015 – A Hiking Guide to Opal Cone
- March 2015 – Hiking Black Mountain
- April 2015 – Hiking South Needle
- May 2015 – Hiking Swan Falls
- June 2015 – Campfire Bans
- July 2015 – Hiking Mount Fromme
- August 2015 – Hiking Garibaldi Lake
- September 2015 – Hiking Tunnel Bluffs
- October 2015 – Busy Month for Search and Rescue
- November 2015 – Black Friday Gear Deals
- December 2015 – Closing out 2015
- January 2016 – Winter Hiking Hollyburn Mountain
- February 2016 – Hiking Brandywine Falls
- March 2016 – Hiking Cypress Falls
- April 2016 – Hiking High Knoll
- May 2016 – The Goldstream Trestle
- June 2016 – 14 Incredible Overnight Hikes around Vancouver
- July 2016 – 5 Amazing Hikes for August
- August 2016 – Hiking Bowen Island
- September 2016 – Great Hikes for Fall
- October 2016 – Al’s Habrich Ridge & Waterfall Hikes
- November 2016 – Mystery Lake Hike and B.C. Parks Changes
- December 2016 – Cascade Falls Hike
- January 2017 – Yeo Point Hike
- February 2017 – Watersprite Lake – A Brand New Trail
- March 2017 – The 14 Best Spring Hikes
- April 2017 – Cliff Falls Hike
- May 2017 – 16 Stunning Waterfalls Around Vancouver
- June 2017 – The Great Hikes of Vancouver
- July 2017 – Hiking Crooked Falls
- August 2017 – 14 Epic Late Summer Hikes
- September 2017 – Petgill Lake and Bridal Veil Falls
- October 2017 – Hiking Elk Mountain
- November 2017 – Hike to Mount Thurston in Chilliwack
- December 2017 – Ladner Creek Trestle and a Close to the Year
- January 2018 – The West Coast Trail
- February 2018 – Snowshoe Accidents and Widgeon Falls
- March 2018 – Spring Hikes Around Vancouver
- April 2018 – Brand New North Shore Tees!
- May 2018 – Hiking Safety and Etiquette
- June 2018 – Hiking the Othello Tunnels
- July 2018 – The Mount Hope Lookout Trail
- August 2018 – Mount Elphinstone Summit
- September 2018 – Hiking the Iconic Lions
- October 2018 – The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
- November 2018 – Be More Pacific
- December 2018 – Hiking Pender Hill
- January 2019 – The Abby Grind and Teapot Hill
- February 2019 – Falls Lake
- March 2019 – Spring Hikes Around Vancouver
- April 2019 – Shipyards Night Market!
- May 2019 – Conflict Lake
- June 2019 – Steelhead Falls
- July 2019 – Wedgemount Lake Hike
- August 2019 – The Top 5 Hikes in Merritt
- September 2019 – Lower Myra Falls
- October 2019 – A New Way to Find Hikes Around Vancouver!
- November 2019 – Hiking Whytecliff Park
- December 2019 – Hiking Ammonite Falls
- January 2020 – The 14 Best Snowshoe Trails around Vancouver
- February 2020 – Snowshoeing to a Frozen Waterfall in Whistler
- March 2020 – Trail Closures & Hiking during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- April 2020 – Trail Closures Update and Fastpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail
- May 2020 – Where Can We Hike During COVID-19
- June 2020 – Hiking Cypress Lake and the Hiking Vancouver eBook
- July 2020 – The 16 Best After-Work Hikes Around Vancouver
- August 2020 – Iceberg Lake and Squamish Smoke Bluffs
- September 2020 – Can MEC Be Saved?
- October 2020 – Winter Conditions in the Mountains
- November 2020 – Black Friday and Hiking Gear Deals
- December 2020 – Backpacking the Juan de Fuca Trail
January 2021 – Hiking Beth Lake
February 2021 – Snowshoeing to Bowen Lookout
March 2021 – The Best Rainy Day Hikes
April 2021 – Hiking Smuggler Cove and a Giveaway!
May 2021 – Hike More. Worry Less.
June 2021 – Burnett Falls
July 2021 – Hiking Evans Peak
August 2021 – Pacific Spirit Park
September 2021 – A Sweatshirt Giveaway & The Best Vancouver Transit Hikes!
October 2021 – Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
November 2021 – 14 Best Snowshoe Trails around Vancouver
December 2021 – 2021 in Review
January 2022 – Take a Hike Foundation
February 2022 – B.C. Parks Camping Reservations
March 2022 – Exploring Mundy Park in Coquitlam
April 2022 – AdventureSmart Trail Video Series
May 2022 – Grouse Grind Open for 2022
June 2022 – Long Weekend Hiking
July 2022 – Hikes to Help Stay Cool in the Heat
August 2022 – End of Summer Hike Suggestions
September 2022 – Island of the Sea Wolves
October 2022 – Fall Hiking Suggestions
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