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. I’ll add to it as I find more. Enjoy!
Outdoor Safety & Etiquette
Safety first! Check out these pages related to hiking safety and ethics:
- General Safety Guidelines – How to prepare for your trip & ‘The Essentials’.
- Wildlife Safety – How to prevent and defend against wildlife attacks (bears & cougars).
- Winter & Avalanche Safety. – Staying safe in the snow.
- Trail Etiquette – How to be a courteous hiker.
Pages On This Website
- Hiking Trail Guides – Our growing collection of hiking trail guides.
- Hiking Safety – A collection of hiking safety info.
- 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.
- Tales from the Outdoors – Interviews with awesome local athletes
- How to Support and Follow Outdoor Vancouver – Other places to find OV
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
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 Explore – offers guided wilderness adventures and trekking vacations in B.C.
- Outtt – Mobile app to take hiking guides offline.
- 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.
- 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
Hiking Vancouver: Exploring Southwest British Columbia’s Most Beautiful Trails
Want all 100+ of Outdoor Vancouver’s hiking guides in one eBook? From the classics like The Chief and Black Tusk to the hidden gems, they’re all here in over 500 pages!
Hiking Vancouver is your guide to the best hikes in southwest British Columbia.
Only $8.99 (or included with OV Patron membership)