Vancouver Trails - Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia http://www.vancouvertrails.com/ News from Vancouver Trails about hiking information in southwestern BC. Wild Screening Contest http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/11/29/wild-screening-contest/ Vancouver Trails is giving away 10 double passes to the advance screening of the movie Wild on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas. To enter the contest, you must sign up to the Vancouver Trails Enewsletter.

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4pm PST.

The 10 winners will be randomly selected from the Vancouver Trails Enewsletter list and contacted via email on Wednesday, December 3rd, after the contest deadline. If you've already signed up to receive Enewsletters from Vancouver Trails, you are automatically entered into this contest.

Wild Starring Reese Witherspoon

In WILD, director Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE) and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (AN EDUCATION) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed?s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures - as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Website: http://howwilditwas.com/
Runtime: 2 Hours
Rating: 14A

Opening in Vancouver December 12, 2014

Vancouver Trails Enewsletter

The Vancouver Trails Enewsletter is meant to provide hiking information as well as information on upcoming events, contests, and special offers. We aim to send about 5 - 10 Enewsletters a year. View a sample Enewsletter sent May 2013.

Contest Rules

  1. Contest winners will be randomly selected from a list of email addresses signed up to receive the Vancouver Trails Enewsletter. Winners will be informed by the email address they provide.
  2. If an email address has previously signed up to the Vancouver Trails Enewsletter, that email address is automatically entered.
  3. If a winner cannot be contacted within 24-hours or a winner refuses the prize, the prize will be awarded to another winner chosen.
  4. Vancouver Trails reserves the right to substitute prizes at greater or equal value should one of the prizes not be available for any reason.
  5. All prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be exchanged, replaced, or transferred.
  6. Contest winners must be over the age of 19 years at the time of entry.
  7. Contest winners are required to answer a mathematical skill testing question.
  8. To be eligible to enter, you must be a resident in Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), and have reached the age of majority in your province of residence at time of entry.
  9. Vancouver Trails does not assume any responsibility for failure of the Internet or website, or any technical, computer, network, or communication problem preventing the entry to this contest.
  10. Entrants participating in any Vancouver Trails contest acknowledge that they have read and understood the rules and regulations. Rules and regulations may be subject to amendment.
  11. Vancouver Trails reserves the right to change any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
  12. By entering or attempting to enter any Vancouver Trails contest, each entrant and/or purported entrant agrees: (i) to release, discharge, and forever hold harmless Vancouver Trails, El Chango Media, and their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, agents and other representatives (collectively, the "Releasees") from any and all claims, actions, damages, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising out of, or in connection with the entrant's participation or attempted participation in any Vancouver Trails contest, compliance or non-compliance with these Contest rules and acceptance and use of the prizes; and (ii) if selected as a potential Prize winner, to sign the sponsors form(s), if applicable, of declaration and release documentation in this regard before receiving his/her Prize. The Releasees will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, late or misdirected entries or for any failure of the Contest website during the Contest Period, or for any technical malfunction or other problems with, any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software or for any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing, and will not be liable for any resulting injury or damage to any person or property arising from, or relating to, that person's or any other person's participation or attempted participation in the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

Approximate value: $25

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:31:12 PST
Quarry Rock Closed Nov 24 to 27 http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/11/22/quarry-rock-closed-nov-24-to-27/ The Quarry Rock trail in Deep Cove will be closed on Monday, November 24 - Thursday, November 27, 2014. Crews will be working to upgrade the heavily used trail, including upgrading and repairing some of the staircases along the route. Sections of the trail were damaged in October / November from the heavy rainfall and flooding experienced on the North Shore.

Please make alternate hiking plans this week.

Quarry Rock Closed

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:42:11 PST
2014 Photo Contest Winners http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/11/10/2014-photo-contest-winners/ This year's Vancouver Trail's Photo Contest had 700 photo submissions and, once again, there were many incredible photos taken on the trails.

The choices have been made and the winners are:

Grand Prize Winner

Mount MacFarlane

Mount MacFarlane

Photo by: Nathan Reimer
Location: Mount MacFarlane


2nd Place

Elfin Lakes

Elfin Lakes

Photo by: Geoffrey Carran
Location: Around the southeast side of the south lake


Runner-Up Winners

Whytecliff Trail

Whytecliff Trail

Photo by: Bun Lee


McKirdy Ridge Trail

McKirdy Ridge Trail

Photo by: Alan Zhao


Howe Sound Crest Trail

Howe Sound Crest Trail

Photo by: Susan Hay


Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain

Photo by: Peter Mac Pherson

Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you to everyone who entered. A special thank you to the 2014 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest Sponsors:

Lowepro Logo

MEC Logo

Travel British Columbia

Exped Logo

Joby Logo

Slik Logo

Looking forward to seeing your photos in 2015!

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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:38:12 PST
Friday Photo Contest Deadline http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/10/15/friday-photo-contest-deadline/ The deadline for submitting photos to the 2014 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest is 6:00pm PST on Friday, October 17, 2014.

This year's Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L (Blue)
  • Lowepro Sport Shoulder 18L
  • Exped DownMat Lite 5 (medium)
  • SLIK Compact II Tripod
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia

2nd Place Prize package of:

  • Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW (Orange)
  • JOBY Gorillapod SLR
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia

Four runner-up prizes of $50 Gift Card for Mountain Equipment Co-op will also be awarded.

This year's sponsors include:

Lowepro Logo

MEC Logo

Travel British Columbia

Exped Logo

Joby Logo

Slik Logo

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:27:12 PST
Sea To Sky Gondola HikeFest http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/09/03/sea-to-sky-gondola-hikefest/ The Sea To Sky Gondola will be hold an event called HikeFest on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Activities will take place from 9am - 5pm and will include:

  • Guided hiking tours including tours of the Sea To Summit Trail, Al's Habrich Ridge Trail, and more
  • MEC Day Hiking 101 Clinic
  • Trail Running Clinic with Jen Segger from Challenge By Choice
  • BearAware Information and Activities
  • and more

For more information, check out the HikeFest page on the Sea To Sky Gondola website.

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:04:14 PST
Grouse Grind Hours http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/08/28/grouse-grind-hours/ The hours for the Grouse Grind change as of August 29, 2014. The Grind is open 7-days a week between the following times:

Opening Time: 6:30 am
Closing Time: 6:00 pm

Be sure to double check the hours as the opening and closing times will be updated again in the coming weeks as daylight hours become less.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:44:11 PST
Pemberton Music Festival http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/07/17/pemberton-music-festival/ If you are planning to do any hiking along the Sea To Sky corridor this weekend, including in Squamish, Whistler, or the Pemberton area, you should be aware to expect delays. The Pemberton Music Festival will be taking place from July 16 - 20, with the main acts scheduled for the Saturday / Sunday, so traffic along Highway #99 north of Vancouver is expected to be heavier than normal.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:12:12 PST
Knee Knacker Race Along The Baden Powell Trail http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/07/09/knee-knacker-race-along-the-baden-powell-trail/ This Saturday, July 12, 2014, the annual Knee Knacker Race along the Baden Powell Trail takes place from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. Come out and cheer the racers on as they run their way across the rugged North Shore.

Race organizers want the public to know that racers will be sharing the trails and encourage people to come out and show them your support before continuing your planned hike.

Some of the routes you can expect to see Knee Knacker runners are:

  • Whyte Lake
  • Eagle Bluffs
  • Hollyburn Mountain
  • Grouse Grind
  • BCMC Trail
  • Two Canyon Loop
  • Quarry Rock
  • Any route that crosses or is part of the Baden Powell

More information about the event can be found in the Press Release on the Knee Knacker website.

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:28:42 PST
2014 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/06/20/2014-vancouver-trails-photo-contest/ The 5th Annual Vancouver Trails Photo Contest has launched and it's time to grab your camera and submit your best shots to win great prizes.

This year's Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L (Blue)
  • Lowepro Sport Shoulder 18L
  • Exped DownMat Lite 5 (medium)
  • SLIK Compact II Tripod
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia

2nd Place Prize package of:

  • Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW (Orange)
  • JOBY Gorillapod SLR
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia

Four runner-up prizes of $50 Gift Card for Mountain Equipment Co-op will also be awarded.

All entries must be submitted through the Vancouver Trails website by Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6pm PST. Photos must be hiking or outdoor activity related and have been taken in British Columbia. Preference will be given to photos taken in Vancouver or the Southwestern Region of British Columbia.

Over 2500 submissions have been made in the past 4-years and choosing the 2013 winners was a difficult task. All photos from these years can be viewed in the 2013 contest gallery, 2012 contest gallery, 2011 contest gallery, and the 2010 contest gallery.

This year's sponsors include:

Lowepro Logo

MEC Logo

Travel British Columbia

Exped Logo

Joby Logo

Slik Logo

To enter the 2014 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest, visit www.vancouvertrails.com/contest/

Happy Hiking from your Vancouver Trails Team

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:41:11 PST
Grouse Grind Pay Parking http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/06/05/grouse-grind-pay-parking/ Grouse Mountain Pay ParkingThe Grouse Grind has been open for the 2014 seasons for a few weeks now and by all accounts, the trail has been busy.

A reminder that the gravel parking lot is no longer free and the follow fee options apply when parking in the lot:

  • $2 for 3 hours
  • $4 all day
  • $40 for a 1-year "full service" parking permit ($69 for 2-years)

What is a "full service" parking permit? It includes your parking in the gravel lot for the 1 or 2-year period and also several other complimentary services such as a battery boost, tire change, vehicle entry, car sharing, electric vehicle charging and, in the event your car cannot be started, your bus fare home.

The penalty for not paying is a $15 violation notice.

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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:28:12 PST
Whistler Adventure Film Event http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/05/15/whistler-adventure-film-event/ Whistler Film Festival's new Adventure Film Series takes place this long weekend from May 16th - 18th. The Adventure Film Series is for thrill seekers as it features film themes from sailing, surfing, climbing, mountain climbing, freeskiing, mountain biking, hiking, ultra marathon running and paddling, and much more.

The series is programmed into eight screenings over the the 3-day long weekend, with 20 films from 6 different countries. The series will cover some of the world's best independent outdoor, adventure films from extreme sport to activism through adventure.

View the PDF for more information about films screening during this event.

All shows take place at Millennium Place in Whistler (4335 Blackcomb Way).

For more information or to buy tickets, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com or call 604-938-3203.

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Thu, 15 May 2014 08:44:11 PST
Parks Canada and MEC to Provide Camping Equipment http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/04/25/parks-canada-and-mec-to-provide-camping-equipment/ If you've always wanted to try camping but don't have all the gear needed, Parks Canada has partnered with Mountain Equipment Co-op to provide camping equipment at several National Parks. These campsites will be furnished with equipment such as tents, sleeping pads, lanterns, and stoves along with a fire pit and picnic table.

Parks of interest to British Columbians that have this program include Pacific Rim National Park Reserve near Tofino and Banff National Park, in Alberta. Extra fees are charged for the camping gear but are worthwhile instead of having to buy all of the equipment. Park staff will also be on-hand to offer tips on setting up the equipment, cooking, and to answer any questions.

For reservations online, visit reservation.pc.gc.ca or call 1-877-737-3783.

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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:24:46 PST
25 Years Since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/03/24/25-years-since-the-exxon-valdez-oil-spill/ Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska on March 24, 1989. Here are some facts about the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster:

  • 11 million gallons of oil was spilled into Prince William Sound. The ship was estimated to be carrying 55 million gallons of oil.

  • The spill resulted in the deaths of 100,000 - 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, about 300 harbour seals, 247 bald eagles, 22 orcas, and salmon and herring fish and eggs estimated to be in the billions.

  • The cleanup response was very slow, with weeks passing before any significant cleanup began. The use of high-pressure, hot water techniques to clean the shoreline further impacted the environmental damage by causing much of the microbial populations, such as plankton, to be destroyed. Plankton is a key food source for many marine wildlife.

  • There is an estimated 23,000 gallons of oil still in the sand and soil as of 2010.

  • Significant economic losses from the oil spill included the collapse of several fishing industries, a significant drop in tourism, and a loss of many recreational sports. The economic impact on the area is still felt 25 years later.

  • The Exxon Valdez oil spill is considered one of the worst man-made disasters of all time.

Pipelines and Our Future

While we think about the effects the Exxon Valdez oil spill had on our environment and our responsibility to keep the Pacific Northwest pristine and beautiful for future generations, it is important that we stay informed about the current pipeline proposals, oil sands, and other potentially long-term environmental risks.

Today, several pipeline proposals are being reviewed including the Northern Gateway Project in Northern and Coastal BC and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project right here in Metro Vancouver. Consider the impact of these pipelines and the potential for a significant oil spill in our communities, parks, coastal waterways, and more.

Stay informed

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (Metro Vancouver)

Kinder Morgan's Website:
http://www.transmountain.com

Forest Ethics Website (Environmental Non-Profit):
http://forestethics.org/kinder-morgan-trans-mountain

Let BC Decide (MP Kennedy Stewart):
http://letbcdecide.ca/

National Energy Board's Website:
http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/pplctnsbfrthnb/trnsmntnxpnsn/trnsmntnxpnsn-eng.html

Northern Gateway Project

Enbridge's Website:
http://www.gatewayfacts.ca/

National Energy Board's Website:
http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/hm-eng.html

Sierra Club's Website:
http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/our-work/gbr/issues/tar-sands-pipeline-and-tanker-traffic

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:00:00 PST
BC Parks Camping Reservations http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/03/12/bc-parks-camping-reservations/ On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:00am PDT, BC Parks opens their Discover Camping Reservation System to the public to make reservations for campsites for the 2014 season. The website enables users to search through the many BC Parks and make reservations for campsites, yurts, cabins, picnic areas, and backcountry sites.

Although summer is several months away, it's important to plan and make your reservations soon as the more popular camping destinations become fully booked quickly during long weekends and weekends through July and August. Fees vary for campsites depending on whether you are booking spots in the Front Country, Back Country, accommodations in Yurts, or more. Details and reservations are available online at the Discover Camping website.

For those who would prefer to call to make reservations, the Discover Camping Call Centre is available from 7:00am to 7:00pm PST Monday to Friday or 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 1-800-689-9025.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:24:39 PST
2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival http://www.vancouvertrails.com/news/2014/02/05/2014-vancouver-international-mountain-film-festival/ Running from Feb 7 - 15, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival showcases not just films, but features the Fall Speaker Series, live presentations, live music, photography, as well as international film and photo competitions. Films are shown at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, and the Rio Theatre and Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver. The Festival has also been making films available to about 30 communities across Canada with their Best of the Fest Tour.

Films are shown in categories such as trail running, cycling, skiing, and include a family film show where kids 12 and under can enter for free. Full program list can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased on the website, and are $19 for evening shows when purchased in advance, $15 for matinees. You can also purchase multiple show passes for additional savings.

For more information, visit the VIMFF website or follow them on Facebook.

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:45:50 PST