Vancouver Trails - Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia News from Vancouver Trails about hiking information in southwestern BC. 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.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:12:12 PST
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.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:28:42 PST
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:

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Travel British Columbia

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Joby Logo

Slik Logo

To enter the 2014 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest, visit

Happy Hiking from your Vancouver Trails Team

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:41:11 PST
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.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:28:12 PST
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 or call 604-938-3203.

Thu, 15 May 2014 08:44:11 PST
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 or call 1-877-737-3783.

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:24:46 PST
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:

Forest Ethics Website (Environmental Non-Profit):

Let BC Decide (MP Kennedy Stewart):

National Energy Board's Website:

Northern Gateway Project

Enbridge's Website:

National Energy Board's Website:

Sierra Club's Website:

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:00:00 PST
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.

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:24:39 PST
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.

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:45:50 PST
Memorial Service for Tim Jones Tim Jones, leader of the North Shore Rescue and tireless advocate for the search and rescue community, suddenly passed away on Mount Seymour this past Sunday night.

This Saturday, January 25, 2014, Tim's family and NSR team members invite you to join in a celebration of his life.

Parade Details

The Parade starts at 10:30am at 15th and Forbes Avenue. The route will follow 15th to Lonsdale, turn left onto Lonsdale and go to 23rd Street, and then enter the parking lot of Centennial Theatre.

Ceremony Details

The Ceremony begins at 12 noon at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Seating in the Theatre is reserved. Tents and a large screen for viewing the ceremony will be setup outside for the public. Please note that parking will be very limited as the turnout is expected to be large.


A Memorial Fund has been setup and you can make donations online through the Fundrazr website.

For complete, up-to-date information, visit the North Shore Rescue?s website.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:58:34 PST
2013 Photo Contest Winners This year's Vancouver Trail's Photo Contest had well over 700 photo submissions and with some stunning shots, it again proved to be a very difficult task choosing a winner.

The choices have been made and the winners are:

Grand Prize Winner

Elfin Lakes

Elfin Lakes Trail

Photo by: Alan Zhao
Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park

View more info about this photo

Learn more about the hiking trail to Elfin Lakes

2nd Place

Howe Sound Crest

Howe Sound Crest Trail

Photo by: Caitlin Lindskoog
Location: Howe Sound Crest Trail

View more info about this photo

Runner-Up Winners

Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes

Photo by: Blake Randall
Location: Joffre Lakes

View more info about this photo.

Joffre Lakes

Elfin Lakes

Photo by: Wayneson Chan
Location: Elfin Lakes

View more info about this photo.

Elfin Lakes

Elfin Lakes

Photo by: Nathan Reimer
Location: Elfin Lakes

View more info about this photo.

Mount Cheam

Mount Cheam Trail

Photo by: Jason Wilde
Location: Mount Cheam

View more info about this photo.

Congratulations to this year's winners and thank you to everyone who entered. A special thank you to the 2013 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest Sponsors:

Travel British Columbia

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Osprey Logo

Joby Logo

Keen Logo

Exped Logo

Looking forward to seeing your photos in 2014!

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:15:44 PST
Photo Contest Deadline Next Week Just one week left to enter the 2013 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest. Photos must be submitted by 6:00pm PST on October 16, 2013 to be entered in this year's contest.

This year's Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Osprey Kestrel 38
  • Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia
  • JOBY GorillaPod SLR
  • Keen Free Pair of Shoes Giftcard
  • Exped DownMat Lite 5

A 2nd Place Prize package of:

  • Lowepro Passport Sling
  • JOBY GorillaPod SLR
  • $100 Petro Canada Gas Cards courtesy of Travel British Columbia

Four runner-up prizes of $25 Petro Canada Gas Cards will also be awarded.

This year's sponsors include:

Travel British Columbia

Lowepro Logo

Osprey Logo

Joby Logo

Keen Logo

Exped Logo

There's been some great photos entered so far, which can be viewed in the Contest Photo Gallery.

To enter the 2013 Vancouver Trails Photo Contest, visit

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:52:43 PST
Cypress Provincial Park Hiking Map This Saturday, August 10, 2013, join the Friends of Cypress to celebrate the launch of a brand new hiking trail map for the Cypress Mountain area. The full-colour map features detailed topographical trail maps of all the trails at Cypress and not just the popular ones!

The event will be at the Crazy Raven, inside Cypress Creek Lodge and starts at 11am. Copies of the map are available at the Cypress Creek Lodge as well.

Cypress Hiking Trail Map

Along with the Friends of Cypress, this map was made possible by BC Parks and Cypress Mountain.

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:48:52 PST
August Updates With all the fabulous weather we had in July, the hiking season is well underway and this is the best time of year to hit some of the trails at the higher elevations. A few notes to keep in mind before heading out:

Snow and Flowers

All trails are accessible and virtually snow-free. There may be a couple of patches of snow at the higher elevations behind areas that don't receive direct sun but they are all passible and the snow won't last long. In addition, the wildflowers are blooming in some of the alpine areas, so this is a great time to get out and enjoy the meadows full of colours as the flowers don't last long.


The number of daylight hours is beginning to diminish and it's important that you plan accordingly and make sure you exit the trail well before sunset. A reminder that in mountain or heavily forested areas that it tends to get darker even earlier as less sunlight can penetrate through the tree cover or the surrounding mountains block the sun.

Search and Rescue

There is a myth that search and rescue charges for being rescued. This is not correct. Search and rescue does not charge for rescues and, if you do find yourself lost or in a situation requiring assistance, it is important to call or make contact sooner than later.


Due to all the hot, dry weather recently, campfires are banned in British Columbia due to the extreme risk of forest fires. A reminder to also be careful to dispose of cigarettes properly. Most forest fires are caused by people and can be prevented, so take precautions.


Don't forget to enter our Photo Contest to win prizes from Lowepro, Keen, Joby, Osprey, Travel British Columbia, and Exped.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and the incredible hiking trails in southwestern British Columbia.

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:18:32 PST
Weekly Water Bottle Giveaway Each Friday, from now until the end of June, 2013, we will be giving away a Vancouver Trails Water Bottle to anyone who is signed up to the Enewsletter List. We will randomly select an email address from the list of email addresses subscribed to our Enewsletter.

Vancouver Trails Water Bottle

The water bottles are BPA-free Stainless Steel, white in colour with a green/black Vancouver Trails logo, 27oz (about 800mL), and have a screw-on top with Carabiner clip. They're both durable and sporty!

If you've already signed up to receive Enewsletters from Vancouver Trails, then you are automatically entered into this contest. If you haven't, you can signup here The first giveaway will be Friday, May 31st, 2013.


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 4 - 8 Enewsletters a year. View our first 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 email address they provide.
  2. If a winner cannot be contacted within 3-days or a winner refuses the prize, the prize will be awarded to another winner chosen.
  3. Vancouver Trails reserves the right to substitute prizes at greater or equal value should one of the prizes not be available for any reason.
  4. All prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be exchanged, replaced, or transferred.
  5. Contest winners cannot be related to or directly associated with anyone at Vancouver Trails and must be over the age of 19 years at the time of entry.
  6. Contest winners are required to answer a mathematical skill testing question.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Entrants participating in any Vancouver Trails contest acknowledge that they have read and understood the rules and regulations. Rules and regulations maybe subject to amendment.
  10. Vancouver Trails reserves the right to change any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.
  11. By entering or attempting to enter the Vancouver Trails Water Bottle 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 the Vancouver Trails Water Bottle 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 of water bottles: $12

Thu, 30 May 2013 17:16:11 PST