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

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:04:14 PST
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.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:44:11 PST
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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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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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