Vancouver Trails - Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia News from Vancouver Trails about hiking information in southwestern BC. BC Forest Fires 2015 has been one of the warmest years on record with little precipitation, leading to one of the busier summers for fighting forest fires in British Columbia's history. So far in 2015, the Province has spent more than 150 million dollars fighting forest fires, far above the projected budget.

About 50% of forest fires in BC are started by lighting with a significant amount of the remaining percentage being caused by humans. Heavily populated areas, such as Metro Vancouver, are not immune as there have been several smaller fires near Vancouver that luckily have been put out quickly, including one at Cypress Mountain and one earlier in the summer in Indian Arm.

When hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors, it is imperative that you take all precautions in preventing forest fires. There are currently campfire bans throughout the coastal BC regions and updates can be found at the BC Wildfire Service Fire Prohibitions and Area Restrictions page.

Smoking along trails and in parks should be avoided and cigarette butts should never be disposed of near any brush, grass, trees, or bushes. The tinder dry conditions have the potential for even the smallest flame to ignite into something much larger.

If you are travelling through British Columbia, you can find more information about BC Forest Fires on the BC Forest Fire Map

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 19:04:12 PST
Busy Weekend Along The Sea To Sky This weekend, August 7 - 9, 2015, will be busy along the Sea To Sky Highway as the Squamish Music Festival takes place in Squamish and the Crankworx Mountain Biking event begins in Whistler. Anyone planning hikes in the region should expect heavier traffic than normal, particular northbound on Friday evening and Saturday morning and southbound on Sunday evening.

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:30:12 PST
Victoria Trails Hiking Information If you live in or are planning to travel to Victoria, BC, check out some of the great hiking trails close to the city on Victoria Trails. The website provides hiking information on hikes around the southern Vancouver Island region, with information including trail description, driving details, distances, times, elevation, maps, and photos.

Some areas that Vancouver Trails fans might enjoy exploring in Victoria include East Sooke Park, Mount Finlayson, the Goldstream Trestle, or Jocelyn Hill.

For more information, visit:

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:16:12 PST
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Join Vancouver Trails and Outdoor Vancouver (@outdoorvan) for #bchikechat, this Sunday, June 21st at 9pm PST. This chat's theme will be about "Trail Running".

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:28:12 PST
Grouse Grind Opens May 8th The Grouse Grind opens Friday, May 8th at 6:15am and will be open daily until 7:00pm. Metro Vancouver crews have been working hard to prepare the trail for the season and this will be one of the earliest times that the Grind has been opened.

The Grouse Grind hours will change as daylight hours change throughout the course of the season.

Wed, 06 May 2015 23:53:11 PST
BC Parks Camping Reservations On Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 9:00am PDT, BC Parks opens their Discover Camping Reservation System to the public to make reservations for campsites for the 2015 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. In some cases, very popular campsites are fully booked the first day of reservations.

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 can make reservations after March 15, 2015, 9:00am PST. They are 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, 11 Mar 2015 22:40:12 PST
The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show This weekend, March 7th and 8th, 2015, the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. See British Columbia's largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences, including a camping showcase, running and triathlon, canoe and kayak, and much more.

The show will be open on Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday from 10am - 5pm. The price of admission is: Adults $12, Youths (12-17 years old) $10, Seniors (60+) $10, and Children (11 and under) Free.

For more information, visit the official website.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:12:12 PST
BC Parks Increase Camping Fees For Provincial Parks Camping fees will increase starting March 15, 2015, by $2 - $5 per night, depending on which campground. This is the first increase in Provincial camping fees since 2010 and the revenue is expected to be used to help pay for maintaining the parks.

The good news is that parking will continue to be free at all Provincial Parks.

View a list of campsites and their fees on the BC Parks website.

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:24:12 PST
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.

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.
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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:31:12 PST
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

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:42:11 PST
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:

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Travel British Columbia

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Looking forward to seeing your photos in 2015!

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:38:12 PST
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:

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:27:12 PST
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