Ski Traverses in B.C.

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Pulling sleds on a glacier

April is the prime time for ski expeditions. The days are long, the glaciers filled in nicely, the snow consolidated and the avalanche danger low. A perfect time for those week-long trips into the far reaches of the southwest B.C. In this post I will offer some ideas for popular traverses within 100 km from Vancouver. Our mountainous backyard is so vast that you are very likely to have it all to yourselves. Continue reading

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South Dyke Trail

Finn Slough

Finn Slough, 1970’s

In springtime, when the sun first peaks out from behind the eternal veil of winter cloud and entices to go outside is the time when I love discovering local cycling trails. There’s an incredible network of bike trails in greater Vancouver and many are flat and completely separated from the car traffic, offering a great way of spending a lovely afternoon discovering really neat places. Today I invite you to explore Steveston, Britannia Historic Shipyards and Finn Slough to get a feel for the not-so-distant history on the Fraser River. Continue reading

Ashlu-Elaho Traverse

Ashlu-Elaho_6841.jpgThis is a beautiful, rarely done traverse in the very backyard of Squamish. Washed out logging roads make it now a bit more complicated to access but it is still very much doable for a dedicated party. The reward will be absolute solitude just 50km west of civilization and fantastic views of the seldom-seen ridges and valleys. Continue reading

Boundary Bay

Boundary BayWhenever the local forecast calls for SOME rain yet no one, let alone Environment Canada, knows exactly when or how much of it, on days like that I reach for my list of regional parks. Oh yeah, bless the creators of Metro area regional parks. Never more than one hour drive away, often accessible by transit & bike and offering a good selection of easy trails in interesting places – they are great when you have a 4-hour window like we did today. Today our choice was Boundary Bay. Continue reading

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Yak Peak

L1090215If you have ever driven Coquihalla Highway you will recognize one of the most prominent sideway features – the east face of Yak Peak. An impressive vertical, one smooth piece of a granitic block, it rises above the highway and begs the question how does one (and that means one without a rope or climbing skills) get up there. Well, there is a trail, next to the face, that will, shockingly, take you aaaall the way. To. The. Summit.

Not only that, the faint trail continues along the ridges of Nak and Thar peak, offering day long views of the strange high country of Coquihalla, something you won’t see from the highway.

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