Ski Traverses in B.C.

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Ascending up Ring Creek (Garibaldi Neve)

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

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

Kennedy Falls

L1060897.jpgWe thought we’d be discovering. We thought we’d be exploring trails no longer traveled, finding a long forgotten waterfall at the end of a an uncertain journey. But after being prominently featured on various hiking sites about 3 years ago the trail to Kennedy Falls no longer offers the touted solitude and we were running into droves of other people hungry for adventure. Continue reading

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Boundary Bay

L1090290.jpgWhenever 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, 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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