Like many hikers in the Vancouver area, I grew up pouring over 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia by Mary and David Macaree. As a teenager, the fourth edition of the classic guide, which dates back to 1973, was my favourite book of any genre.
In 2008, I was thrilled to interview Jack Bryceland — who took over from the Macarees as of the fifth edition — for the Georgia Straight newspaper in advance of the sixth edition’s release. 2018 will mark 10 years since the publication of that last edition.
As a journalist (now recovering), I’ve long written about hiking on the side. A few years ago, I finally drew up plans for a local hiking guidebook. Serendipitously, Greystone Books came calling with the chance to write an all-new follow-up to 103 Hikes, and I jumped at the opportunity.
There’s still a lot of work to be done. But we are now just sixth months away from the publication of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia in May 2018 (June 2018 in the United States).
My first edition of this guide expands upon the area covered by 103 Hikes, featuring select trails in Washington’s North Cascades and the islands of the Salish Sea on both sides of the Canada–U.S. border. A photo of Cheakamus Lake, in the territories of the Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations, graces the book cover.
I look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.