Chilliwack Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Chilliwack Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

In two months, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia will finally be out in the world. I can’t wait for y’all to see and touch it.

Actually, I can’t wait to unbox it myself. The publication date is May 11.

Until then, this sneak peek will have to suffice. Check out a few spreads from Destination Hikes.

  • Hike 37
  • Hike 18
  • Hike 9

Each of the 55 hikes described is assigned four pages. The book provides:

  • “Hikes at a Glance” and “Hikes by the Numbers” charts
  • Complete trail descriptions and commentary
  • Detailed driving directions (and transit routes where available)
  • Distances, estimated times, elevation gains, and high points
  • Difficulty and quality ratings
  • Icons indicating each hike’s special attractions (big trees, swimming holes, history, etc.)
  • GPS coordinates for trailheads and important waypoints
  • Topographic maps
  • Numerous full-colour photos
  • Notes on conservation, culture, ecology, geology, and history
  • Rules and regulations
  • Kid-friendly and shoulder-season recommendations
  • Tips on outdoor safety, ethics, and etiquette

In addition, each hike comes with a recommended “Stop of Interest.” These are waterfalls, viewpoints, historic sites, local museums, and other points of interest — on the way to a hike or in the vicinity — worth visiting.

As with 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, I collaborated with Steve Chapman of Canadian Map Makers on the topo maps for Destination Hikes. Once again, Nayeli Jimenez is responsible for the beautiful book design.

Stay tuned for more details. Next month, I’ll reveal the table of contents.

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7 thoughts on “Sneak peek: What’s inside Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia

  1. Hi Stephen, heard you on the CBC but didn’t have time to call in. I look forward to seeing the new book next month.

    In the meantime, I’m curious how current is the information on Echo Lake? I ask because I’ve been working on that trail for years now, and recently (last July) completed a new descending trail, so people now do a loop. I built it to reduce the wear and tear on the Monmouth Creek trail, but it’s also much faster and easier and downclimbing the creek. So after the rather scrambly hike up to the lake, there is now a much cruisier route back down, but I doubt you had that information in time for it to make it into the book(?)

    I’m going to be doing quite a bit of work on the waterfall section of the trail this spring, and then I’ve got some plans for the area around and beyond the lake I hope to get started on this summer. So there will be plenty to update for the second edition 🙂

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