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Event: 105 Hikes book signing at MEC Vancouver on June 2

Watersprite Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Watersprite Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

The publication date for 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is less than two months away. With book design and proofreading nearing completion, plans for launch events are coming together nicely too.

As a long-time member, I’m excited to announce that Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) will host me for a book signing event in Vancouver, within the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Here are the essential details:

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Announcing the 105 Hikes book launch in Vancouver

Brandywine Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui
Brandywine Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui

On May 26, Greystone Books will publish 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia. A few days later, we’ll mark the occasion with an outdoor book launch in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The launch will be held in conjunction with the Wanderung Outdoor Recreation Society’s annual picnic. Everyone is welcome. Here are the key details:

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Event: 105 Hikes at North Vancouver’s Parkgate Library

Mount Elsay. Photo: Stephen Hui
Mount Elsay. Photo: Stephen Hui

The North Vancouver District Public Library has kindly invited me to give an evening talk about 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia. It takes place on June 4 at the Parkgate Library (3675 Banff Court), at the base of Mount Seymour.

Running from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., this all-ages event also features a guest presentation by AdventureSmart, a national search and rescue prevention program. Here are a few more details from the library’s event listing: Continue reading “Event: 105 Hikes at North Vancouver’s Parkgate Library”

Snowshoeing safety tips (as seen on CBC News)

Paul Ridge. Photo: Stephen Hui
Paul Ridge. Photo: Stephen Hui

Snowshoeing season is in full swing — and that’s keeping search and rescue teams busy. After North Shore Rescue reported a hectic Family Day, CBC News invited me to share some tips for staying safe on snowshoes.

We headed up to Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial Park for the interview, which aired on TV (CBC News Vancouver at 6) and radio (The Early Edition). The resulting CBC News article also quotes Coquitlam Search and Rescue’s Michael Coyle, a contributor to 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading “Snowshoeing safety tips (as seen on CBC News)”

6 reasons to #StandUpForParks in B.C.

Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui
Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui

British Columbia’s provincial parks are incredible places. However, they’re understaffed and underfunded, and therefore haven’t been getting as much maintenance and protection as they deserve.

If you’re a regular B.C. Parks visitor, you’ve seen the results here and there: eroding trails, rotting bridges and boardwalks, derelict outhouses, missing signage, and environmental degradation.

That’s why the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is holding a Day of Action to Stand Up for Parks on February 3. Basically, CPAWS-BC, in conjunction with the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. and the B.C. Mountaineering Club, is asking you to go for a hike, snowshoe, ski, or paddle in a provincial park and spread the word about the need for more B.C. Parks funding. Continue reading “6 reasons to #StandUpForParks in B.C.”