Hiking the Tatchu Trail on Vancouver Island

After experiencing the North Coast Trail and East Beach Trail, I felt a yearning to return to the wild coast of British Columbia. Backpacking the remote Tatchu Trail on Vancouver Island fit the bill.

This essentially unmarked coastal route traverses the Tatchu Peninsula in the territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, covering 32 km (20 mi) on the west coast of the island. Access is by air or water; we opted to floatplane in and out from Gold River with Air Nootka.

From Port Eliza, we trekked northwest to Rugged Point in five days, encountering no other hikers or even kayakers. Things got off to a wet start upon disembarking the floatplane, when my backpack fell in the ocean as we transferred gear and ourselves from dock to shore using an inflatable dinghy. Then it rained as I hastily separated my soggy and dry clothes.

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Book trailer: Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia

Even seen a trailer for a hiking guidebook? Well, there’s a first time for everything.

Without further ado, I’d like to present the official book trailer for Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia: Swimming Holes, Mountain Peaks, Waterfalls, and More.

A quick book teaser is also available for those with shorter attention spans.

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Hikers, please stay the F home

Garibaldi Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park is closed. Photo: Stephen Hui

Author’s note: This open letter was written in the context of Phase 1 of B.C.’s Restart Plan, which ended May 18, 2020.

To my fellow hikers:

As we begin this long weekend, I have to admit I’m really disappointed by the apparent selfishness on display by many in the hiking community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Too many of us are asking “What loopholes can I find in the various public health advisories to justify my next hike?” instead of “What can I do to help limit the number of people who will die from coronavirus disease?”

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105 Hikes makes 2019 B.C. bestseller list

Twin Lakes. Photo: Stephen Hui
Twin Lakes. Photo: Stephen Hui

A year ago, I was thrilled to see 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia snag the #4 spot on the Top 20 B.C. Bestsellers of 2018 list. I’m pleased as punch to learn my book was a bestselling book in 2019 too.

105 Hikes squeaked onto the 2019 B.C. Bestsellers (All Publication Dates) list, taking the #20 spot. The B.C. Bestseller List is compiled by the Association of Book Publishers of B.C.

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Event: 105 Hikes book signing at Indigo Langley on September 6

San Juan Island. Photo: Stephen Hui
San Juan Island. Photo: Stephen Hui

Towards the end of the summer of 2019, Indigo Books & Music will host a book signing for 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia in Langley.

On Friday, September 6, I’ll be at Indigo Langley (115–20015 Langley Bypass) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you’re planning to attend, please let us know by RSVPing on Facebook.

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