Event: Indigenous place names and hiking in the Fraser Valley (July 13)

Indigenous Place Names and Hiking in the Fraser Valley

Taking a hike in southwestern B.C. entails travelling in the Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish, Nlaka’pamux, St’át’imc, and Syilx peoples.

Whether hikers know it or not, this often means visiting sites of cultural, historical, and spiritual importance to First Nations — places with long-standing names in Indigenous languages, such as the Halq’eméylem dialect of the Stó:lō people. I’ve included many such toponyms in my new book, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, alongside place names of colonial origin.

What does it mean to hike in Indigenous territories? I’m honoured that the University of the Fraser Valley’s Peace and Reconciliation Centre has invited me to speak at its upcoming Peace Talks panel discussion, which will explore this question.

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Event: Survive Outside with Destination Hikes & AdventureSmart (June 21)

Survive Outside with AdventureSmart

Going hiking? Did you remember to leave a trip plan and pack the essentials?

To help you enjoy the trips and trails in Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia as safely as possible, I’ve teamed up with AdventureSmart to present a free webinar on hiking safety.

I’ll present some safety tips, and we’ll hear from Sandra Riches, executive director of B.C. AdventureSmart, a program funded by the B.C. Search and Rescue Association. Thanks for your outdoor safety leadership, AdventureSmart!

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Reddit AMA: Destination Hikes (June 10)

Mount Elphinstone. Photo: Stephen Hui
Mount Elphinstone. Photo: Stephen Hui

Got questions about Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia?

Take part in my Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Thursday, June 10 (12 p.m.–3 p.m. PDT), and I’ll try my best to answer them.

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8 enchanting B.C. trails in my new Destination Hikes book

Wedgemount Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Wedgemount Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

Hiking season is upon us! My new guidebook, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, will help you make the most of summer.

Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia
#1 B.C. bestseller

Destination Hikes describes 55 hiking trips within weekend range of Vancouver, B.C. — including select trails in northern Washington (see the table of contents). These trails visit towering waterfalls, ancient forest giants, colourful wildflower meadows, sparkling swimming holes, and exhilarating viewpoints. Inside the book, you’ll find detailed trail descriptions, colour photographs, topographic maps, and points of interest.

Here are eight enchanting hikes featured in my new guide — published by Greystone Books.

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Event: Destination Hikes book signing & Wanderung picnic at Trout Lake (July 7)

Book signing event

Mark your calendars! On July 7, you’re invited to my outdoor book signing — and Wanderung’s annual picnic — in East Vancouver.

Come say hello, get your copies of Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia and 105 Hikes autographed, and chat about summer hiking.

I’ll have fresh copies of Destination Hikes for sale ($22 each — cash or Interac e-transfer). Or, pick up a copy beforehand at your local bookstore.

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