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Explore all that BC has to offer with hikes this summer!

Social distance without sacrificing your outside time with local hikes and day trips

Canoeing on a Hike in British Columbia

The Lower Mainland is best known for its beautiful landscapes and unlimited access to the outdoors. If you’re new to this country of ours, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the number of local day hikes in the region. Recently, we collected a variety of reliable resources that you can use to ensure that you’re prepared for your next outdoor adventure in Beautiful British Columbia!

To start your hiking journey, you can borrow ‘52 Best Daytrips from Vancouver,’ from the Burnaby Public Library. This book focuses on the best views, biking, beaches, and outings for kids. From Whistler to Harrison Hot Springs, this book includes detailed directions, as well as specific information about the location (such as activities to do with kids) to help you find your way and make the most out of your trip.

105 Hikes in Southwestern British ColumbiaSimilarly, you can borrow the book ‘105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia’ from the Richmond Public Library. The book details over 100 hikes from your doorstep and inspires readers to take advantage of the great outdoors! It is best suited for casual hikers and backcountry enthusiasts and features trails across the Lower Mainland and Island region.

If you are heading into the backcountry, you will want to ensure that you are prepared. ‘Wilderness Survival: Basic Safety for Outdoor Adventures’ is available at your Fraser Valley Regional Library. This guidebook provides basic tips and tricks to surviving in the wilderness, including sheltering against weather extremes, battling bugs, and fending off meddlesome animals.

Learn the basics of outdoor safety for hiking with your local library and online resources

The West Vancouver Memorial Library offers access to the ‘Outdoor Life Wilderness Survival Guide,’ a compilation of information from Outdoor Life magazine. Whether you’re planning a three-day backcountry hike or a day trip, this handbook is essential information for your safety. From covering information on making shelter, finding food and water, and dealing with predators, you’ll find plenty of resources.

Outside of the libraries collections, you can rely on organizations such as AdventureSmart to help you learn what you need to know before you head to the great outdoors. AdventureSmart is a national prevention program that provides Canadians and visitors with consistent and relevant safety information. They have a website filled with pertinent information to help you prepare. The Essentials area of their website focuses on equipment that you should bring for any given activity in any outdoor situation. Trip Planning focuses specifically on what you need to consider before you go out; from planning your travel route, knowing the terrain and conditions, checking the weather, and other details to consider before you head out.

There are many wonderful places to explore in the Lower Mainland. The next time your plant a hiking trip, why not head to your library’s website to do your research?