The cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours aren’t deterring Metro Vancouver recreationalists from heading outdoors.
More people are deciding to make walking and hiking a year-round outdoor passion – and they have a variety of options to choose from when getting outdoors with more than 350 km of trails spread over 22 parks and greenways across the Metro Vancouver region.
Many of the parks have lower elevation trails that offer fresh air, mossy green forests and views of snow-covered mountains. But to get the most out of winter walking and hiking, it’s important to be prepared. (You don’t want to be the latest search and rescue callout.)
Here are some simple tips:
Dress for the weather (sturdy footwear and layering is best)
Walk with a friend (or two)
Always let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back
Allow enough time to return before sunset. (In a forest or valley, where it gets dark earlier, leave an extra 30 minutes.)
Carry a flashlight or headlamp (your cellphone light won’t cut it)
And enjoy: Staying active outdoors in winter brings all kinds of physical and mental health benefits.