Elfin Lakes Hike in Squamish (By a Local)
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by Taryn Eyton
6d ago
These days, Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park is the closest backcountry camping to my house in Squamish – it’s literally just up the street. But I’ve been going to Elfin Lakes for two decades – it was my first winter backpacking trip back in 2003! I’ve hiked the Elfin Lakes Trail more times than I count, in every season, in boots, in spikes, and in snowshoes. I’ve spent lots of nights in the campground and the shelter and really explored the area. Elfin Lakes is one of the best hikes in Squamish and it is featured in my hiking guidebook, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia. In ..read more
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High Note Trail in Whistler (By a Season’s Pass Holder)
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by Taryn Eyton
1w ago
The High Note Trail is the most spectacular hike in Whistler, but it’s also the most expensive. Here’s everything you need to know about hiking the High Note Trail so you can decide if it’s worth the price. I live in nearby Squamish, so I’ve hiked the High Note tons of times. Honestly, I like this trail so much that I hike it a few times each summer. But if you’re not a local, you might be wondering if the High Note Trail is worth it. (Spoiler: I think it’s worth the money on a clear day.) Since I’ve hiked this trail so many times (and I literally wrote a book about hiking in Southwestern BC ..read more
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How to Paddle the River of Golden Dreams in Whistler, BC
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by Taryn Eyton
2w ago
The River of Golden Dreams is one of the best things to do in Whistler in the summer. It’s often described as a natural lazy river that winds its way between two lakes in the Whistler Valley. I live in nearby Squamish and paddle the River of Golden Dreams in my own canoe, but it’s easy for visitors to enjoy it too since you can take a tour or rent a canoe or kayak. It’s a gorgeous trip with views of the mountains and lots of big trees and flowering huckleberry bushes. In this guide to the River of Golden Dreams, I’ve got everything you need to know to plan a trip. It includes: FAQ: How long d ..read more
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10 Best Hotels in Squamish in 2024
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by Taryn Eyton
2w ago
Whether you are road-tripping the Sea to Sky Highway or looking to spend a few days exploring, you might be wondering where to stay in Squamish. As a local, I’ve got the insider’s scoop on the best hotels in Squamish. Want to skip right to the point? My top pick is the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort since it gets the best reviews and has the nicest setting. I’ve lived in Squamish for three years. Before I moved here, I visited a few times a year for decades (I’ve lived in the Vancouver area my whole life.) Squamish is such a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and incredible scenery tha ..read more
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Why Do Rain Jackets Wet Out?
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by Taryn Eyton
3w ago
It can be frustrating to be out for a hike in wet weather and have your jacket fail, which is called wetting out. But why do rain jackets wet out? And what can you do about it? I’ve been hiking and backpacking for two decades, mostly in the wet Pacific Northwest weather of British Columbia. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of rain jackets. And for seven years I worked at the head office of a large Canadian outdoor brand. My job was to write product guides and staff training materials, so I spent a lot of time working with the design and fabric teams to learn everything there is to know about o ..read more
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Where to Experience Indigenous Tourism in Canada
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by Taryn Eyton
1M ago
Indigenous people have lived in what is now Canada since time immemorial, so no trip to Canada is complete without experiencing Indigenous culture. I asked fellow travel writers to recommend their favourite places to experience Indigenous tourism in Canada. In this post, you’ll find personal recommendations for 10 Indigenous tourism activities from tours to museums to historical sites and more. Each one is Indigenous-run and will deepen your understanding of Indigenous culture. This is a sensitive wilderness area. Learn how to Leave No Trace to keep the wilderness wild. Make sure you are prepa ..read more
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Mount Assiniboine Hiking Guide
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by Taryn Eyton
1M ago
With its prominent Matterhorn shape, Mount Assiniboine is one of the most photographed peaks in the Canadian Rockies. And that makes hiking to Mount Assiniboine one of the most spectacular backpacking trips near Banff. I had dreamed of visiting for years, but when it came time to plan my trip, I was overwhelmed with information. There are so many campgrounds and access routes to consider! I’m a hiking guidebook author who has hiked all over BC and the Canadian Rockies, so doing hiking research is my jam – I figured out the best way to get there and the best places to camp. My visit to Assinibo ..read more
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Best Things to Do in Banff in the Spring
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by Natasha Alden
1M ago
There are so many things to do in Banff all year round it can hurt your head. Most people either visit Banff in the summer or in the winter, but there are some fantastic activities to enjoy in Banff in the spring. Banff in the spring may not be the most typical time to visit. The weather is unpredictable, and visitors may get some snow or rain, and definitely some cold temperatures. But if you visit in April, May, or early June, you’ll be rewarded with low prices and fewer crowds! Happiest Outdoors Contributor Natasha lives in nearby Canmore and says that even after a few years of living here ..read more
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Is Merino Wool Worth It? Pros and Cons
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by Taryn Eyton
1M ago
If you’re shopping for hiking clothing you’ve probably heard all kinds of great things about Merino wool. But Merino isn’t perfect – to start with, it’s expensive. You might be wondering, is Merino wool worth it? I’ve been hiking and backpacking for two decades (I even wrote a hiking guidebook) and have tried a lot of different technical outdoor clothing, including lots of Merino wool. I also spent seven years working at the head office of a large Canadian outdoor brand. While I was there, I worked closely with the design and fabric teams and wrote staff training material. So I have a pretty g ..read more
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Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit Hiking Guide
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by Taryn Eyton
2M ago
I’ve hiked a lot of trails in the Canadian Rockies, and Lake O’Hara has by far the best scenery: brilliant blue lakes, towering peaks, and icy glaciers. And if you are going to visit Lake O’Hara, you have to hike the Alpine Circuit. The Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit is an 11-kilometre-long loop hike that circles Lake O’Hara on a series of airy ledges high above the lake. The route is actually made up of three trails: Wiwaxy Gap/Huber Ledges, Yukness Ledges, and All Soul’s Route. Since this trail has some steep drops, it can seem a bit intimidating. I’ve hiked the ledge routes above Lake O’Hara tw ..read more
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