Walking and Hiking in Winter in Metro Vancouver Regional ParksWalking and Hiking in Winter in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassF444F8CB2D74411CB3CAA681E7D74727">The cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours aren’t deterring Metro Vancouver recreationalists from heading outdoors.<br><br>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. <br> <br>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.) <br> <br>Here are some simple tips:<br> <ul><li>Dress for the weather (sturdy footwear and layering is best)</li><li>Walk with a friend (or two)</li><li>Always let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back</li><li>Allow enough time to return before sunset. (In a forest or valley, where it gets dark earlier, leave an extra 30 minutes.)</li><li>Carry a flashlight or headlamp (your cellphone light won’t cut it)</li></ul>And enjoy: Staying active outdoors in winter brings all kinds of physical and mental health benefits. <br> <br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue58-mvparks.jpg2019-11-30T08:00:00ZGP0|#4c54c904-8f19-40a9-907a-6bf7a79cf92c;L0|#04c54c904-8f19-40a9-907a-6bf7a79cf92c|Issue 58;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass57B29EAA9F54418499108D3FBA01E628">​The cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours aren’t deterring Metro Vancouver recreationalists from heading outdoors.<br><br></div>0