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Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show
Gear, tours, bikes, tourism, tents, so many tents. March 4 and 5 outdoor enthusiasts braved the crazy weather and made the trip to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. Vendors as far as you can see made up of tour operators, gear makers and sellers, demonstration bikers and bike shops filled the floor under the sails. I  headed to Vancouver to talk to all the vendors I could about their tours and new gear. A bit of a kid in a candy shop. Some sunshine and a mini-hike in between capped off the weekend. Adventure

Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in Vancouver Ticket Winners

3 weeks ago we announced that we'd be giving away 2 sets of tickets to the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in Vancouver this weekend, March 4 and 5th. It's going to be a great show with tons of fun things to do and great deals. We drew the 2 winners of the tickets tonight and here they are! Interestingly both from instagram. phil.thethrill and seapotato     We've got in touch with the winners to get their info. Super stoked to see you guys at the show this weekend. Hope to see everyone else there as well!    

Win Family Tickets to the Vancouver Adventure Travel Show

The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is coming up. March 4 and 5th more than 250 outdoor gear and adventure travel vendors cram into the Vancouver Convention Centre with brand new products to try, great deals on gear and big bike, SUP and kayak demos. “B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences” is what they call it. Sounds good eh. Win Tickets! We’ve got 2 family packs of 4 tickets to give away for the show in March in Vancouver. All you have to do is comment below to get a chance to win. Let us

Vancouver Island Trails Conference Recap

May 31, 2014, over 80 people found their way into a room at the Kingfisher resort in Courtney, BC. They were there for the first of an event that Vancouver Island had never seen before, the Vancouver Island Trails Network Conference hosted by VISTA. What was this Trails Network Conference for? The Vancouver Island Trails Network Conference was put together to kickstart the networking and community building between members of any and all groups on Vancouver Island that want to help build of the Vancouver Island Spine Trail and related trails. That’s a mouthful. Basically the organizers wanted to bring

Why an Outdoor Cooperative = 4 Seasons of Fun

Why an Outdoor Cooperative = 4 Seasons of Fun
Today my friend Jessica Glendinning lends her writing and outdoor skills to the blog. I first met Jessica at a conference in Portland called the World Domination Summit. Cool name right? Lots of cool people too. We got talking about the outdoors and I found out she co-owns an outdoor cooperative in Virigina. I had to know more. Here she is to explain. * You may be asking yourself: What exactly is an outdoor cooperative? To start, the Outdoor Adventure Social Club (OASC) is a worker-owned cooperative, which means that there are 12 co-op owners who each have an equal share in

Events and Races on Vancouver Island 2013

Events and Races on Vancouver Island 2013
A new year means more new outdoor events! The events are even bigger and better this year than years past so don't miss out. Make sure you book early on your events so you don't miss out. If you know of any that aren't on this list, email us at pureoutside [at] or head over to the contact page. January 1 - Bastion Running Club New Years Run and Dip, Nanaimo 13 - Prairie Inn Pioneer 8k, Saanichton (Island Series) 7 - 11 - Bud Light Winterfest at Mount Washington (Ski and Snowboard Festival) 27 - Cobble Hill 10k, Cobble Hill (Island Series) 26

Free Tickets to Anthill Films Strength in Numbers Premiere May 6th in Nanaimo

When Anthill Films puts together a movie, you know it's going to be you know it's going to be a whole lot of awesomeness packed into a small amount of time. And when Redbull Media House gets their hands on it, they take it to a whole new level of epic. Jocosity has put together another amazing film event with Oak Bay Bikes, and we want to send you there for free. All you have to do is comment below. [Update]: Nelo one the free tickets to the show on Sunday. Thanks everyone for commenting! But first we need to

Free Tickets to Solitaire Ski and Board Film Premiere in Nanaimo

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia. ~ Solitaire Trailer The description of Sweetgrass' new

Vancouver Island 2012 Races and Events

2012 is going to be another awesome year to get outside and participate in the great events all over the island. There are races of all size and description for you to participate in. You can run, mountain bike, ski, kayak, snowboard, road bike, canoe and sail. Make sure you check back to this page as it will get better and better every month! I'll be adding to it whenever I hear about a new awesome event. If you've got one for a different area let us know! * There are currently lots of events still to be announced and

The Best Outdoor Q&A Site Ever

... hasn't been created yet. It's coming. There are Q&A sites all over the place like Yahoo Answers and a variety of others but they are terribly designed and full of junk. You have no idea who's answering your question and if what they say has anything behind it. Enter StackExchange. Originally designed as a Q & A platform for computer programmers, the StackExchange universe has expanded to include everything under the sun. There's a catch though. All the ideas for the future sites are incubated in Area 51, where they must gain enough supportive users to push them to