Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Paul Taplin of Into the Wild Cycling Tours

Paul Taplin of Into the Wild Cycling Tours poses in front of his tour bus and bikes

Paul Taplin of Into the Wild Cycling Tours. Photo: Into the Wild Cycling Tours

You’ve heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Paul Taplin made that a reality when he launched Into the Wild Cycling Tours. He spends his days introducing people to the great outdoors around Vancouver and across the province.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Paul Taplin of Into the Wild Cycling Tours

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Filsan Abdiaman of Project Love Run

Filsan Abdiaman of Project Love Run running on a trail

Filsan Abdiaman of Project Love Run. Photo: Patrick Leung

Running can be an intimidating sport, especially for women and BIPOCs. That’s where Project Love Run comes in. Filsan Abdiaman created this inclusive community to organize events that connect and empower women through running.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Filsan Abdiaman of Project Love Run

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Deanne Cote of North Shore Mountain Bike Association

Deanne Cote of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association rides in Duthie Hill, Washington

Deanne Cote, Executive Director of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association

Mountain biking wouldn’t be possible without trail builders. Since 1997, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) has built and maintained trails on Vancouver’s North Shore. We chatted with Executive Director Deanne Cote about the ways that the NSMBA has created a volunteer-oriented mountain biking community.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Deanne Cote of North Shore Mountain Bike Association

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Ally Gandy of Mountain Mentors

Ally Gandy of Mountain Mentors skiing near Pemberton

Ally Gandy backcountry skiing near Pemberton with her former mentor Kate Inch.

Are you looking to deepen your outdoor skills, but aren’t sure how to start? Mountain Mentors is a local non-profit organization that pairs mentors and mentees to help women and people of marginalized genders gain confidence in sports like backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. We chatted with Vice President Ally Gandy about the program and the outdoor community they are building.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Ally Gandy of Mountain Mentors

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Arron Vickery of Sea to Sky Gondola

Arron Vickery guiding a school group at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Arron Vickery guiding a school group. Photo: Sea to Sky Gondola/Taraogradyphoto.com

Have you thought about turning your love of the outdoors into a career? Arron Vickery did just that and now works at Squamish’s Sea to Sky Gondola conducting safety patrols, leading hiking tours, and creating new trails. We chatted with Arron about his passion for guiding and exploring around the Sea to Sky Gondola.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Arron Vickery of Sea to Sky Gondola

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Michael Coyle of Coquitlam Search and Rescue

Michael Coyle and his dog

Michael hiking with his dog Curie. Photo: Michael Coyle

Vancouverites love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and camping. But not every adventure goes according to plan. That’s where search and rescue (SAR) comes in. We chatted with Michael Coyle from Coquitlam Search and Rescue about what it’s like to volunteer with SAR, both professionally and personally, and what hikers in Vancouver need to know before they hit the trails.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Michael Coyle of Coquitlam Search and Rescue

Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours foraging on the beach

Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours. Photo: Angela Fama Photography

Many of us are familiar with the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. But how many of us know what it tastes like? That’s where Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours comes in. She offers foraging classes and tours both online and in-person to help us connect with wild foods.

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Vancouver Outdoor Community Spotlight: Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Tours