Stephen CANNING

CANNING, Stephen Murray

Sept. 19, 1981 – May 23, 2004


“You have to find out what you were put on this earth for and go for it”


Our beloved son and brother. It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Stephen who died in a fall on his recent descent after reaching the top of Mount Logan, in Kluane National park in the Yukon Territories. Stephen is lovingly remembered by his dad (Doug), mother (Helen), brother (Michael) and grandmother (Iva). He is also survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends throughout the province.


Steve passed away doing what he was passionate about. He was always searching for a new challenge, never turning down a chance to trek where no one else could, or would. He was not one to shy away from raw adventure but also managed time to create life long friendships along the way. He clearly touched many lives and fulfilled his greatest dreams. Through his outdoor adventures, he achieved a level of spirituality many will never know.


Although skiing and mountain climbing were his greatest passion, he also thrived on mountain biking, sea kayaking, and trail running. He would try his hand at anything to do with the great outdoors. He was an active environmentalist, respecting and coveting the beauty of the wilderness around him. His journalistic talents enabled him to share his experience and knowledge with others. He was pursuing a career in Environmental Sciences and Journalism at the University or Victoria. He was in his fourth year.


A memorial service for Stephen will be held at the Hammond United Church on Saturday June 5th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stephen Canning Memorial trust fund c/o Helen & Doug Canning at Maple Ridge CIBC branch would be appreciated. The fund will be used to improve and maintain a section of the trail to Golden Ears Mountain in his memory.


Correction to incorrect information provided re: Memorial Fund to improve a section of the trail to Golden Ears Mountain in his memory. Please make any donations to Stephen’s Memorial Fund. C/O Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club. Box 21171, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 1P7.