The Outdoor Club wants to promote safety and preparedness, so here is some information and websites that might help you.
In light of some recent high profile rescues, Search and Rescue has increased its efforts at educating the public about preparedness. They recommend ten essentials to carry with you in the backcountry. Here is Coquitlam’s SAR advice:
They also suggest the Wikipedia background and information article on the ten essentials which is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials
AdventureSmart (at https://www.adventuresmart.ca/) provides great tips and advice on a wide range of topics. This includes safety for different outdoor activities, recommendations on trip planning, gear, cougar awareness, for Survive Outside, and much more.
If you are going to the mountains, either on Vancouver Island or the mainland, you may need more weather information than the local forecasters provide. There is an excellent mountain weather site which is very professional and detailed. For example, it has forecasts for Mt. Washington at different elevations, so both the nordic and the alpine areas are separate. Here is the link for the Mt. Washington nordic elevation:
From this link you can get to the alpine forecast or other mountains.
If you are going to the mountains and venturing out of controlled areas in the winter, you would want to check the avalanche bulletin. Here is the avalanche report for Vancouver Island: https://www.islandavalanchebulletin.com/#weather