Field Trip Schedule

For detailed information about Field Trips, Field Trips Policy, Guidelines for Field Trip Leaders and "Release of Liability" form, please click on Field Trips - General Info.

Nature Vancouver recommends trip participants review the Release of Liability waiver before the day of the trip.

Sunday, July 31
We're going hiking!

Dates and locations are unconfirmed past July, but there will be several day hikes to the mountains in our region through August and the autumn, as long as conditions allow. Further details will be posted on the website as they are confirmed. If you're interested or have any particular hikes in mind (or want to lead one!) please contact Bill Kinkaid, Hiking and Backpacking Team Leader.


Saturday, August 6
Alpine hike

There will be a strenuous day hike on this day, either in the Coquihalla or Mount Baker area depending on weather and snow conditions. Contact Bill Kinkaid for more information and to register.

Saturday, August 6
Birding Field Trip at Grant Narrows

On this half day birding field trip in Pitt Meadows we will bird the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough north to Grant Narrows followed by a short walk along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock's Oriole, Eastern Kingbird & possibly American Redstart, who knows what else may turn up. Meet leader Larry Cowan in the Grant Narrows parking area at 0830. 604-307-0931


Sunday, August 14
Swan Falls Loop


Swan Falls Loop in Butzen Lake Park is reported to be a beautiful hike with spectacular views.  However, you must work hard for these benefits as it is a strenuous and long hike involving steep ascents and descents.  Ropes are available on some sections.  Total elevation gain is approximately 1200m and the distance is 20 km.  This may exceed 9 hours of hiking. Participants are required to have headlamps.  Expect some mud and mosquitos.  We will start on the Halvor Lunden Trail (a former Nature Vancouver member) to Ploytrichum lookout.

We will continue past Wren and Chickadee lakes to Lindsay Junction following the path I have traced in red on this image.


Then we will continue to Swan Falls Junction and down to the power house road.  We will return via the Butzen Lake trail where the road connects with it.  Again, see path traced in red. 

If we find that time is not on our side then we will retrace our path from the Lindsay Lake loop area.  This trip will be rescheduled due to rain or thick cloud, please look for a confirmation email from the trip leader on August 13.  Registration is necessary, participants must be fit and prepared to complete the trip, due to the steep nature of the trails it would not be advisable to signout and return on one’s own. D9.  Trip Leader: Elena clearskys AT

Sunday, August 28
Black bear feeding area, Lynn Creek/Seymour River wildlife corridor, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) and Lynn Canyon Park, North Vancouver.

A joint field trip for Nature Vancouver and the North Shore Black Bear Society.

Meeting Location: Main entrance doors, Superstore, 333 Seymour Blvd., North Vancouver for car-pooling which is required because there is very limited parking at the trail-head. Meeting time: 10:30 am.

Duration & length of walk: 2 to 3 hours. Trip leader: David Cook 604-924-0147.

Terrain: The trail in LSCR is well-maintained. The trails that we will be using in Lynn Canyon Park are wide and well used but not maintained and have muddy and rooty sections. All trails are moderate terrain with an elevation gain for the day of 50 metres. For those who wish to climb Lookout Hill at the end of the field trip add another 70 metres of elevation gain. Difficulty rating: A & B depending on whether Lookout Hill is included or not. 

Description of event: The focus will be on the behavior of black bears in their natural environment. You will have an opportunity to learn about the various natural foods preferred by our local black bears in two very different ecosystems; a forested area with a high level of coarse woody debris and an unforested berry-bush area. You will see the plant species foraged by bears and a number of bear signs such as bear-marked trees, excavated rotten logs and a den. Registration not required.


Saturday, September 3
Birding Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join Larry Cowan for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Sherling Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s fourth September field trip for this route we added another 8 species to this growing list bringing the total to 68. This route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. Come out and help us add to the total. Meet in the main parking area at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will then carpool to our starting point on Sherling Place. 604-370-0931


Saturday, September 10
Indian Arm boat tour

5 hour boat tour of Indian Arm. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join your fellow Nature Vancouver friends for a five hour boat tour of Indian Arm up to Wigwam Inn, viewing wildlife, First Nations Pictographs, Silver Falls, Buntzen Power Stations and Thwaytes Landing.  

We will rendezvous at the Deep Cove Government Dock at 10:00 a.m. and board the Oceanwatch 11 vessel, owned and operated by Indian Arm Recreational Services.  (You can view the vessel on their website). There is a washroom on board. You are welcome to bring your lunch on board (there is no food or drink to buy on board). We will return to Deep Cove at 3:00 p.m.  

Bill Kinkaid and David Cook will be the naturalists on board. David will distribute an annotated map of Indian Arm to everyone.

To reserve your seat, please phone Cynthia Crampton (604 738-1405). Nature Vancouver members will have first choice for seats. Cost for this five hour trip is $35, cheques to be made out to Nature Vancouver c/o Cynthia Crampton, 1230 Shorepine Walk, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3T8. Please don't send a cheque until you have confirmed a seat by phone. We will pass the hat for a loonie or two for the crew.

Please note:  Cynthia is away for the month of May, so can only return your calls from June onwards.



Saturday, September 24
Half-day Birding Field Trip Iona Regional Park

Join John Chandler  for a half-day birding trip to Iona Regional Park in Richmond.  We will be looking for migrants including shorebirds and warblers.   We'll start by exploring the outer ponds and then work our way through the inner ponds.  If you are interested, you can walk the South Jetty after the field trip.  Dress for chilly and/or wet weather. Meet John in the parking lot by the washrooms at 0830. Contact John at 604-839-8777.

Saturday, October 15
Half-day Birding Field Trip at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join John Chandler for a half-day birding trip to Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  We will be looking for late migrants and returning Snow Geese. Remember to bring money for the small admission fee and dress for chilly and/or wet weather.  You may want to bring your lunch and a hot drink to enjoy in the warming hut after your walk.  Meet John at the Reifel gift shop at 0900. Contact John at 604-839-8777.