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.

Saturday, March 10
Cypress Provincial Park snowshoeing
Explore Cypress Provincial Park by snowshoe. This is a joint trip with Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park and will will include Yew Lake and Meadows, the Old Growth Loop and the Bowen Lookout. Dress for cold and possibly damp weather (several layers are better than one heavy jacket) including water-resistant pants/leggings and footwear; if it's sunny, good UV-protective sunglasses and sunscreen are strongly recommended (note that if it's cloudy in the city it may be sunny on the mountain). Bring a lunch and warm beverage. This is a mostly easy walk with a moderate uphill to the lookout, and no prior experience with snowshoes is required. 
If you don't have your own snowshoes, we recommend renting from MEC. Rentals are available at the mountain but not in the area we'll be visiting. There is no charge for parking or to use the trails but all participants must obtain a waiver from Cypress Mountain Recreation in the Brown Bag Room at the old Black Mountain Lodge, in addition to signing the Nature Vancouver release form. Carpool at Park Royal McDonald's at 0800 or meet at Black Mountain Lodge at 0845 (not the new Cypress Creek Lodge). Winter tires are required for the road to the ski area. Difficulty rating B-C5. Contact Bill Kinkaid and Lyn Grants.
Also note that changes in parking regulations at Cypress Bowl may require snowshoers to park further down the road than we're accustomed to, so please contact the leader and allow extra time if meeting us on the mountain.
Saturday, March 17
Birding Queen Elizabeth Park

This is a half day walk through the park to see regular plus early migrant birds. Beginner birders welcome. Meet in between the dog walk area and the pitch and putt in the east parking lot at 8:30 am. Washrooms, free parking. Leader: Adrian 604 263 7957

Sunday, March 18
Barnston Island - difficulty rating B5

Visit  Barnston Island to look for early migrant birds and other signs of spring and enjoy mountain views and scenes along the Fraser River. This is an easy but long (10 km) walk around the perimeter of the island, mostly on flat paved roads. Pack lunch and a warm beverage and prepare for all weather conditions. Carpool at Franklin and Penticton at 0800 or meet at the ferry (free) at the east end of 104th Avenue in Surrey at 0845. Difficulty rating B5. Contact Bill Kinkaid.

Saturday, March 24
Birding at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada RP

Join us for a half day birding trip to Coquitlam's DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. Osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows should be back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants will also be moving through the area. With luck we should catch a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will position an appropriate number of vehicles in the parking lot off Quarry Road in Minnekhada RP for our return trip. Larry Cowan 604-307-0931

Wednesday, March 28
One-Day Trip to Vancouver Island to see the Herring Run
As we near our 100th Anniversary of being a Society, we are pleased to announce a repeat of this field trip - a familiar activity from the past! It's a rare and authentic experience to see Canada's largest Pacific Herring spawn. Stay tuned for more details.
Friday, March 30
Okanagan Mountain backpacking trip
Easter weekend backpacking trip to look for spring birds and flowers at Okanagan Mountain south of Kelowna. The overnight destination is to be decided, but we expect a strenuous hike of 10-12 kilometres with approximately 500 metres elevation gain to our campsite. We'll camp for two nights and explore further on the day in between. Snow is a possibility and overnight freezing temperatures are likely, but daytime weather should be clear and sunny. NOTE: ticks are expected in the area. 
Each person is responsible for their own food and equipment though some sharing of equipment is possible. Carpooling will be arranged. Limit of ten participants. Contact Daphne Nagorsen and Bill Kinkaid for more information and to register - deadline is Wednesday 21 March.
Saturday, April 21
Birding Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join us for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Nicola Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0830. We will then carpool to our starting location. Larry Cowan 604 307 0931

Sunday, April 22
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 arriving shorebirds and early migrants.  We'll start by exploring the inner ponds and then work our way through the outer ponds and along the river.  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, April 28
Galiano Island hike - difficulty level C6

Moderately strenuous day hike to Galiano Island for spring birds and flowers and views. This is a 12 km hike on forest trails and roads with two fairly steep climbs and descents from sea level to 300 metres and back down. Pack lunch and water, wear good boots or hiking shoes and come prepared for all weather. Meet on the Gulf Islands ferry departing 0855 from Tsawwassen terminal. Take bus #620 from Bridgeport Canada Line station or Ladner Exchange; for carpooling, please contact the leader by Thursday evening. Please note that foot passengers must be at the terminal ten minutes before departure. The return ferry leaves Galiano at 1650 and returns to Tsawwassen at 1745. Adult fare is currently $19.80 from Tsawwassen and $10.20 for the return. Difficulty level C7. Contact Bill Kinkaid.

Saturday, May 19
Stein Valley backpacking trip
Victoria Day long weekend backpacking trip to the Stein Valley near Lytton. We'll hike in to the Teepee campsite for two nights and explore further up the valley on the day in between. The hike in is a moderately strenuous 8 kilometres on a good trail with minimal net elevation gain but one steep up and down section.  
Each person is responsible for their own food and equipment though some sharing of equipment is possible. Carpooling will be arranged. Limit of ten participants. Contact Daphne Nagorsen and Bill Kinkaid for more information and to register (deadline is Sunday 6 May).