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, 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


Sunday, September 4
Flatiron Peak hike (Difficulty level D8)

Exploratory hike to Flatiron Peak via the Needle Peak trail. This is a very strenuous hike on a steep trail which begins high up on the Coquihalla Highway, to an open rocky plateau with tarns. Estimated distance is 11 km return with elevation gain of 700 metres. Good boots are essential and poles are recommended. Pack lunch, rain gear and lots of water. Difficulty level D8. Pre-registration is required - contact Bill Kinkaid.


Saturday, September 10
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, 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:  This trip is full and there is a long waiting list. Plans are in the works for a repeat trip in spring 2017.


Saturday, September 17
Mount Baker hike (Difficulty Rating C-D6)

Strenuous day hike in the Mount Baker area, either to Chain Lakes or Lake Ann.  Contact Bill Kinkaid for more information and to register. Difficulty Rating C-D6.


Saturday, October 8
Birding at Colony Farm

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet your leader Larry Cowan at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. adjacent to the Community Gardens at 0900. 604-307-0931


Wednesday, October 12
Intertidal Exploration of Porpoise Bay (Sechelt) plus tour of Northern Divine Aquafarms Ltd. (Sechelt Inlet) - Wed Oct 12th.

On this full-day field trip, we will first explore the intertidal at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Low tide is at 12:13 pm (0.9 m./2.9 ft) so we should arrive at the park's beach at 11 AM. Our second stop will be at a land-based aquafarm that raises sturgeon and coho: Northern Divine Aquafarms Ltd - The farm is a 15-20 min drive from the beach. We are schedule to be there promptly at 2 PM for a 1 - 1.5 hr tour of the facility. The cost of the tour is the purchase of either a jar of caviar ($88) or a six-pack of canned, smoked sturgeon meat ($72). The intention is to share in the purchase and consumption amongst the participants at a location on our return. It will go great with some nice crackers! We will take the 9:20 AM ferry from Horseshoe Bay, returning on the 4:30 pm ferry. We will be carpooling and will share the ferry cost, plus the NV carpool rate for the drivers. Bring lunch and dress appropriately for changing weather. Rubber boots or water shoes are recommended for the beach exploration. This trip is limited to 15 participants. Pre-register with the trip leader Abby Schwarz. Difficulty rating A-4.


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.


Saturday, November 5
Birding at DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP

Join leader Larry Cowan for this half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. The area is home to many over wintering species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river with the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in NE Coquitlam at 0900. We will position an appropriate number of vehicles in the parking area off Quarry Road in Minnekhada RP for our return trip. 604-307-0931


Saturday, November 12
Eagle Tour from Harrison Mills with guest speaker David Hancock on November 12, 2016
Join us for boat tour with guest speaker David Hancock (eagle expert) on the Harrison River to see feasting Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans among other birds on the water.
Each fall millions of salmon return to the Fraser and Harrison River to spawn. Soon after the salmon return gets underway, hundreds (often thousands) of bald eagles begin to descend on the area eager to gorge themselves on the carcasses. These impressive raptors can be viewed from the land but the best way to get up close to the eagles is on board the custom designed all weather jet boat. This boat has large windows that slide open, providing excellent opportunities for viewing and photography.
The river tour is only one part of this unique outing as we have stop at one of BC Historical Sites. This part of the adventure will take your group up to Kilby Historic Site to tour the museum and farm which only enhances the experience.
Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment - $115 cheque made out to Nature Vancouver and mailed to Bengül.
This price includes Tour guide/interpreter, entrance to Kilby Historic Site and lunch.
The trip is rain or shine unless our captain decides to cancel due to inclement weather or rough water. If it is cancelled, we can reschedule. Please bring full rain gear, extra warm clothing, woolly hat and gloves. Bring a snack, water, binoculars and your camera.
Be at Kilby Historic site (215 Kilby Rd) at 10:30 am (sign in and washroom break):
Registration is limited to 19 (nineteen) participants and deadline is November 4. To register or for further information contact June Ryder at (604) 736-4189 or june or Bengül by email bengul.
No cancellations 48 hours prior to the trip.