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.

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Saturday, July 29
Yew Lake Area Botany Walk - A3

Join Eva Nagy and Eileen Pinkerton for a 3 - 4 hrs. botany exploration of Yew Lake and surrounding area. At this unique sub-alpine level on the North Shore Mountains both low and high elevation plant species can be found growing side by side. The mostly level Yew Lake Trail and Old-Growth Loop pass through meadows, wetlands and special old-growth forest. Focus will be on plant ID, with emphasis on what’s in bloom presently compared to two weeks ago. This will be the third walk on the same theme.  Bring lunch, water, and protective clothing for changing mountain weather. -  Meet at 10:30 a.m. outside Black Mountain Lodge in the Cypress Bowl parking lot (not Cypress Creek Lodge).

 PLEASE register with Eva at 604-929-4286 or  Also, please let Eva know if you need a ride up the mountain.

Sunday, July 30
Alpine hike (Difficulty Rating D6-8)

Strenuous day hike, destination to be determined. If the Screaming Cat Lake trail is clear of snow (originally planned for 9 July) we will retry it; if not we will do a hike elsewhere in the Squamish/Whistler area or possibly the Coquihalla. Expect a hike of at least 15 km with 700-900 metres elevation gain. Pack lunch and bring lots of water, and be prepared for wet trail conditions with the possibility of late snow. Rating D6-8. Pre-registration is required - contact Bill Kinkaid and Daphne Nagorsen prior to Thursday 13 July or between Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 July.



Saturday, August 5
Birding 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. Then we will walk a short distance 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 6
Mt. Strachan Geology Hike - Cypress Provincial Park (difficulty rating C5)

Leader: David Cook. Distance 7 km. Duration 5 to 6 hrs. Elv. gain 500 m. This will be a slow hike up the Collins Ski Run to the South Peak of Mt. Strachan (1442 m) with many stops on the way to view the geology of the area. We will make a short side-trip to look at an area of sub-alpine pasture returning to forest after an ancient lightning fire. The ski run has a loose pebbly surface: hiking boots with ankle support and hiking poles recommended. Full day hike: dress for changing mountain weather; bring lunch and adequate water.  Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Black Mtn. Lodge (not Cypress Creek Lodge). Registration advised in case of cancellation due to unfavourable weather: Contact David at or 604-924-0147 to register.



Saturday, August 19
Whistler/ Blackcomb Botanical Themes and Variations #2 – High Note Circuit Hike (difficulty rating C8-9)

Hike Location: Whistler Summer Hiking Trails;  Meeting Point: Park Royal South Macdonalds;  Meeting Time: 7:30am;     Preregistration required

The second in a series of botanically focused day hikes on summer trails in the Whistler/Blackcomb alpine area. 

Inspired by Singing Pass and other musical trail names, this "Botanical Themes and Variations" series will allow us to explore a symphony of alpine flowers as they develop through the season.  The hikes will be a full day, but moderately paced to allow time for photos.  At this time of year we can expect a richness of colour, with paintbrush, lupines, asters, penstemon, arnica and louseworts all in near peak bloom.  Lots of flowers = lots of insects, so we can also expect mosquitoes and blackflies as well as beautiful alpine butterflies.

For this "mid season" hike we will do the High Note Loop with its stunning views of Black Tusk & Cheakamus Lake.  Our hike will likely include the Whistler Summit, High Note, Harmony Lake and Spearhead Walk trails for a total hike length of 12-3km with ~430m of elevation gain.   Some trails include steep and narrow sections.  Hiking boots are required and poles are encouraged.  Please dress for changing mountain weather conditions and carry lots of water.

There may be the potential for people who want a shorter outing to opt out of some trail sections but an additional leader will not be provided.

The Peak to Peak 360 - Summer Season Access Pass  (advance purchase recommended) gives unlimited trips on all gondolas and lifts from May to early October.  If purchased a least two days ahead it costs $79.95 (Adult) and $69.95 (senior) which is only 30% more than a single day pass.

Pre-register with trip leaders Teresa Gagné & Denis Laplante <email: d_t_01 (at) shaw (dot) ca> home: 604-437-4453.

Saturday, August 19
Rainbow Lake hike (Difficulty Rating D8)
A moderate pace, strenuous (16 km return, approximately 6-7 hours, 825 m elevation gain) day hike to Rainbow Lake near Whistler together with North Shore Hikers. Please register with Bengul, if you are interested in joining us.
Carpool at Park Royal Park & Ride at 07:30 am or 9:00 am at trail head on Alta Lake Road in Whistler. Bring lunch, snacks and water, wear good hiking boots and prepare for mountain weather. Level D8. Contact Bengul , if you need any additional information.  I won't be able to reply immediately until August 15.
Sunday, August 20
Blue Gentian Lake Loop – Cypress Provincial Park (difficulty rating B4)

Leader: Lyn Grants. Leisurely 4 hr, 3.2 km hike with frequent botany stops. 180 m. gain.  Return via West Lake.  Good hiking boots and poles recommended for some stony sections down & up. Dress for changing mountain weather; bring lunch & adequate water. Carpool from Park&Ride on roof of Park Royal North at 9:00 a.m. or meet at Hollyburn Nordic Area BC Parks Kiosk at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Lyn at or 604-980-9050.



Saturday, August 26
Black Mtn. Baden-Powell Trail to Eagle Bluff – Cypress Provincial Park (difficulty rating C5)

Leader: Anne Leathem.  Strenuous 8.6 km, 5-6 hrs hike; 490 m gain. Hike up steep B-P Trail to Cabin Lake, over Black Mtn., then SW past several small lakes, descending gradually to Eagle Bluff. Views of Georgia Strait and Mt. Baker. Good hiking boots with ankle support and hiking poles recommended. Dress for changing mountain weather. Bring lunch & adequate water. Carpool from Park&Ride on roof of Park Royal North (west end of roof) at 9 a.m. or meet at 9:30 a.m. at Black Mtn. Lodge (not Cypress Creek Lodge). Contact or 604-988-9390.

Saturday, September 2
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 Nicola 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 2
Three Brothers Backpacking Trip

Moderately strenuous two night backpacking hike, beginning Saturday morning and returning Monday afternoon. The destination will be the Buckhorn campsite on the Heather Trail in Manning Provincial Park. Each hiker must be self-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though sharing of equipment is encouraged and carpooling will be arranged. Please note that we'll be camping at a high subalpine elevation where cold and damp nights are expected, and possibly frost and snow. Leaders are Bill Kinkaid and Daphne Nagorsen; please contact by Friday 24 August. Limit of twelve participants.