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.

Tuesday, July 5
Juan De Fuca Trail backpack

Juan De Fuca Trail back packing trip, Tuesday July 5 to Saturday July 9th.

This popular strenuous coastal trail spans Botany Bay to China Beach in the Sooke Region of Vancouver Island.  Although it is possible to visit each section of this trail as a series of day trips, our group will be taking it head-on as a backpacking trip.  If you are prepared for a strenuous trip involving ladders, suspension bridges, mud and creeks then this might be a trip for you.  Go to and   for further descriptions.


If you are interested, contact the trip leader Elena:  clearskys AT   This is not a first come first serve list, but instead participants will be accepted based on several criteria including recent verifiable backpacking experience, fitness and commitment to cooperating with the team.


Saturday, July 9
Birding Colony Farm RP

Join Larry Cowan for a half-day birding trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. On our 2015 outing we added two new species to this July list. Highlights were Lazuli Bunting, & Eastern Kingbird. Meet at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. at 0815. 604-307-0931


Saturday, July 9
Intertidal Exploration at Centennial Beach, Boundary Bay Regional Park - July 9, 1 PM

Enjoy an afternoon exploring expansive sandflats and eelgrass beds while the spring tides are still low. We'll walk several kilometres to the water's edge. Learn about the significant historical influences on the flora and fauna that have adapted to living inside the sheltered expanse of Boundary Bay. 

Please wear the appropriate attire for sun (visor and sun screen), wind or rain. Rubber boots or waterproof booties are ideal; or get your feet wet. Bring water and a snack. Field trip goes rain or shine.

Please contact your leader Sheila Byers if you have any questions or would like to carpool.

DIRECTIONS: Follow Highway 99 south onto Highway 17 and head west towards the BC Ferry terminal. Exit left at the intesection with 56th Street leading south to Tsawwassen. At 12th Avenue, turn left (eastward) and follow the road as it turns southward into Boundary Bay Road. Watch for 6B Avenue and follow signs to Boundary Bay Regional Park, past Cammidge house, to Centennial Beach. There is lots of parking near the concession stand. Meet at the beach edge south of the concession stand at 1:00 PM.

Sunday, July 10
Yew Lake wetland, Yew Lake old-growth and Bowen Lookout, Cypress Provincial Park

A joint field trip for Nature Vancouver and Friends of Cypress Provincial Park Society.

Meeting Time & location: 10:00 am at Park and Ride on roof of Park Royal North, West Vancouver for car-pooling. Trail-head meeting location at 10:30 am in the Cypress Bowl parking lot at Black Mountain Lodge (not Cypress Creek Lodge) at the end of the Cypress Bowl Road. 

Trip leaders: Katharine Steig 604-922-7949  David Cook 604-924-0147 

Duration: 2 or 4 hours depending on whether Bowen Lookout is included or not.

Terrain: Yew Lake and old growth trails are flat terrain. To Bowen Lookout is a steep climb but the trail is well maintained.

Difficulty ratings: A (Yew Lake) & C (Bowen Lookout).

Distances: Yew Lake plus old-growth (roundtrip) 2.5 km. Bowen Lookout and return an additional 1.5 km (roundtrip). Elevation gain from Yew Lake to Bowen Lookout: 120 m.

Description: We will look at the wetland ecology and geology of the Yew Lake area and the ecology of an old-growth forest. Our lunch stop will be Bowen lookout where there are spectacular views west across Howe Sound to the Tetrahedron Plateau. For those not wanting to go on to Bowen Lookout, a separate lunch stop will be arranged. Dress for changes in weather. Hiking boots recommended for Bowen Lookout and poles may assist some. Registration not required.


Tuesday, July 12
Summer Social in the VanDusen Gardens' Cedar Room

We are having a Summer Afternoon Social, an event for all our members, as well as NatureKids at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver on July 12th, from 1pm to 4pm. We will gather in the Cedar Room (in a separate building from the main garden entrance). As we do with the Christmas Social, we hope you’ll bring something edible to share (enough for 6 people is sufficient) and the club will provide the beverages, napkins etc. It promises to be quite an intergenerational group that afternoon, from NatureKids to our Long Life members. And yes, we will be visiting the garden which is very amenable to all levels of walking ability. The garden booking folks need me to provide a list of names for garden entry, so it is “a must” that you preregister with me by July 2 at 604-787-4883 or

Saturday, July 16
Mystery hike

There will be a day hike on Saturday 16 July. The location is to be decided closer to the date but expect a reasonably strenuous hike. Contact Bill Kinkaid to register.

Saturday, July 16
Revelstoke CampOut

A group interested in camping together in summer 2016 have organized a one week camping event for the 2nd half of July 2016.

Arrive Sat July 16 2016; Depart Sunday July 24, 2016

The event will be at a campsite on a lake, close to Revelstoke, accessible by car (Williamson's Lake) It will involve a week of trip events with the following options all possible:

1) Mount Revelstoke National Park (18 trip options identified so far) 2) Glacier National Park (14 trip options identified so far) 3) local trails 4) the option of a a HeliHike - in the Ghost Peak area, co-led by a local hikers Many of the trails are in the alpine. Mount Revelstoke has a road to the alpine. Trailheads in Glacier Park are close to the alpine.

Camping arrangements: we have arrangements to stay at a commercial campground, with the option of cooking your own food or having group provisioning and common eating arrangements with prepared food supplied.

At present the group size is limited, reservations and prepayment is required. At present we can accommodate 42, possibly more. Early registration is the only way of ensuring available space.

Revelstoke is a 6 hour drive from Vancouver. For further information, campsite registration and links to information on hiking trails and local attractions, please send an e-mail indicating interest to Harry.


Monday, July 25
Rockwall Trail backpacking trip

This will be a very strenuous 5 night backpacking hike to the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park. The hike will begin on 25 July and finish 30 July. Completion of a recent overnight hike is a prerequisite, with team participants chosen by the leader. Each hiker is expected to be self-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though some sharing of equipment is likely and carpooling will be arranged. Contact Bill Kinkaid if interested.

APRIL 25 UPDATE: Backcountry reservations have been made, so this trip is now booked up. Other participants will be considered, but you'll need to make your own arrangements for backcountry reservations.


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
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