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, September 25
Eaton Lake - Rating D7 (8.2km/960m)

Location: Silver-Skagit Rd (near Hope)
This hike 13km East of Silver Lake Provincial Park offers lovely forest and waterfalls, but it's a hard climb up the trail to beautiful Eaton Lake.  Be prepared for steep switchbacks, log creek crossings and a rockfield near the lake.  We will take our time and hope for good weather. If the forecast is for significant rain, we will do an easier hike instead. Link to ClubTread description
Leaders Denis Laplante & Teresa Gagné will be camping in the area on Friday & Saturday nights (hopefully at Silver Lake Prov. Pk.), so you can do the same, or meet us at the trail signpost on Silver-Skagit Rd. (20km from the Highway 1 turnoff, ~170km from Vancouver) at 9:30am Sunday

Be sure to let us know if you are planning to join us; we'll check our email on Saturday afternoon. Since we'll be out of town please advise us asap if you are hoping to capool from Vancouver so we can try to connect people up.

Contact: d_t_01 (at) shaw.ca  

Saturday, October 1
Mount Frosty hike (Difficulty Rating D8)

Strenuous hike to see the golden larches and other fall colours on Mount Frosty in Manning Provincial Park. Pack lunch and lots of water; good hiking boots are required and poles are recommended. Prepare for wind, rain and possibly snow; we'll plan another hike if conditions there are excessively wet. Contact Bill Kinkaid to register. Difficulty Rating D8.

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 - www.northerndivine.com. 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
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 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.

 

Sunday, October 16
Hayward Lake Mushrooms - Reservoir Trail (difficulty rating B6)

Location: Hayward/Stave Lake (w. of Mission)    Carpool: 7:00am at Franklin & Penticton.

The Ruskin Dam and Railway Trail are both closed, so instead of a round trip this will be a 17km ‘there and back again’ hike along the east side of Hayward Lake.  We’ll enjoy rolling terrain in a beautiful mixed conifer forest with a variety of birds, waterfalls, bridges over mossy creeks and some lake views in addition to mushrooms.  The trails are generally well maintained, but expect some steeper sections and wet or muddy areas.  Dress for the weather including good boots or hiking shoes, and pack lunch and fluids.  The early start should leave us time to hike at a leisurely place with stops for mushrooming along the way.  Map Link

Alternate meeting point8:15am @ Reservoir Trail P.L. east of Blind Slough Dam at Stave Falls.  

Please contact leader:  Teresa Gagné at 604-437-4453 or d_t_01 (at) shaw.ca esp. if you’re meeting us at the trailhead.

 

If there is enough interest I will offer an informal 'Beginners Guide to Mushrooms' talk on the evening before the hike.

 

Saturday, October 22
Cypress Falls Park, West Vancouver: Old-growth trees & falls

A joint event for Old Growth Conservancy Society and Nature Vancouver. Trip leader: David Cook. Meeting time and location: For car-pooling and those travelling by bus meet at 0930 hours at the Park & Ride of Park Royal North, West Vancouver (on the roof). Alternatively, meet in the parking lot at the end of Woodgreen Place off Woodgreen Drive, West Vancouver at 1000 hours. Duration: 3 to 4 hours.Walking distance: 2 to 3 km. Terrain: The trails are poorly defined and poorly maintained in many places. Caution is required where there are steep drop-offs into the Cypress Creek canyon. There are rough and slippery sections of trail and hiking boots with deep tread and ankle support are essential. Difficulty rating: Approximates “C”. Elevation gain: Approximately 110 metres. Description of event: A slow interpretive natural history hike along the trails of Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver. Cypress Falls Park contains one of the North Shore’s oases of old-growth forest with two waterfalls in a pocket canyon formed by Cypress Creek. There will be a focus on the ecology and need for protection of old-growth forests.

Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather. Registration not required. Memberships in Nature Vancouver and the Old Growth Conservancy Society are not required. There is no cost except for sharing of gas from Park Royal.

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.