Field Trips

Field Trips



Nature Vancouver offers a variety of field trips, including birding outings, nature walks, boat trips, day hikes, short backpacking trips and snowshoe trips.

Non-members are welcome to join field trips as a way to review the activities of the Society but are asked to limit their participation to a maximum of three events.

For more information about Nature Vancouver field trips, contact the Field Trip Coordinator or the Hiking and Backpacking Team Leader.



Field trips are scheduled on most weekends and some week days.   See our calendar of events

Other organizations host regular walks that might be of interest to members: see the ongoing events page.

Birding at Grant Narrows will take place at Grant Narrows on 23/Jun/2018 at 8:15 am - 1:00 pm

Elk Mountain hike (Difficulty rating D6) will take place at on 24/Jun/2018 at 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Botany Walk at Yew Lake will take place at Cypress Mountain on 30/Jun/2018 at 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Birding Field trip at Colony Farm Regional Park will take place at Colony Farm Regional Park on 15/Jul/2018 at 8:15 am - 1:00 pm

Birding at Grant Narrows will take place at Grant Narrows on 04/Aug/2018 at 8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Birding Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke will take place at DeBoville Slough on 01/Sep/2018 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Difficulty Rating System (Field Trips and Hikes)

Nature Vancouver uses a field trip classification system by rating the level of difficulty and adding an estimate of the time to be spent on the trail. The trip leader is responsible for deciding on the appropriate classification in conjunction with the Field Trip Coordinator.  If this will be your first Nature Vancouver field trip, please review the  guidelines for trip participants .

The difficulty rating system is as follows:

  1. Easy: easy path or road with minimal elevation change and minimal hazards. Examples: Lost Lagoon, Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
  2. Moderate: trail with possible rocks, roots or other hazards. Moderate grade, occasional steep but short sections. Up to 200m elevation change. Examples: Norvan Falls, Pacific Spirit Park.
  3. Strenuous: moderately steep gradient. 100 m to 500 m elevation change. Examples: Hollyburn Peak, Mount Galiano.
  4. Very strenuous: constant steep gradient. 500m to 1,000 m elevation change. Examples: Elk Mountain, Rainbow Lake.

The expected duration of the field trip is added to the letter category to obtain a combined letter/figure rating. Example: A C6 hike will be a C hike, as described above, with an estimated time on the trail of 6 hours. The estimated time spent during a field trip does not include driving or other travel times.


Please review the documents below as they contain important information about trip preparation, carpooling and transportation, associated costs, and more. 


Please read the release of liability waiver. Anyone participating in a Nature Vancouver field day trip or overnight trip must complete and sign a waiver form. 




Photos by Bill Kinkaid