Field Trip Schedule

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Saturday, May 27
Coquihalla Canyon & Quintette Tunnels hike (Difficulty level C6)

Look for spring birds and flowers on a hike along the old Kettle Valley Rail trail and the Hope-Nicola Valley trail to the Othello (Quintette) Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park near Hope. The majority of this hike is on a flat railbed, but there will be one steep climb of about 240m to a low divide where we will look for trilliums, calypso orchids, wild ginger and other spring flowers. We will make a loop trip through the tunnels and return to the trailhead. Pack lunch and water, wear hiking boots with good tread and pack rain gear. Rating C6. Carpool at Franklin and Penticton at 0700 or meet at Memorial Park in Hope at 0845 (corner of 8th Avenue and Wallace Street - directions). Contact Bill Kinkaid.


Saturday, May 27
Iona Spring Birding

 This birding walk is the 5th in a series at Iona Regional Park to identify the changing species as migrants are passing through or summer birds arrive.Typically the group tallies 35- 40 species.Meet.leader,Colin Clark,at 9:00 am ,in the parking lot ,near the washrooms, at the end of the Iona road.Wear suitable footwear as some gravel and mud on the trails.


Saturday, May 27
Geology along Kitsilano Beach

Meeting location: Will be revealed on registration. Time: 12:00 Noon. Duration: 3 to 4 hours. Terrain: Pebbly beach walk. Elevation gain: NilEvent description: The tide will be low and we will walk along the shore between Kitsilano and Jericho beaches looking at the rocks and land features of Burrard Inlet. We will see coal-bearing sandstones laid down in 50-million year old river deltas, the roots of 32 million year old volcanoes and how the unceasing action of the waves is slowly eating away the beach frontage. Looking around Burrard Inlet, we will observe rocks and land forms that were created over the last 100 million years by plate tectonics, sea-level changes and ice movement. The route will be muddy, rocky and slippery with many puddles left by the retreating tide so wear appropriate footwear. Registration: Because of a need to limit the size of the group and because the event may be rescheduled due to weather, registration is required. Contact David at 604-924-0147 or to register and receive details as to the meeting location.


Saturday, June 10
Cheakamus Lake Hike (Difficulty Rating B6 - Moderate)

A hike along the Cheakamus River and Cheakamus Lake to Singing Creek campsite. This is an approximately 15 km hike with limited elevation change. 

This hike requires pre-registration by June 4. To register, contact Daphne Nagorsen.


Saturday, June 10
Iona Spring Birding

This the 6th and last of the 2017 series to identify as many species around the Iona ponds as possible. See the Purple Martin colony and Yellow-headed Blackbirds colony area. Meet leader Colin Clark at 9:00 am at Iona Regional Park, in the parking lot near the washrooms. Duration about 3 hours.


Friday, June 23
Geology of Caulfeild Park and the coastline of Burrard Inlet

Meeting Location: Will be revealed on registration. Meeting time: 10:00 am. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Terrain: Rocky coastal bluffsElevation Gain: Insignificant. Event description: The world-famous geology visible in the ice-smoothed rocks along the shoreline of Caulfeild Park will be explained. These rocks clearly illustrate how 400 million-year-old meta-volcanic rocks underwent a process called granitization. Geologists consider this site of great value in illustrating some of the processes that took place during the formation of granitic rocks that now make up most of the North Shore mountains. This value has now been recognized by the recent designation of the Park as a Heritage Place. I am seeking support for an additional designation as a geoheritage site for this area. We will also observe the geology and land forms around the Outer Harbour of Burrard Inlet that are visible from Caulfeild Park.Registration: Because of a need to limit the size of the group and because the event may be rescheduled due to weather, registration is required. Contact David at 604-924-0147 or to register and receive details as to the meeting location.


Saturday, June 24
Birding at Grant Narrows

Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock's Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, & Band-tailed Pigeon. We have been successful locating American Redstart on our previous June field trips to this location. When birding in the Polder in June expect the unexpected. Meet the leader at 08:15 in the Grant Narrows’ parking lot. We will then car pool to our starting point at Catbird Slough. Larry Cowan 604 307 0931


Sunday, June 25
Elk Mountain hike (Difficulty Rating D6)

Elk Mountain near Chilliwack is one of the best late spring-early summer wildflower shows in our region, from woodland flowers at low elevations to subalpine flowers higher up. This is a strenuous hike with 800 metres elevation gain with some rough exposed spots on the trail; boots with good ankle support and tread are essential and poles are recommended. Pack lunch and bring lots of water, and be prepared for damp weather and trail conditions with a good possibility of late snow. Rating D6. Contact Bill Kinkaid - pre-registration is required by Friday 23 June.


Sunday, June 25
Intertidal Exploration at Centennial Beach, Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP) Sunday June 25, 11:30 AM

Enjoy a mid-day exploration of the extensive sandflats and eelgrass beds during the low spring tides. We will walk several kilometres to the water's edge as we identify the unique flora and fauna along the way. Learn the historical background of many of these species that have adapted to living inside the sheltered expanse of Boundary Bay. 

Trip difficulty rating: A. Plan on a 2.5 - 3 hr beach walk that goes rain or shine. Please wear appropriate attire for sun (visor & sun screen), wind or rain. Rubber boots or waterproof booties are necessary to reach the eelgrass beds; or be willing to get your feet wet. Bring water and a snack. 

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 intersection 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 the signs to BBRP, past Cammidge House, to Centennial Beach. Ther is lots of (?pay) parking near the Centennial Beach Cafe.

Meet at the beach adjacent to the cafe at 11:30 AM. Sheila will be carrying a large white bucket.    


Saturday, July 1
Long Weekend Backpacking Trip

There will be a moderately strenuous two night exploratory backpacking hike, beginning Saturday morning and returning Monday afternoon. The destination will depend on snow conditions, but the planned goal with be the South Slope in the Snowy Protected Area east of Cathedral Provincial Park.  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 to register.