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, 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
Backpacking Trip to HBC Heritage Trail

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 another section of the HBC Heritage Trail from the Coquihalla Highway. 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 by Monday 26 June to register. Limit of twelve participants.


Saturday, July 1
Yew Lake Area Botany Walk (Difficulty level B4)
Join Eva Nagy and Katharine Steig for a 2.5 hrs. exploration of the Yew Lake area. Unique North Shore Mtns. sub-alpine area at 925 m. elev. where  both low and high elevation plant species can be found growing side by side. The 2.5 km, mostly level Yew Lake Trail and Old-Growth Loop pass through meadows, wetlands and special old-growth forest. Focus will be on plant ID & recording what’s in bloom. Bring a lunch, water, and protective clothing for changing mountain weather. Meet at 10:30 a.m. outside Black Mtn. Lodge (not Cypress Creek Lodge) in the Cypress Bowl parking lot. PLEASE register with Eva at 604-929-4286 or Let Eva know if you need a ride up the mountain. Contact Katharine at 604-922-7949 or if more information is needed.
Saturday, July 8
Birding at 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 8
2nd Annual "Summer Afternoon in the Garden"

All members & their families are invited to attend our 2nd Annual "Summer Afternoon at the VanDusen Garden". Meet in the Cedar Room starting at 1:00pm, enjoy some eats and visit with others. All attendees can enter the gardens and enjoy a stroll or help younger members of your family find the answers for a scavenger hunt. All members will enjoy free entry to the garden. Please bring a savoury or sweet food item to share (6-10 pieces is a good rule of thumb). Hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

Please bring your Nature Vancouver membership card with you to show the attendant at the entrance to the gardens (we have purchased a block of tickets, and they need to know you are a member). If you are also a member of the VanDusen Garden, please bring that membership card with you, as well.

RSVP to Helen at or phone: 604-787-4883.


Sunday, July 9
Skywalk North - Screaming Cat Lake Hike (Difficulty Rating D8 - Very Strenuous)

A partly exploratory hike along the Skywalk North and related trails to Screaming Cat Lake. Expect a strenuous full day hike of near twenty kilometres return with approximately 900 metres elevation gain. Pre-registration required by July 2. Contact Daphne Nagorsen to register.


Sunday, July 16
Rocky Mountain Backpacking trip

There will be a 5 night backpacking hike during the week of 16-23 July 2017 on the Brazeau Trail in Jasper National Park. Completion of a recent overnight hike is a prerequisite. Each hiker is to be sulf-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though some sharing of equipment is possible and carpooling may be arranged. We've made backcountry reservations but we may consider fitting in one or two more persons.  Contact Bill Kinkaid if you're interested.


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

Strenuous day hike to Manning Park, Coquihalla area or the Squamish/Whistler area. The location will depend on snow and road conditions, but expect a hike of 12-15 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 prior to Thursday 13 July or on 24-25 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


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