Field Trip Schedule

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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 Monday 19 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
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 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.