Interpretive EcoWalk Through an Urban Forest
This EcoWalk is offered jointly by Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS) and Nature Vancouver. Free with donations to PSPS greatly appreciated.
Pacific Spirit Park is one of the largest parks in Metro Vancouver (almost twice the size of Stanley Park). Join Ian Clague and Sam Bundenthal, volunteers with PSPS, in this 4-5 hr. walk exploring areas of extensive (second growth) coniferous forest and areas where deciduous trees and many native fruit-producing shrubs dominate. As well, observe the effects of ongoing beaver activity in a northern area of the park, and some of the numerous areas damaged by various severe windstorms over the past year. The walk will pass by a number of restored areas where volunteers with PSPS have removed invasive species, and planted native trees and shrubs. Finally, the group will walk along the undeveloped foreshore and beach, observing imposing sandy cliffs and some of the few remaining old growth conifer trees in the region.
The walk will be generally on graveled forest trails, with little elevation change, except for the steeper access to and return from the foreshore area where walking will be partially along sometimes slippery rocks along the beach between Trail 3 and Trail 6. Be sure to bring your hiking poles (especially for the rocky beach area), lunch, snacks and water. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy-soled footwear. Note: start time may change by ~1/2 hr in order to avoid the highest point of the tide – participants will be notified in the week prior to the walk.