Joint Trip with Friends of Cypress Provincial Park
Trip Report by Jane Srivastava
On a sunny, hot BC Day, Gail Ross, former Park Ranger, led ten curious walkers, ranging in age from their 3rd decade to their 9th (and including a special visitor from Laos) on a leisurely walk / hike through this beautiful area. We were introduced to giant, ancient trees and miniscule sundew, fringed grass of Parnassus and green bog orchid in the meadows, coral root in the old growth forest and many other flora and fauna resident in the park. We learned to identify Amabilis fir, Mountain & Western Hemlock and Yellow Cypress; and we visited a natural Zen garden. We learned what squirrels have for breakfast; who eats the sap that sapsuckers release from the trees they drill holes in and how dragonflies eat mosquitoes. We picked apart bear scat and coyote scat but saw neither. At Bowen Lookout we enjoyed the snacks we’d brought along, and learned a bit about Bowen Island from a resident of Bowen Island who was on the hike with us. There were lots of people enjoying the park: at Bowen Lookout we counted 50 others there with us at one time, and many more came and went. At the end of the walk we all thanked Gail for telling us so much about the natural and human history of this extraordinarily diverse sub-alpine area.