Snowshoe Hike – Sunday, Feb 19


After an absence of 3 years due to miserable snow conditions, the OGCS is thrilled to announce a snowshoe hike through the Old Growth Conservancy on Sunday, February 19.

This is an excellent opportunity to see some of the better old-growth in the Conservancy without impacting the forest floor. We meet at Hi-View Lookout at 10 AM for car pooling or at 10:30 at Parking Lot #5.

The hike will last 2.5 to 3 hours. Bring some food and a beverage. Water-resistant outerwear over layered winter clothing is recommended, as are sturdy, water-resistant boots. On past hikes, footwear has varied from boots to snowshoes to crampons. Hiking or ski poles are advised.

Mountain Equipment Co-op rents snowshoes for $15/day. Reservations can be made at the North Vancouver store at 604-990-4417

Please let us know if you can join us by emailing us at

OGCS AGM – Wednesday, March 8

West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre (Marine Room)
695 – 21st Street, WEST VANCOUVER
(NW corner of Marine Drive & 21st St)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Approval of Agenda
Adoption of Minutes of February 24, 2016 AGM
Directors’ and Treasurer’s Reports
Election of Directors
Presentation by Hugh Hamilton – Proposal for an Inventory of Old-Growth in the Conservatory
Presentation by David Cook – Brothers Creek Old-Growth Study


OGCS 2016 AGM Draft Minutes
OGCS Financial Statement at January 2017

David Cook to receive DWV Environment Award, Nov 15 at Kay Meek Centre

We are thrilled to announce that OGCS Director David Cook has been chosen for this year’s Environment Award by West Vancouver.

David has worked tirelessly in service of the North Shore environment. As a professional geologist and biologist, he has published numerous articles and contributed to local knowledge through on-going studies of old-growth areas between Brothers Creek and McDonald Creek and monitoring of Bald Eagle nests surrounding Burrard Inlet since 2000. Several groups have benefited from his support as a director, including Old Growth Conservancy Society, Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, North Shore Black Bear Society and Nature Vancouver.

David’s work spans the North Shore and beyond. Nature doesn’t recognize boundaries. Neither does David.

West Vancouver is hosting the Community Awards Presentation on Tuesday, Nov 15 – 7 PM at the Kay Meek Centre. No tickets are required. The public is invited to join us in celebrating David’s well deserved recognition.

Cypress Falls Park: Old growth trees & falls. A slow interpretive nature walk.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
A joint event for Old Growth Conservancy Society and Nature Vancouver.

Trip leader: David Cook.
Meeting time & location: For car pooling meet at 0930 hours at the Park & Ride of Park Royal North, West Vancouver (on the roof) and for those travelling by bus. Alternatively, meet in the parking lot at the end of Woodgreen Place off Woodgreen Drive at 1000 hours.
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Walking distance: 2 to 3 km.
Elevation gain: ~150 metres
Terrain: The trails are poorly defined and poorly maintained in many places. Caution is required where there are steep drop-offs into the Cypress Creek canyon. There are rough and slippery sections of trail and hiking boots with deep tread and ankle support are essential.
Difficulty rating: Using the Nature Vancouver rating system, the difficulty rating approximates “C”.

Description of event:
A natural history hike along the trails of Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver and the adjoining Cypress Provincial Park. The field trip area contains one of the North Shore’s oases of old-growth forest with two waterfalls in a pocket canyon formed by Cypress Creek. There will be a focus on the ecology of old-growth forests.
Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather.
Registration not required.
Memberships in Nature Vancouver and the Old Growth Conservancy Society are not required.
There is no cost except for sharing of gas from Park Royal.

Indian Arm: Natural history and human history

Wednesday September 14th 2016
A free public talk for the Parkgate Library, District of North Vancouver.
Speaker: David Cook.
Meeting time & location: 7:00 pm at the Parkgate Library 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. The Parkgate library is opposite the Parkgate Community Centre and adjacent to the Parkgate Village Shopping Centre at the corner of the Mt Seymour Parkway and Seymour Road which is the access road to Mount Seymour Provincial Park.
Free Registration required: Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Description of talk: Join Biologist/Geologist David Cook for an illustrated journey into the natural history and cultural history of Indian Arm, the Land of the Serpent and the southernmost fjord of the western North American mainland. View First Nation pictographs, waterfalls cascading from glacial hanging valleys, old-growth forests and the productive estuary of the Indian River, important to First Nations and the site of several salmon runs each year which draws Bald Eagles and harbour seals in great numbers.