Guided Tours

GUIDED TOURS of OLD-GROWTH in WEST VANCOUVER

Every year the OGCS conducts guided tours of old-growth areas in West Vancouver. For 2019 there are two sets of tours, one in publicly accessible old-growth areas and one in the Old Growth Conservancy.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND CAN BE MADE BY EMAILING YOUR PREFERRED DATE TO ogcs.wv@gmail.com.

Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour.

Accessible Old-Growth Guided Tours

Tours of publicly accessible old-growth areas include a focus on the local logging history. The three eras of logging in West Vancouver will be described and the veteran trees that survived will be explored. These tours will be on trail at all times.

  • Sunday, June 16 – Lighthouse Park – Meet at the top of the parking lot at the main trailhead at 10:00 am
  • Sunday, June 23 – Brother Creek Trail – Meet at the Brothers Creek Fire Access Road trailhead off 1100 block Millstream at 10:00 am
  • Sunday, July 7 – Nelson Canyon Park to Whyte Lake – Meet at Nelson Canyon parking lot at the trailhead at 10:00 am

Old Growth Conservancy Guided Tours

Tours of the Old Growth Conservancy offer a rare opportunity to go into the apex of the Conservancy. Starting on a short trail, participants learn about the characteristics of an old-growth ecosystem and see them firsthand. The second part of the tour ventures off-trail into the apex of the Conservancy where there are trees up to 900 years old.

Tours meet at 10:00 AM at Hi-View Lookout on Cypress Bowl Road before car-pooling to the Conservancy. Tours take 3 hours or longer and while the walking is slow-paced, much of it is off-trail including steep terrain, fallen trees and underbrush. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, a light lunch and optionally a hiking pole for stability.

  • Saturday, August 17
  • Wednesday, August 21 FULL
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Thursday, September 12 FULL
  • Saturday, September 14