Just in time for the 30th anniversary, the story behind the 1990 Golf Course Referendum is now available here.

This is the story of a community battle to save a hidden grove of giant old-growth cedar trees up to 9 feet wide and close to a 1000 years old. The municipality that owned the land had not disclosed the existence of these trees on land they owned and tried to have them cleared for a semi-private golf course. The story reveals how the community won that battle from the personal perspective of one of the leaders of that campaign. These giants are now protected in the Old Growth Conservancy of West Vancouver and after you read this book I hope you will visit them. The book is a gift to the public that voted, in the hard fought referendum, to save these amazing natural wonders.

CANCELLED – Socially Distanced Celebration – Nov 22

In light of the recent public health orders, the 30th Anniversary Celebration on Nov 22 is cancelled. Directors are monitoring the situation and will consider rescheduling the event in safer times.

The OGCS holding a Socially Distanced Celebration in recognition of the 30th Anniversary of the 1990 Golf Course Referendum.

Join us on Sunday, November 22 at 1 PM in Parking Lot #5 to reminisce with old friends, make some new ones and celebrate West Vancouver citizens rejecting a golf course in favour of protecting old growth.

During COVID times there haven’t been many opportunities to safely bring people together. We’re fortunate to have both a reason to celebrate and a large, outdoor area with plenty of room for social distancing.

RSVP Required

Please RSVP to including a phone number for contact tracing.

During COVID-19 crowds must be kept below 50. The event is outdoors, reducing the risk of transmission, but extra efforts are needed to keep each other safe.

  • People without an RSVP with a contact phone number cannot be accommodated.
  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever over 38 degrees, coughing or respiratory issues.
  • Observe respiratory etiquette (cough or sneeze into tissue or elbow)
  • Masks are optional, but social distancing is not. Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from people not in your household.

With any luck, there will be snow, so dress warmly. There will be cupcakes, but no beverages, so please bring something to drink.

2020 Guided Tours

COVID-19 Update
The July tours have been cancelled.
The August and September tours are accepting reservations by email.

During the COVID-19 pandemic extra efforts are made to reduce the risk of transmission. Participants must be free of any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever over 38 degrees, cough or respiratory issues. Masks are optional, but participants will be required to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from people not in their household and to follow respiratory etiquette (cough or sneeze into tissue or elbow).

The dates for the 2020 Guided Tours have been announced. There are 6 tours of the Old Growth Conservancy and 2 tours of old-growth areas outside the Conservancy. These tours are part of the Society educational program and are free to all participants.

  • Sunday, July 5 – Lighthouse Park COVID-19 Cancellation
  • Sunday, July 19 – Whyte Lake COVID-19 Cancellation
  • Saturday, Aug 22 – OGC
  • Wednesday, Aug 26 – OGC
  • Saturday, Aug 29 – OGC
  • Sunday, Sept 13 – OGC
  • Thursday, Sept 17 – OGC
  • Saturday, Sept 19 – OGC

See the full details at

Snowshoe Hike – Sunday, Feb 2, 2020

We have snow!

Mother Nature has been generous with the snow this year, so the OGCS is having a snowshoe hike through the Old Growth Conservancy on Sunday, February 2nd.

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 We’ll send a update on conditions to everyone that’s registered.

OGCS AGM – Wednesday, February 26, 2020

West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre (Marine Room)
695 – 21st Street, West Vancouver
(NW corner of Marine Drive & 21st St)
Social Hour 6:00 p.m. – Pizza and snacks provided
Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Approval of Agenda
Adoption of Minutes of February 20, 2019 AGM
Directors’ and Treasurer’s Reports
Election of Directors
Presentation by Dr. John Innes – Dean, Faculty of Forestry, UBC
“The Management of Old Growth: Challenges and Opportunities”

Dr. John Innes is Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia and a resident of West Vancouver. He came to British Columbia in 1999, having previously worked in the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. He is actively involved with climate change research, particularly its effects on forest ecosystems. In 2007, he was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team that shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Dr. Innes teaches in the field of international and sustainable forestry. Under his leadership, the Faculty has taken significant steps toward broadening the curricula and academic content to reflect changing realities in the forest and conservation sectors.

OGCS 2019 AGM Draft Minutes
OGCS 2019 Directors Report

2019 Tours of Old-Growth Areas In West Vancouver

The Old Growth Conservancy Society is again conducting tours of old-growth areas outside the Old Growth Conservancy. There are 3 tours, each focusing on the local logging history in a different area. Please register by email to and we’ll reserve a place for you.

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

We will attempt to organize carpooling to assist transportation but telephone numbers must be provided to participate. Tours can take 3 hours or longer and you should bring a snack and water to enjoy the experience.

Much of the tour is on-trail but some trails may be steep so basic fitness for hiking is required, especially for the Brothers Creek hike which is much longer. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, something to eat and optionally a hiking pole for stability. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour.

Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather. Only extreme rain events will result in cancellation but no tour will proceed if there are high winds,