Tours – 2024

GUIDED TOURS of OLD GROWTH in WEST VANCOUVER

Every year the OGCS conducts free guided tours of old-growth areas in West Vancouver. There are two sets of tours, one in publicly accessible old-growth areas and one in the Old Growth Conservancy. Tours start at 10 AM and typically take 3 hours.

TOURS ARE FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. EMAIL YOUR PREFERRED DATE TO ogcs.wv@gmail.com.

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

Publicly Accessible Old-Growth Area Guided Tours

The tours of Lighthouse Park and Whyte Lake Park take you through impressive old-growth areas in West Vancouver that are easier to get to. These tours move at an easy pace and stay on-trail at all times, though they do include some hills. In particular, the Whyte Lake Park tour gains roughly 200 m in elevation.

The tours on West Lake Road visit two of the largest trees in the area. This tour is off-trail and explores more rugged terrain.

Note that pay parking is in effect at Lighthouse Park and Whyte Lake Park. West Vancouver residents may purchase an annual pass for $20 plus fees and taxes at the West Vancouver website here.

  • Sunday, July 7 – Lighthouse Park
  • Saturday, July 13 – West Lake Road
  • Sunday, July 14 – Whyte Lake Park
  • Saturday, July 20 – West Lake Road

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 areas not normally open to the public and into the apex of the Conservancy where there are trees over 900 years old.

Tours meet at 10:00 AM in Parking Lot #5 on Cypress Bowl Road, next to the Conservancy. Tours take 3 hours or longer and much of it is off-trail including steep terrain, fallen trees and underbrush. Sturdy footwear is required. The pace is quite slow and dressing warmly in layers is recommended. Please bring water, a light lunch and optionally a hiking pole for stability.

  • Monday, August 19
  • Wednesday, August 21
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Sunday, September 08
  • Thursday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 14

Self-Guided Tour

Guided tours all full? Does your schedule not match ours? No problem! The self-guided tour lets you choose your own time to walk through the Old Growth Conservancy and learn about the characteristics of an old-growth ecosystem. All it takes is a GPS-enabled smartphone.

  1. Install the free STQRY Guide app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  2. Search for the Old Growth Conservancy Self-Guided Tour.
  3. Download and start the tour.
  4. Read the Getting There section before taking the tour.

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