Guided Tours

COVID-19 UPDATE – 2021
Tours have been scheduled, subject to public health orders. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed until further notice. Reservations are required and are now being accepted by email at ogcs.wv@gmail.com.

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).

By working together, we keep each other safe.

GUIDED TOURS of OLD-GROWTH in WEST VANCOUVER

Every year the OGCS conducts free guided tours of old-growth areas in West Vancouver. For 2021 there are two sets of tours, one in publicly accessible old-growth areas and one in the Old Growth Conservancy.

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.

Accessible Old-Growth Guided Tours

The first 3 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.

The fourth tour, on West Lake Access Road, will visit some of the largest trees in the area. This tour is off-trail and explores more rugged terrain.

  • Sunday, July 11 – Lighthouse Park
  • Sunday, July 18 – Whyte Lake
  • Sunday, July 25 – Brothers Creek
  • Saturday, July 31 – West Lake Access 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 the apex of the Conservancy where there are trees up to 900 years old.

Tours meet at 10:00 AM at 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. Bringing your own hand sanitizer is advised.


TOURS ARE FREE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. EMAIL YOUR PREFERRED DATE TO ogcs.wv@gmail.com.
A PHONE NUMBER WILL BE REQUIRED FOR COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING.

  • Saturday, August 21
  • Wednesday, August 25
  • Saturday, August 28
  • Sunday, September 12
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Sunday, September 19