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May 2016

Saturday
May 7
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The 25th annual Noon’s Creek Hatchery Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek and the Port Moody skating arena. Help to release young chum into Noons Creek and view displays from 50 environmental groups in the lower mainland. Enjoy the music, children’s activities, food, and fun! BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles.
From 11am-3pm

Tuesday
May 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Dr. Eric Anderson on Surf Scoters

Last year, Nature Vancouver hosted Dr. Eric Anderson’s presentation entitled “From Herring to Gray Whales: One Bird’s Partnerships in a Changing Sea”. Dr. Anderson has kindly agreed to make the same presentation to us. The description of his talk from the Nature Vancouver website is: _Although historically very abundant along the coasts of North America, the Surf Scoter was until…

Wednesday
May 11
6:00 PM

HIKE: Miller Ravine & the Chines $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559074) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip through the lush upper section of Miller Ravine while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will then descend into the steep forested area of the Chines before regaining elevation to…

Thursday
May 12
7:00 PM

'Birding for Absolute Beginners' with the Burke Mountain Naturalists as part of BIRD WEEK 2016

Take the first steps on what may become a lifelong pleasure…but watch out because bird watching can be addictive! Bird watching (also known as birding) is said to be one of North America’s fastest growing hobbies. If you’ve ever wondered what the appeal is, join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists on an introductory birding walk around Coquitlam’s Como Lake….

Saturday
May 14
9:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Knotweed Removal at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for the first knotweed removal session of 2016. A decade of hand-weeding by dedicated volunteers has made a remarkable difference in the extent of the knotweed problem at the Slough. Wear work gloves, bring drinking water and dress appropriately for the weather. Loppers will be provided but bring your own clippers if you prefer…

Saturday
May 14
1:00 PM

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Colony Farm Park

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, kid’s activities, history tour at 1 pm and birding walks at 2:30 pm.
All ages, free, drop-in. Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Meet in front of the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam.
Information: 604-520-6442
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
May 15
9:00 AM

HIKE: High Knoll $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559076) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the…

Sunday
May 15
10:00 AM

CLUB TRIP: Fraser River Safari Boat Tour

BMN has arranged for our members and guests to take a four-hour group tour with Fraser River Safari on their boat for a trip along the Fraser River to Harrison Mills. NOTE: this trip is now fully booked, but there may be an opportunity to join if there’s a last-minute cancellation. The journey will begin in scenic Mission and travel…

Sunday
May 15
1:00 PM

Free Walking Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided walking tour of some of magnificent trees at Riverview. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots as the grass can be lengthy in places. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on…

Friday
May 20
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Crunch

This evening of exercise and hiking will take in the steep uphill trek on the recently improved Coquitlam Crunch Trail. There will be a chance for great views and time will be taken to enjoy the vegetation and wildlife in the area. Roundtrip distance is 6 km (3.8 mi) with an elevation gain of 260 m (855 ft). Meet at…

Saturday
May 21
11:00 AM

'Forest Fairy Gathering' at Burnaby Lake

This is a free event for kids hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Visit the “Gnome Depot” and get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and prepare for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, off Winston Street in Burnaby. 11 am – 3 pm BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL

Thursday
May 26
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $6.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559588) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip on the Woodland Walk in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will travel on undulating trails taking in the reappearing spring vegetation in a mature…

Thursday
May 26
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #1 - Mossom Creek Hatchery

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine. No need to register…

Saturday
May 28
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Diez Vistas

This is a favourite moderate hike in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area. Diez Vistas is Spanish for “ten views.” The trail starts steeply and soon gives way to some beautiful views of Indian Arm and the North Shore mountains. Views of Buntzen Lake and Eagle Ridge can be seen on a clear day. We will return by crossing the suspension…

June 2016

Wednesday
Jun 1
7:00 PM

HIKE: Beginner Hiking Program to Cypress Lake on Eagle Ridge $24.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559078) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Wed. June 1, 7 to 9pm Sun. June 12, 2 to 4:30pm Sat. June 18, 8am to 1pm Sat. June 25, 8am to 1pm Have you ever heard of Cypress Lake, but do not know where it is or…

Thursday
Jun 2
6:30 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $32.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559077) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Thurs. June 2, 6:30 to 9pm Sun. June 12, 8am to 1pm Sun. June 19, 8am to 2pm Sun. June 26, 8am to 3:30pm Have you ever wanted to hike the Diez Vistas Trail in the Buntzen Lake Recreation…

Saturday
Jun 4
9:00 AM

Lazuli Bunting Walk at Colony Farm Park

Enjoy migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a 2 hour guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if possible.
All ages. Free. Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association.
Meet in front of the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road in Coquitlam.
Information: 604-520-6442
9 – 11 am

Sunday
Jun 5
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Thursday
Jun 9
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #2 - Colony Farm Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the second of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Saturday
Jun 11
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Woodland Walk

To celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. On this outing we will travel through a lovely mature second-growth forest and view Saw Blade Falls. You should be prepared to cross a few small creeks by easy boulder-hopping, though there will be…

Tuesday
Jun 14
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special meeting outdoors at Riverview (starts at 7:00PM)

It’s too nice in June to spend an evening indoors so our monthly club meeting will be held outdoors. Join others for a friendly and informative stroll among the heritage trees at Riverview and up to Finnie’s Garden. This walk is hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young (HEY) building….

Wednesday
Jun 15
7:30 PM

Free Lecture: "Lost Creeks and Underground Water in New Westminster"

New Westminster Historical Society hosts “Lost Creeks and Underground Water in New Westminster”. This presentation will look at the Douglas College research project, spearheaded by Mike McPhee, to identify and locate some of the city’s lost and hidden waterways.
Held at the New West Library, 716 6th Ave. For more info, call the Library at 604-527-4667.

Saturday
Jun 18
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

All who drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler pass by Brohm Lake, but relatively few stop to sample what the adjacent Interpretive Forest has to offer. On this easy to moderate outing, we will loop through the Interpretive Forest and also circle Brohm Lake. The hike will feature outstanding views of the spectacular Tantalus Range. Roundtrip distance, depending…

Tuesday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

BMN CYCLE: Solstice Cycle

As a tribute to the end of spring and to celebrate one of the longest days of the year, we would like to offer an evening cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 6:00…

Thursday
Jun 23
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #3 - Woodhaven Swamp

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the third of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Friday
Jun 24
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

On this hike we will visit the red and white communications tower on Eagle Ridge. This tower is visible from many areas of the Lower Mainland, and nearby there is a great lookout that offers expansive views. We will use a variety of mountain bike trails as well roads along the power lines on this evening hike. Roundtrip distance is…

Thursday
Jun 30
7:00 PM

Outdoor Ed: Lower Mainland Hikes: Where to go, what to bring? $9.00

This slide show is sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (559585) is required. Come out and enjoy an evening of slides while learning about local places to hike and how to be prepared. Do you know what ten essential items you should have in your pack? Ian McArthur will present slides of hikes in Coquitlam and other local areas….

July 2016

Saturday
Jul 2
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Elk-Thurston

On this moderate hike we will visit the Chilliwack Valley, not always thought of in connection with mountain hiking. On this outing we will travel up through the forest to a subalpine ridge and visit Elk and Thurston mountains. On a clear day this ridge offers an expansive view of the surrounding mountains. The roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.3…

Thursday
Jul 7
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #4 - Woods along the Coquitlam River near Gabriola Drive

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the fourth of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Tuesday
Jul 12
6:00 PM

HIKE: Intermediate Hiking Program to Munro Lake $24

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566692) and signed waiver form is required. h2. Program dates: Tues. July 12, 6 to 9pm Sun. July 17, 8am to noon Sun. July 24, 8am to 3pm Have you ever wanted to hike to Munro Lake in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, but did not know if you could…

Wednesday
Jul 20
6:00 PM

HIKE: Ridge Park $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566673) and signed waiver form is required. This evening hike will take in the power line right-of-way on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the wonderful forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 6km (3.7 mi) with…

Thursday
Jul 21
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #5 - Coquitlam River near Lions Park, PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the fifth of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Thursday
Jul 28
6:00 PM

HIKE: Lower Slopes of Burke Mountain $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566674) and signed waiver form is required. This evening of exercise and hiking will take in some new and old trails in the redeveloped area around Coast Meridian Road. Some of the trails will be along the upper reaches of Hyde Creek. Time will be taken to enjoy the…

Saturday
Jul 30
7:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Cheakamus Lake

This beautiful and relatively easy hike is close to Whistler and in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The trail follows the Cheakamus River past rocky outcrops and big trees to reach magnificent Cheakamus Lake. We’ll travel along the lake to where Singing Creek flows into the lake. At this point, there is a small beach where we can have lunch and maybe…

August 2016

Thursday
Aug 4
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #6 - Trail along Hyde Creek in PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the sixth of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Saturday
Aug 6
6:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Garibaldi Lake

Surprisingly, our BMN hiking group has only visited Garibaldi Provincial Park a few times. We’ve made trips to Wedgemount Lake, Elfin Lakes, The Gargoyles, Columnar Peak, and only one trip previously to what may be considered the park’s crown jewel, Garibaldi Lake. On this moderately strenuous loop hike, we will pass through beautiful Taylor Meadows, which given this year’s snowpack…

Sunday
Aug 14
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Buntzen Lake Loop

For this hike we will be making another trip to BC Hydro’s Buntzen Lake reservoir. On this moderate hike we will circle Buntzen Lake starting south and going in a clockwise direction on the well-maintained trail. Highlights of the day will include a beautiful forest, lake views, glimpses of Swan Falls, and a dip at North Beach picnic area –…

Thursday
Aug 18
7:00 PM

Summer Evening Botany Walk #7 - 7 Mountain Air Trail on Burnaby Mountain

Join other BMN members for a series of evening botanizing walks. This is the seventh of seven gentle walks planned for Thursday evenings over the summer months, all starting at 7 PM. There is no leader for these walks. Instead, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. The walks will go rain or shine….

Saturday
Aug 27
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Mount Galiano

At least once over the summer months, we like to combine a little seafaring with hiking. This year we will take the ferry from Tsawwassen to the closest of the southern Gulf Islands, Galiano, and climb to its highest point. From the summit we will have fantastic views of other Gulf Islands, including Mayne, North and South Pender, Prevost, and…

Wednesday
Aug 31
6:00 PM

HIKE: Fraser River Sunset $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (566671) and signed waiver form is required. This evening of exercise and hiking will take in Colony Farm, Citadel Heights, and end with watching a sunset by the Fraser River. Most of the hike is on level ground, but there are a couple of short steep uphill sections. Time…

September 2016

Saturday
Sep 10
7:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Bear Mountain

On this moderate to strenuous hike, we will ascend a modest summit near Harrison Hot Springs. Most of the hike is on an old gradual switchback road to ease the elevation gain. Great views of Harrison Lake, the upper part of the Fraser Valley, and the surrounding mountains are well worth the effort. The final viewpoint has been called “eye-popping.”…

Saturday
Sep 17
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Black Mountain and Eagle Bluff

Great views and lovely small subalpine lakes will greet us in this moderate hike in Cypress Provincial Park. After a fairly steep uphill section of this trail, we’ll come out to a subalpine open area and reach Cabin Lake and soon Black Mountain summit. We go by a few more little lakes before descending into the woods and to Eagle…

Saturday
Sep 24
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Burke South Summit and Pika Peak

This moderate to difficult hike is a must for keen hikers in the Tri-City area. We will travel on old logging roads through splendid second-growth forest and then on trails where we will experience the old growth of Burke Mountain. We will hear some of the history while enjoying the many waterfalls along the way. Once most of our elevation…

October 2016

Saturday
Oct 15
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip…

November 2016

Sunday
Nov 6
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Burnaby Mountain and Horizons Restaurant Brunch

Join us for a not so well know moderate hike just outside the TriCities’ border. We will travel in a loop starting from the Barnet Highway and heading west and up more than 500 stairs to SFU where we will join the Trans Canada Trail heading east and return west via the Cougar Creek Trail and Barnet Trail. Views of…

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