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Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

Mt. Seymour

Explore the connection between snow and your drinking water. Learn about your water supply in a fun and active way while discovering alpine plants and animals. After a moderately strenuous snowshoe, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Cost: $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental

  Info: Ages 16+. Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep sections with snowshoes.

 

 


Summer Watershed Tours

Tours are offered Thursday to Sunday from July to September.

Please check back in May 2018.

Coquitlam tours run Thursdays and Saturdays
Capilano tours run Fridays and Sundays
Special tours for families are available at the LSCR on select weekends

Capilano Watershed Tour

Start your day overlooking the majestic Capilano Reservoir complimented by the Lions, two of Vancouver’s most iconic peaks. Join our tour guide for a journey into this protected watershed to explore unique landscapes that tell the story of your tap water from past to present. On this tour you will visit the Cleveland Dam, the historic Settling Ponds and Rodgers Lake (an alpine reservoir that feeds into the Capilano River). Through short presentations, you’ll learn about the history of the region’s water supply, water quality, treatment, how it gets to your home and the role of a healthy ecosystem in maintaining exceptional water quality. Please be aware that this tour includes a significant amount of driving on gravel roads and some short walks on uneven ground.

Please note these are technical tours geared towards youth and adults. For children 3-12 and their caregivers please register for the Family Tours.


Coquitlam Watershed Tour

Towering old growth trees, a historic water intake tower, the dam and breathtaking views of our largest reservoir are sure to inspire awe on this tour of the Coquitlam Watershed. After a visit to 4-5 locations, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for these protected lands and the source of your tap water. Through short presentations, you’ll learn about the history of the region’s water supply, water quality, treatment, how it gets to your home and the role of a healthy ecosystem in maintaining exceptional water quality. Please be aware that this tour includes a significant amount of driving on gravel roads and some short walks on uneven ground.

Please note these are technical tours geared towards youth and adults. For children 3-12 and their caregivers please register for the Family Tours.


Children’s Watershed Tour-LSCR
Hey kids, bring your favorite adults along to learn about where your waters comes from. Through a number of games and activities, our gifted child educators will help you explore big concepts in some of the most beautiful parts of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. We’ll take a trip over the Seymour Falls Dam on our magic school bus and walk along the lower river through a section of trail that feels 10,000 kilometers away from the city (but it’s not). We’ll explore the plants and animals that call this place home and learn how we’re all sharing one very precious resource. It’s a trip you’ll remember every time you turn on the tap! Please note there are no baby changing facilities and strollers cannot be accommodated on the bus. This trip includes a walk along a flat, but uneven trail for up to 1 hour. It is most suitable for ages 3 and up but has no age restriction. Adults must be accompanied by a child, and we encourage all ages to participate in the program.

Please note that this tour is for children and their family members. For adult tours please register for the Capilano or Coquitlam Watershed tour.


Why These Wastersheds are so Special

Discover the treasures of the watersheds, where ancient trees tower in steep mountain valleys, wildlife abounds and water flows through natural landscapes to our drinking waters supply system.

Metro Vancouver manages three protected watersheds to provide 2.5 million residents with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of drinking water. These watersheds cover an area of land 150 times the size of Stanley Park and are closed to protect our water supply from human disturbance. As a result approximately 60,000 hectares of forested land provides a significant amount of space for numerous species to exist in their natural habitat. The health of these ecosystems is an important natural asset to our region; one that contributes greatly to the health and vitality of the place we call home. Come and see it for yourself!

  • Capilano Bus Tour Schedule
    Sunday, July 2 12:30pm - 4:30pm (7025)
    ​Friday, July 7 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7026)
    ​Friday, July 14 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7027)
    ​Friday, July 28 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7031)
    ​Sunday, July 30 ​12:30pm - 4:30pm (7033)
    ​Friday, August 4 9:00am - 1:00pm (7034)
    ​Sunday, August 6 ​12:30pm - 4:30pm (7036)
    ​Friday, August 11 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7037)
    ​Friday, August 18 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7038)
    ​Sunday, August 20 ​12:30pm - 4:30 pm (7040)
    ​Friday, August 25 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7041)
    ​Friday, September 1 ​9:00am - 1:00pm (7042)
    ​Sunday, September 3 ​12:30pm - 4:30pm (7044)
  • Capilano Mini Watershed Tours Schedule

    The Mini Capilano Watershed Tours are intended to be a brief snap-shot of the water supply system and includes only 3 stops. A visit to the Cleveland Dam, the historic settling ponds and a lake-view lookout will give visitors a 3-hour condensed version of our typical 4-hour tour.

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    Sunday, July 2 9:00am - 12:00pm (6988)
    ​Sunday, July 16 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7028)
    ​Sunday, July 30 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7032)
    ​Sunday, August 6 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7035)
    ​Sunday, August 20 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7039)
    ​Sunday, September 3 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7043)
  • Coquitlam Watershed Tours Schedule

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    ​Saturday, July 1 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6987) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (6990)
    ​Thursday, July 6 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6991)
    ​Saturday, July 8 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6992) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (6993)
    ​Thursday, July 13 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6994)
    ​Saturday, July 22 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6996) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (6997)
    ​Thursday, July 27 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6998)
    ​Thursday, August 3 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (6999)
    ​Saturday, August 5 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7000) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7001)
    ​Thursday, August 24 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7004)
    ​Saturday, August 26 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7005) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7006)
    ​Thursday, August 31 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7007)
    ​Saturday, September 2 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7008) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7009)
  • Children's Watershed Tour at the Lower Seymour Conservation Schedule

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    Sunday, July 9 9:00am - 12:00pm (6989) 12:30pm - 3:30pm (7010)
    ​Saturday, July 15 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7011) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7012)
    ​Sunday, July 23 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7013) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7014)
    ​Saturday, July 29 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7015) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7016)
    ​Saturday, August 12 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7017) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7018)
    ​Sunday, August 13 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7019) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7020)
    ​Saturday, August 19 ​9:00am - 12:00pm (7021) ​12:30pm - 3:30pm (7022)

How to Register

 

  604-432-6430

Online booking is available but you must call in order to cancel or change your reservation

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Summer Watershed Tour Cancellation Policy

There is no cost for the program but we ask that you respect our cancellation policy: We offer a limited number of tours each year and they book up quickly. If you know that you or someone in your party won’t be able to make it, PLEASE call to cancel with plenty of notice (min. 4 days). There are many people who would be glad to take your place.

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