GUIDED NATURE WALK: Lighthouse Park

Location: Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver British Columbia

Individual Rate: $75 CAD + GST (Group Rate: 10% Discount for 2 – 4 Persons)

Duration: 2 – 2.5 Hours

About your guide Cliff Thorbes…

I’m Cliff Thorbes, your guide for a unique walk in Lighthouse Park. I love spending time outdoors and helping to promote wellness in others by facilitating a connection with the nature.

I’m a Horticultural Therapist Registered with the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association and hold a current certification in Wilderness First Aid.  I have completed Certificates in Horticultural Therapy, and Horticulture. As a long-time resident of both West Vancouver and the West End in Vancouver, British Columbia, I have insider’s local knowledge of both Lighthouse Park and Stanley Park.

Both are biologically rich, and examples of the few remaining old-growth rainforests in the Lower Mainland. I’m captivated by native flora, and excited to share interesting bits of information about them with you while the forest naturally calms you by helping to reduce your stress, and stimulate your senses.

What you’ll do during a GUIDED NATURE WALK in Lighthouse Park…

Your GUIDED NATURE WALK with me lasts between two (2) and two and a half hours (2.5), and is designed to be an intimate experience between you and nature. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, I will guide up to four guests maximum at a time.

We will meet in the parking lot of Lighthouse Park at 10am (PST), and after a short introduction to the park and some gentle stretching, we’ll be on our way.

We’ll explore the park’s eastern trails, which are lesser travelled by tourists and more by the locals. At Eagle Point, we’ll stop for a brief rest and some refreshments while you take in the views of Burrard Inlet and Vancouver. Then we make our way back through the forest via the Valley of the Giants. This trail has examples of giant trees hundreds of years old.

Along the GUIDED NATURE WALK, I provide you with interesting bits of information about native flora and facilitate techniques to relax you, reduce stress, and stimulate your senses. Our goal is to help you connect more mindfully with nature.

Where we will be…

For the naturalist, Lighthouse Park offers tremendous variety within its 75 hectares. The diversity of environmental conditions within the park boundaries and the relatively undisturbed forest provide an opportunity to see native flora in near virgin states. Giant Douglas-fir dominate the forest, with Western redcedar, and Western hemlock. Bigleaf maple, Pines, and Arbutus form the forest understory along with a rich variety of shrubs, ferns, and mosses.

Lighthouse Park Trail Map

Please be aware…

  • I take my time guiding you through the forest at a leisurely pace. 
  • Be prepared to navigate the occasional sudden elevation change, uneven trail, slippery rocks, muddy patch, and areas exposed to ocean spray.
  • There are no accessibility features at this time.
  • This experience is weather dependent and may be cancelled on short notice. Walking in the forest while light showers are occurring is okay, but if it is pouring rain or forecast to while we are on the trail, this can create unsafe conditions, and an uncomfortable environment for you to be outside.
  • We will not be taking a trail that goes to Point Atkinson Lighthouse. I encourage you to visit this tourist attraction on your own after, I will provide you with a park map how to get there.

What I provide…

As a snack, home-baked cookies made with all natural ingredients.

What you need to bring…

  • Sturdy walking footwear with good gripping tread
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather (I recommend a long sleeved shirt and pants, hat, and a waterproof jacket if there are showers in the forecast)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Medication for any health emergency you are at risk for
  • I do not provide non-medical masks to registered participants, but please feel comfortable to wear your own or some other sort of material that covers your face, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Requirements for this activity…

  • Age minimum to attend is 10, and minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian.
  • You can expect the activity level to be moderate. To complete the activity requires intermediate skill level. The distance covered is about 5kms.
  • All participants must sign a Waiver/Release Agreement before participating.
  • To prevent the transmission of COVID-19, if you’re sick, have recently come into contact with someone suspected or confirmed as a COVID-19 case, or if you’ve traveled anywhere outside of Canada within the last 14 days, do not book this activity at this time.

Getting to Lighthouse Park…

If you are driving, you can park in the Lighthouse Park parking lot. It’s free.

If you are taking Public Transit, take bus #250 Horseshoe Bay from Downtown Vancouver and continue across the Lions Gate Bridge, past Park Royal Shopping Center, and through Dundarave Village. The bus stop for Lighthouse Park is Beacon Lane on Marine Drive. From the bus stop it’s just a short walk down Beacon Lane to the park entrance.

We will meet at the parking lot entrance gate.

***If you have trouble finding the meeting location, please call me at (604) 684-0584.

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to schedule a Lighthouse Park Guided Forest Walk.