In acknowledging where we are, connecting with our breath and taking the time to discover hidden places in this beautiful park, the Guided Nature Walk in Stanley Park with Cliff makes you receptive to so many small details using our senses. You transition from urban noises to wild life, hear wind sounds, smell hemlock needles, see the majestic beauty of the red cedars, and feel the energy of the trees going through your body right down to your feet when touching them. Cliff even provided me with some of his homemade baking. This is a unique forest bathing experience facilitated by the guidance of a wellness professional using horticultural therapy.
This is about taking the time, deepening our knowledge about the various ecosystems around us, and feeling what Nature can bring to our wellbeing. And guess what… I slept like a baby surrounded by calmness, both in my mind and body. Thanks a million Cliff!
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Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver British Columbia
Individual Rate: $85 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 Stanley 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 Stanley 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 front of the Stanley Park Nature House at 10am (PST), and after a short introduction to the park and some gentle stretching, we’ll be on our way.
We’ll begin by walking along the path that hugs Lost Lagoon, and then enter the forest at the entrance to Tallow Trail. We continue through the forest via Lees Trail, Rawlings Trail, and return to the Nature House along the other half of the Lost Lagoon path.
Along the walk, I provide you with interesting bits of information about native flora, show you a magnificent example of nature art tucked away in the forest, facilitate techniques that help to relax you, and help you to connect more mindfully with nature.
Where we will be…
Stanley Park is a 400-hectare example of a magnificent natural West Coast rainforest in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. Much of the park remains as densely forested as it was in the late 1800s. The forest consists of primarily second and third growth and contains many tall Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, and Western hemlock, with some as tall as 76 metres (249 feet), and hundreds of years old. A large variety of animals live in the park, including many birds. Mammals include a large raccoon population, coyotes, skunks, beavers, and a thriving grey squirrel population.
Please be aware…
- I take my time guiding you around the lagoon and through the forest, at a leisurely pace.
- Be prepared to navigate the occasional uneven trail, slippery rocks, muddy patch, and overhanging foliage.
- 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.
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)
- 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 beginner 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.
You can walk, bike, or take transit to get to the park. We will meet at the front entrance of the Stanley Park Nature House. There are transit route bus stops a short distance away from Stanley Park Nature House, along Georgia Street.
***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.