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Stanley Park

October 8th, 2019

This 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British ColumbiaCanada and is mostly surrounded by waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay.

The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city. The land was originally used by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years before British Columbia was colonized by the British during the 1858 Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. For many years after colonization, the future park with its abundant resources would also be home to Non-Indigenous settlers. The land was later turned into Vancouver's first park when the city incorporated in 1886. It was named after Lord Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, a British politician who had recently been appointed Governor General. It was originally known as Coal Penninsula and was set aside for military fortifications to guard the entrance to Vancouver harbour. In 1886 Vancouver city council successfuly sought a lease of the park which was granted for $1 per year. In September 1888 Lord Stanley opened the park in his name.[2]:254

Unlike other large urban parks, Stanley Park is not the creation of a landscape architect, but rather the evolution of a forest and urban space over many years.[3] Most of the manmade structures present in the park were built between 1911 and 1937 under the influence of then superintendent W.S. Rawlings. Additional attractions, such as a polar bear exhibit, aquarium, and miniature train, were added in the post-war period.

Much of the park remains as densely forested as it was in the late 1800s, with about a half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres (249 ft) and are hundreds of years old.[4][5] Thousands of trees were lost (and many replanted) after three major windstorms that took place in the past 100 years, the last in 2006.

Significant effort was put into constructing the near-century-old Vancouver Seawall, which can draw thousands of people to the park in the summer.[6] The park also features forest trails, beaches, lakes, children's play areas, and the Vancouver Aquarium, among many other attractions.

Baker Lake

Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries,and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.

With two access points and multiple campsites, the full 14-mile Baker Lake Trail offers a remarkable wilderness experience for hikers of all ages and abilities. The trail can accommodate a range of hiking interests, from short day hikes to overnight backpacking excursions. And thanks to the trail’s low elevation, it is accessible even when most other Cascadian trails are buried under snow.

The trail flanks the eastern edge of Baker Lake, created by the 1959 damming of the Baker River. Starting from either the north or south trailhead, hikers will encounter a forest of maturing Douglas firs. Cedar used to dominate, but the 1843 eruption of Mount Baker triggered a forest fire, reducing the old-growth cedars to burnt snags.

Cedar remains among the towering firs provide evidence of this historical event. Along the trail, foliage, fungus, lichen and moss never fail to impress. Mushrooms dot the forest floor allowing hikers to forage for fabulous fungus as they traipse through the woods, and the towering trees draped with old man’s beard provide shelter from the drizzly mist that accompanies most winter hikes in the Northwest.

Join us on August 20th.

Lummi Island

Join us for a day of fun filled hiking, site seeing and relaxation on Lummi Island.

The Baker Preserve is managed by the Lummi Island Heritage Trust. The trail climbs steeply up Lummi Mountain for 1.6 miles to an overlook which provides westerly views of the San Juan Islands and the Olympics.

Sunset Beach- This shared beach with adjoining public tidelands is located on the west side of Lummi Island overlooking Rosario Strait.

This trip is in early August.

Chains Lake Loop

his gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.

Since this is a loop hike accessible from three separate parking lots, there are many options for this adventure, though as is often the case, some choices are better than others. This description addresses two directions of the same loop, which both offer stunning views and plenty of trailside rewards along the way.

From the Artist Point parking lot, hike counter-clockwise. This gets the steep, road-adjacent Wild Goose section out of the way by descending it first and then climbing up to Herman Saddle. This direction means you'll hit the high point of the loop on fresh, strong legs, and allows you to enjoy the lakes and milder hiking later in the day.

From the Artist Point parking lot, look for the privy. Just to the right of it is an unmarked trail. Follow this down a short ways through the rocks, cross the road leading to overflow parking, and look for a tall, permanent cairn marked "Wild Goose Trail." Follow this well-maintained but steep trail down to the Austin Pass/Heather Meadows parking lot.

As you descend, pause to admire Bagley Lakes below and look across to see the Chain Lakes trail cutting across the hillside, between Table Mountain (left) and Mount Herman (right) up to Herman Saddle.

This hike is in early August

Point Roberts

The park includes forested upland bluffs, beaches and tidal mudflats with spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia and the orca that pass by. Watch seals bask offshore, discover starfish and other beach life when you visit Lily Point.

This incredible site has public restrooms near the parking area. To access the beach, take the Multi-Use Loop Trail 0.3 miles to the Beach Access Trail. Stop there for panoramic views of the point and then take the switch backing beach trail 0.4 miles to the beach. For hiking and birding in upland forest, take the other half of the Loop Trail 0.6 miles back to the parking area.

History: Thanks to a conservation easement forged by Bellingham’s Whatcom Land Trust, Lily Point became a Whatcom County Park in 2007.

Archeologists date human occupancy on the point back at least 9000 years. For centuries, Coast Salish Native Peoples maintained their primary reef net fishery and a summer village for as many as 500 people at Lily Point.

Here the Lummi Nation ancestors each year performed their “first salmon” ceremony to assure the annual return of the fish they depended on. They called this place Chelhtenem, “hang salmon for drying.” An 1881 newspaper reported 10,000 salmon caught by 3 reef nets in 6 hours. The Trust maintains responsibility for the site’s long-term stewardship.

You’ll find bald eagles scouring the beach, great blue heron stalking the tidelands, and a host of waterfowl and shore birds that visit Boundary Bay. At peak times of the year, more than 100 eagles have been spotted on the beach.

This trip is in June.

Chanterelle Trail

The Chanterelle Trail is one of the many trails in the Park's plan. At 2.4 miles, the trail offers long switchbacks uphill to a remarkable view of Lake Whatcom, Puget Sound, and the San Juan Islands. While the view is gorgeous, you'll pay the price to get there -- it's 1000 feet of elevation one way.

This trip is in early July

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