Field Trips

 

A Stroll through Vancouver’s Geological History

A free joint event for the Geological Association of Canada (Cordilleran Section) and Nature Vancouver

Trip Leader: David Cook

When: Sunday, August 11 2019 at 9:00 am
Meeting location: Meet at the concession stand, Third Beach parking lot, Stanley Park. The parking lot is accessed by taking the north fork in the road leading to the Teahouse Restaurant
Duration: 3 to 4 hours. There is a parking fee so allow time for the return walk.
Terrain: Flat along the walking/cycling path of the sea-wall.
Elevation gain: Nil.

Event description: This will be a low-paced walk along the sea-wall of Stanley Park to learn about the geology of the Vancouver area. The distance will be 4 km return. See how 40 to 70 million year old rivers laid down sand, silt, clay and minor coal that underlie Vancouver. Other features will be giant boulders stranded by the retreating ice; basalts that may be the roots of volcanoes long eroded away; concretions formed within the sandstone and wave-cut notches in the cliff-face formed when the sea-level was higher. Low tide at the time of our walk will reveal other features such as wave-cut platforms formed by wave action over the last 5000 years, and see how First Nations peoples made use of the boulders left by the glaciers to make fish traps. Looking across Burrard Inlet we will see much older features that formed and shaped the North Shore mountains and beyond.

Registration: Because of a need to limit the size of the group and because the event may be rescheduled due to weather, registration is required. Contact David at cookeco2@yahoo.com.