This summer, we are inviting all of you to join us in exploring trails, hikes & parks around the city! We’ll organize a different meeting point every last Sunday of the month in the morning – and we can go on some great walks with great folks (& dogs)! If you have suggestions on where the group could go, just e-mail us at info@bowwowhaus.ca – We welcome friendly dogs of all sizes (& their people) to come along with us!

A few details…
We’re organizing the walks at places we frequent with our own dogs – but we’ll all be using public parks, and bow wow haus does not (and cannot!), of course, guarantee your safety or experience! As with any outing in nature, we may encounter unfriendly wildlife, trip on rocks, or get bitten by bugs – all risks we all assume when we had out onto the beach, woods or even our neighbourhood parks. To minimize risks, as we all do when we’re out and about, we all will use our common sense and keep an eye on each other and all the dogs. Most of the routes we choose will be leash-optional ones, and so many people may choose to have their dogs off-leash – but please do bring a leash for each dog. In addition, we’d recommend bringing water (for yourself & your doggie), poop bags, etc. – whatever you’d normally bring on your outdoor adventures!

We’ll meet at the starting spot between 10:55 am and 11:05 am – and start the walk at 11:05 am sharp with whomever is gathered, unless otherwise specified. As a courtesy to other walkers, and also for everyone’s safety, we ask that you keep all the dogs on-leash until we start the walk – and we’re all a little ways in from the road/parking lot. We’ll post details on anticipated length of walk, as well as a bit of a sense of the level of difficulty – but please allow yourself some extra time in case the group takes a bit longer to complete the walk!

Upcoming walks…

June 24, 2012 :: Pacific Spirit Park :: meeting time 10:55 am :: start walk @ 11:05 am
Approx 90 minutes :: Level of difficulty: Easy
A beautiful walk through the woods – an easy trail with few hills. To respect the woods, please try to keep dogs on the trails wherever possible. We’ll meet at the entrance to the St. Georges trail on West 29th Avenue, just west of the corner of W. 29th Ave (& Camosun). The entrance is right on West 29th, just across from the St. Georges Senior School. There is lots of free street parking along 29th. MAP

July 29, 2012 :: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve :: meeting time 10:55 am :: start walk @11:05 am
If you’re heading east from Hwy 1, take exit 22 towards Lynn Creek/Capilano University. Turn left onto Fern St (which becomes Lillooet Road) – and just keep driving up the mountain. You’ll pass the entrance to Capilano College, an equestrian centre, a cemetery – and finally, the water filtration plant on your right. Right after you pass the water filtration plant (you won’t miss it, it’s a big building!), you’ll see a white “PUBLIC PARKING” sign. Turn right into this parking lot – and we’ll meet you at the trail entrance next to the portable on the far side of the parking lot. (The road ends at a turnabout marked as “school bus drop-off” – if you reach this point, you’ve gone just a bit too far.)

**It may sound complicated – but it’s pretty easy to find! Essentially, head towards Capilano College and once you find yourself on Lillooet Road, just keep going up the mountain until you reach the public parking lot that is practically at the end of that road. You can also use Google Maps for directions from your home – just search for “lower seymour conservation reserve”.**

August 26 :: Cypress Falls (West Van) :: meeting time 10:55 am :: walk @11:05 am
Approx 75-90 minutes :: Level of difficulty: Moderate
Head westbound along Highway #1 and take Exit #4 to Woodgreen Drive / Caufield Drive. At the stop sign, turn right onto Woodgreen Drive and continue along the road as it bends to the left and heads up a hill. Turn right at the THIRD street on your right called Woodgreen Place (make sure to count to the third right because the streets all seem to be named Woodgreen something or other). At the end of the street, you’ll see a grassy field on the right and a small gravel driveway on the left – take the left gravel driveway up to the small parking lot which will be our meeting spot. This is a gorgeous hike with beautiful trees, views of small waterfalls, a little stream for the dogs to get a drink from or wade in a bit. The trails are not as groomed as the other walks we’ve been on, so wear good hiking shoes or runners. The dogs (and hopefully the humans) will have a blast wandering through the woods.

Sept 30, 2012 :: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve :: meeting time 10:55am :: walk @11:05 am
If you’re heading east from Hwy 1, take exit 22 towards Lynn Creek/Capilano University. Turn left onto Fern St (which becomes Lillooet Road) – and just keep driving up the mountain. You’ll pass the entrance to Capilano College, an equestrian centre, a cemetery – and finally, the water filtration plant on your right. Right after you pass the water filtration plant (you won’t miss it, it’s a big building!), you’ll see a white “PUBLIC PARKING” sign. Turn right into this parking lot – and we’ll meet you at the trail entrance next to the portable on the far side of the parking lot. (The road ends at a turnabout marked as “school bus drop-off” – if you reach this point, you’ve gone just a bit too far.)

**It may sound complicated – but it’s pretty easy to find! Essentially, head towards Capilano College and once you find yourself on Lillooet Road, just keep going up the mountain until you reach the public parking lot that is practically at the end of that road. You can also use Google Maps for directions from your home – just search for “lower seymour conservation reserve”.**

 

October 28, 2012 :: Pacific Spirit Park :: meeting time 10:55am :: walk @11:05 am
Approx 90 minutes :: Level of difficulty: Easy
A beautiful walk through the woods – an easy trail with few hills. To respect the woods, please try to keep dogs on the trails wherever possible. We’ll meet at the entrance to the St. Georges trail on West 29th Avenue, just west of the corner of W. 29th Ave (& Camosun). The entrance is right on West 29th, just across from the St. Georges Senior School. There is lots of free street parking along 29th. MAP

 

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