Maplewood Conservation Area
Forty minutes from downtown Vancouver
, this 300-acre nature sanctuary makes a good day trip for nature lovers, particularly for bird-watchers. The area’s woodlands, wetland beaches and tidal marshes harbor 230 avian species, including ospreys and martins. Strap on your hiking shoes for a trek on the forested trails or sign up for a free guided tour. Topics of the talks—migration, birdsong—vary according to the season.