Summer Watershed Tours
Every summer we open our protected watersheds to let you discover these pristine valleys first hand. Join us for an engaging and scenic guided tour.
Tours are offered Thursday to Sunday from July to September.
Coquitlam tours run Thursdays and Saturdays
Capilano Watershed Tour
Capilano tours run Fridays and Sundays
Special tours for families are available at the LSCR on select weekends
Start your day overlooking the majestic Capilano Reservoir complimented by the Lions, two of Vancouver’s most iconic peaks. Join our tour guide for a journey into this protected watershed to explore unique landscapes that tell the story of your tap water from past to present. On this tour you will visit the Cleveland Dam, the historic Settling Ponds and Rodgers Lake (an alpine reservoir that feeds into the Capilano River). Through short presentations, you’ll learn about the history of the region’s water supply, water quality, treatment, how it gets to your home and the role of a healthy ecosystem in maintaining exceptional water quality. Please be aware that this tour includes a significant amount of driving on gravel roads and some short walks on uneven ground.
Capilano Watershed Tours Schedule
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|Friday, July 1||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, July 3||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, July 15||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, July 17||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, July 22||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, July 24||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, July 29||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, July 31||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, August 5||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, August 7||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, August 12||9:00am - 1:00pm
|Sunday, August 21||12:30pm - 4:30pm
|Friday, September 2||9:00am - 1:00pm
Capilano Mini Watershed Tours Schedule
The Mini Capilano Watershed Tours are intended to be a brief snap-shot of the water supply system and includes only 3 stops. A visit to the Cleveland Dam, the historic settling ponds and a lake-view lookout will give visitors a 3-hour condensed version of our typical 4-hour tour.
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|Sunday, July 3||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, July 17||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, July 24||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, July 31||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, August 7||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, August 21||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Sunday, September 4||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6650)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
Coquitlam Watershed Tour
Towering old growth trees, a historic water intake tower, the dam and breathtaking views of our largest reservoir are sure to inspire awe on this tour of the Coquitlam Watershed. After a visit to 4-5 locations, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for these protected lands and the source of your tap water. Through short presentations, you’ll learn about the history of the region’s water supply, water quality, treatment, how it gets to your home and the role of a healthy ecosystem in maintaining exceptional water quality. Please be aware that this tour includes a significant amount of driving on gravel roads and some short walks on uneven ground.
Coquitlam Watershed Tours Schedule
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|Thursday, June 30||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, July 2||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6656)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Thursday, July 7||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, July 9||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6659)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Thursday, July 14||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, July 16||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Thursday, July 21||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Thursday, July 28||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Thursday, August 4||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, August 6||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6667)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Thursday, August 11||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Thursday, August 18||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Thursday, August 25||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, August 27||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6672)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Thursday, September 1||9:00am - 12:00pm
|Saturday, September 3||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6675)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
Children’s Watershed Tour-LSCR
Hey kids, bring your favorite adults along to learn about where your waters comes from. Through a number of games and activities, our gifted child educators will help you explore big concepts in some of the most beautiful parts of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. We’ll take a trip over the Seymour Falls Dam on our magic school bus and walk along the lower river through a section of trail that feels 10,000 kilometers away from the city (but it’s not). We’ll explore the plants and animals that call this place home and learn how we’re all sharing one very precious resource. It’s a trip you’ll remember every time you turn on the tap! Please note there are no baby changing facilities and strollers cannot be accommodated on the bus. This trip includes a walk along a flat, but uneven trail for up to 1 hour. It is most suitable for ages 3 and up but has no age restriction. Adults must be accompanied by a child, and we encourage all ages to participate in the program.
Children's Watershed Tour at the Lower Seymour Conservation Schedule
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|Sunday, July 10||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6615)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Saturday, July 23||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6617)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Saturday, July 30||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6619)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Saturday, August 13||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6621)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Sunday, August 14||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6623)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Saturday, August 20||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6625)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
|Sunday, August 28||9:00am - 12:00pm
(6627)||12:30pm - 3:30pm
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Why These Wastersheds are so Special
Discover the treasures of the watersheds, where ancient trees tower in steep mountain valleys, wildlife abounds and water flows through natural landscapes to our drinking waters supply system.
Metro Vancouver manages three protected watersheds to provide 2.4 million residents with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of drinking water. These watersheds cover an area of land 150 times the size of Stanley Park and are closed to protect our water supply from human disturbance. As a result approximately 60,000 hectares of forested land provides a significant amount of space for numerous species to exist in their natural habitat. The health of these ecosystems is an important natural asset to our region; one that contributes greatly to the health and vitality of the place we call home. Come and see it for yourself!
Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours
Explore the connection between snow and your drinking water. Join Metro Vancouver staff on a guided tour of the peaks towering above the Seymour Valley; one of three places where water for over 2.4 million residents is collected and stored. Learn about your local water supply in a fun and active way. Discover local plants and animals that call this alpine area home. After a moderately strenuous hike, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
Cost: $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental
Info: Ages 13+ (17 and under need to be accompanied by an adult). Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep sections with snowshoes.
Please check back in January for the 2017 schedule.