Stanley Park Beach Walk for Pull Together @ Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vancouver [from 22 to 23 July]

Stanley Park Beach Walk for Pull Together

22 - 23
10:00 - 13:15

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
These two beach walks are a fundraiser for Pull Together hosted by marine biologist Abby Schwarz. Space is limited to 12 people per walk; reserve your spot by donating at

Important event details follow:

The edge of the sea is a unique and lovely place. Over thousands of years, the inhabitants of the intertidal zone have evolved adaptations to their constantly changing environment. Because we will only protect what we understand, I am offering two beach walks designed to acquaint people with intertidal life.

Although Stanley Park is at the edge of a highly urbanized land mass, its intertidal zones are home to many species. Climate change, sea-level rise, and pollution from human activities are changing this environment, with unknown consequences for its inhabitants. We do not know what the effects of the increase in oil tanker traffic (from one to seven tankers per week) in English Bay will be if the Kinder Morgan Trans Pipeline project goes ahead.

Stanley Park is located within the shared unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The Musqueam and Tseil-Waututh, along with the Coldwater Nation, have launched court challenges to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project. Tankers carrying bitumen from this pipeline would seriously threaten their way of life and the intertidal resources of English Bay and Burrard Inlet on which they have depended for thousands of years.

Sierra Club B.C., Raven, and Force of Nature are supporting these legal challenges through the Pull Together campaign. All the money raised through Pull Together goes to the nations fighting Kinder Morgan. Please join us in solidarity with them to protect the vulnerable biodiversity of the intertidal communities. Learn more at

Because we will only protect what we understand, I am offering two beach walks designed to acquaint people with intertidal life.

REGISTRATION AND COSTS: Please make your donation on the Raven-Pull Together fundraising page to secure your spot (suggested minimum donation is $10 for individuals and $20 for a family). In the section «Please leave a comment», please indicate whether you are signing up for the Saturday or the Sunday walk (only register for one walk), and whether you are donating to reserve a space for a family or an individual. Maximum 12 people per walk; no children under 12 years. You will be emailed a tax receipt from Raven Trust.

Sat. July 22: low tide 1.3 ft at 11:25 am. Meet at 10 am. End 12:30 pm.

Sun. July 23: low tide 1.0 ft at 12:12 pm. Meet at 10:45 am. End 1:15 pm.

The two walks will cover the same material. We'll go rain or shine (but not in a deluge!).

VENUE AND MEETING POINT: Lumberman’s Arch Beach, next to the wading pool. The beach slope is very slight with easy access. There are washrooms nearby and you can refill water bottles. We’ll meet in the parking lot across from the Children’s Wading Pool on the north shore of Stanley Park.

GETTING THERE: by transit, take the #19 bus into Stanley Park and get off at the last stop. Walk north (toward the mountains), past the concession stand, down the hill to the parking lot. If you are coming by car (car-pool if possible!), the parking lot is on the left side of the road across from the wading pool. There is pay parking throughout Stanley Park. Estimate 2-3 hrs.

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather: long-sleeved shirt, comfortable pants you don’t mind getting wet, rain jacket and hood if needed, and shoes or water shoes with a good grip. Please do not wear heavy hiking boots as they damage the beach critters. Bring a hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, a small backpack with lunch/snack and water, any extra clothing you may want, and a camera, a guidebook to shoreline life if you have one you like, and binoculars for birding (these three items are optional). I’ll bring a bag for beach garbage.

ABOUT ME: I am a marine biologist (Ph.D. Biology, retired from Langara College) with concentration in animal behaviour and ecology. My major research interest is underwater sound: acoustic communication in fishes, how fishes use the acoustic environment (the underwater “soundscape”) to navigate, avoid bad weather and predators, and find feeding, wintering and spawning areas, and how they respond to anthropogenic (noise from human activities). I led the intertidal biodiversity surveys at four shoreline sites in Stanley Park from 2012-2014.

This event will take place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Photo credlt: Sébastien Launay
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