Visit Maplewood Flats
The North Shore's only wild bird sanctuary
We acknowledge that Maplewood Flats is on the unceded lands and waters of the Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish Peoples.
West Pond by John Lowman
Things to do at Maplewood Flats
Maplewood Flats invites exploration and discovery. You will find a wonderful diversity of life, from the simplest organisms to the most complex. All are linked together in food webs built upon a foundation of green plants that capture the sun’s energy to create the fuel necessary for all animal life. We all share these precious resources of space, air, food and water.
A collaborative path towards conservation and reconciliation
Maplewood Flats is situated within the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The area has been occupied by Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish People since time immemorial. Prior to settler contact and industrialization, the region featured contiguous mudflats across Burrard Inlet.
Adjacent to Maplewood Flats is the TWN community and village site, as well as resource harvesting sites such as an ancient fish weir located on the mudflats. The mudflats provided food security for the TWN and were managed for fish, shellfish, waterfowl and other resources.
The Indigenous knowledge of wild birds and Coast Salish culture in this public space signals a collaborative path forward where the local ways of knowing are honoured and shared in culturally appropriate ways. In this way, Maplewood Flats’ programs connect Coast Salish culture with the greater Vancouver public and promotes reconciliation and redress.
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