The North Shore's only wild bird sanctuary
The site includes a 96-hectare intertidal area composed of mudflats and salt marsh. A 30-hectare upland area features deciduous and mixed forest, rough grassland, and freshwater marsh habitats. More than two hundred and fifty species of birds have been observed here to date.
Guidelines for Trail Use
It is essential to recognize the impact of human activities on Maplewood Flats ecosystems, especially considering the increase in site visitation yearly.
No jogging, no bicycles on site.
Joggers appear more intense in the birds’ field of view than walkers, are louder, and cause escape responses at greater distances. The effect of bicycles would likely have an even greater effect on bird behaviour. There is a bike rack located adjacent to the greeter hut near the trail entrance.
Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Dogs are only on the East side of the Conservation Area (i.e. no dogs on/beyond the bridge).
Keep off the beach.
Correct physical distancing.
BRIDGE - No stopping on the bridge.
Benches are closed.
Keep off the beaches and mudflats.
Do not touch or disturb wildlife.
Travel trails in a clockwise direction to aim for one way pedestrian traffic.
Resist picking flowers or berries.
These provide vital food sources for wildlife. Practice a “no trace” visit by taking away only photographs (and garbage).
Plan your visit.
Visit our website, or follow us on social media for updates: @MaplewoodFlats.
All Seasons Self-Guided Tour
Download your very own copy of the All Seasons Self-Guided Tour map for use whenever you visit the Flats. A laminated map is also available for use while on site and is available at the Greeter Hut (please note, the Greeter Hut is closed at this time as part of our Covid-19 social distancing response).
The Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The entire trail network is wheelchair accessible, as are the washrooms.
Washrooms are available at the Greeter Hut and Corrigan Nature House during volunteer hours (typically on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays).
Vehicle parking is free. Please do not park in Environment Canada´s Staff Parking Area Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. You may use their parking area after 5:30 pm, on weekends, and on Statutory Holidays.
A Translink Bus stop is located on Dollarton Hwy just past the entrance to the site. Visit the Translink webpage for transit schedules. Our address is 2649 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 1B1.
- From the east: From Phibbs Exchange near the intersection of Dollarton Highway and the Trans Canada Highway, take 212 Deep Cove bus (Bay 8) or 215 Indian River (Bay 6) to EASTBOUND DOLLARTON HWY AT 2600 BLOCK stop.
- From the west: get off the bus at WESTBOUND DOLLARTON HWY AT 2500 BLOCK stop.