Burke Mountain Naturalists: Protecting Nature in the Tri-Cities

Trailhead at Pinecone Burke Mountain Provincial Park

Having grown up on the slopes of Burke Mountain, it has always had special meaning to me. Not only was my house literally on the mountainside, I spent countless hours hiking and cycling all over that terrain. Now that Burke Mountain is protected within the Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, I know that my kids will be able to enjoy that same area for years to come. Protecting Burke Mountain is just one of the many accomplishments of the Burke Mountain Naturalists around the Tri-Cities, in protecting natural spaces.

Burke Mountain Naturalists Nature Tri-Cities

My two kids on a hike in Minnekhada Regional Park in the shadow of Burke Mountain

Burke Mountain Naturalists: Protecting Nature in the Tri-Cities

A short list of accomplishments of the Burke Mountain Naturalists (BMN) includes protection of:

  • Colony Farm Regional Park
  • Coquitlam River Wildlife Management Area (south of Colony Farm)
  • Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
  • Douglas Island (part of the Fraser River Islands Regional Park)
  • Eagle Mountain (Part of Indian Arm Provincial Park)

In the course of one mountain bike ride from my home, I have passed through 3 of these protected areas and included others as part of the natural vista available to me during the ride – it truly is a treasure to have these areas within the Tri-Cities!

Burke Mountain Naturalists Nature Tri-Cities

Memorial cross at the trailhead to Pinecone Burke Mountain Provincial Park

Connect With the Group

As well as toiling to protect and preserve areas around the Tri-Cities, they are currently working on ensuring preservation of the entire Riverview Hospital lands among other projects, the BMN provides educational activities and materials, some of which are available at the Port Moody Library. Membership is for a small nominal fee and family memberships are available. With your membership you receive a monthly newsletter that covers BMN activities, local issues and upcoming events as well as articles on natural history and the environment. You will also receive a quarterly subscription to the Federation of BC Naturalists’ magazine.

If you would like to meet some members of the BMN and learn more about the organization you are welcome to join the BMN hiking group as a non-member by way of an introduction. Hikes are planned often and include local Tri-Cities hikes as well as some further afield, like the Stawamus Chief. The hikes range from ’semi-urban’ trails that connect to wilderness areas to ‘more strenuous’ hikes like Tangled Summit (Eagle Peak) or Golden Ears that take a full day. Information on Burke Mountain Naturalists’ Club membership and events, including upcoming hikes and activities, is available online at www.bmn.bc.ca.

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  1. Rod Blackburn says:

    Why are there large schools of goldfish fry in Como Lake? Just curious as to whether or not they are just Carp fry and why they would be able to survive the obviously heavy predation.

    • I don’t know the answer, specifically, but it happens that I recently saw the same thing at the Sanctuary at the PNE, and spoke with someone about it. She said that people illegally dump their pet goldfish in the lake, where they multiply. The trout in the lake there (the Sanctuary is stocked like Como Lake) do eat the goldfish – but not usually until they get a little bigger, so there are a lot of fry left swimming around. I would guess the situation at Como Lake is similar, being of similar size and climate, and having similar predatory species.