Deer Lake Park is situated in a peaceful, natural environment in the heart of Burnaby. The north side of the park (with the lake at its centre) is home to several Arts and Culture destinations, while the south side, (the former Oakalla Prison and farm) is a resdential area. The lake itself is home to a wide variety of feathers, flora and fauna and features a number of walking trails that meander around the lake and through unique meadows and woodlands.
WHERE WILL WE MEET: We will meet in FRONT of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.......Parking is available in the lot off of Deer Lake Avenue....watch for the signs.....parking is free for 3 hours....you will be parked at the back of the Centre... head south through the buildings (you will now be able to see the lake)....look for us by the 3 tall, narrow "pyramids".
WHAT SHOULD I BRING: A Camera, It doesn't matter if you have a cameraphone, a point and shoot camera or a Digital SLR, any camera is fine.
A tripod (optional)
Be sure you are comfortable! Once we leave the Shadbolt Area, there are no restrooms until approximately 3/4 of the way through the walk. There are no stores, so bring a light snack and some bottled water...and don't forget your sunscreen.
WHILE RELATIVELY FLAT, THIS WALK WILL REQUIRE GOING UP SOME STAIRS AND INCLINES. We are walking on gravel trails, so make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear. This walk will take just over 2 hours. It is essential that the group stays together. We will return back to Shadbolt Centre where we started the walk.
WHAT CAN I PHOTOGRAPH: As well as things you would normally expect to see on a nature walk, we will be wandering on interesting trails, paths and walkways as we make our way around Deer Lake Park. We will pass the beach area, creeks and streams, the lookout tower in the bird sanctuary, stately homes and residences, the contemporary architecture of the Shadbolt Centre and if the weather co-operates majestic panorama views of the North Shore Mountains and Golden Ears Park. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for wildlife, racoons, coyotes, squirrels, turtles, birds, ducks, geese and pheasants are frequently spotted in the area. The area is also very popular for dog-walking, jogging, and strolling.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
For transit info....www.translink.ca
For information on downtown parking lots.....www.bestparking.com/vancouver-parking
RSVP Protocol - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate.
We are enthusiastic about photography and lovers of the City of Vancouver and the GVRD....however we are not qualified to answer any technical questions you may have...there may be more skilled members participating on the walk to answer your questions...if not Barry has kindly offered to answer any questions by email.
AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD FIVE OF YOUR BEST IMAGES
Hope to see you there!
Kelly and Tracy