Several animals call the Conservation Area and mudflats home such as black tailed deer which can be spotted in the forest.
The Maplewood Conservation Area encompasses 311 acres of land - only a fraction of the 6,425 region the mudflats and forests once spread over. However, the Wild Bird Trust has worked hard to create an atmosphere promoting both birding and a beautiful setting for hikers of all abilities with over three kilometres of trails, all of which are accessible with bridges and wide gravel walkways.
Established in 1999, the Maplewood Conservation Area (also known as Maplewood Flats Conservation Area) preserves the last waterfront wetland ecosystem on the North Shore. One of the area's newest established Parks, the Flats offer unparallelled wildlife viewing throughout the year ranging from mammals such as deer, black bear, river otters and seals but its best known as one of the premiere bird watching areas in Vancouver with a wide range of migratory, nesting and permanent year round species. Over two hundred different species have been identified in the Park - and that number continues to grow.
Keep a lookout for nesting Osprey on the wooden piles not far from the shorelines (which also have inspired the 'Return of the Osprey' Festival). Sandpipers pick through the rocks along the shores and Herons gracefully scoop up fish for their young. It is not uncommon to see Eagles, woodpeckers and other birds throughout the Park bringing people of all ages. Naturalists from a range of organizations can be seen along the trails with binoculars and cameras - many whom are happy to talk to interested visitors about the birds and animals to be seen in the season.
The Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia operates an information centre at the entrance to the park, and offers tours throughout the year on the second Saturday of every month to teach visitors about the Flats.
The Maplewood Conservation Area is an amazing park. Its designation as a wildlife habitat is well deserved with hundreds of bird species which have been spotted throughout the area as well as both the land and water mammals which visit the Park. Bring binoculars and enjoy some of the most amazing creatures to be seen in British Columbia.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Maplewood Conservation AreaLook for the wildlife viewing signs along the Dollarton Highway after the industrial area
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region