Public & Private Tours
Learn more about the history of one of the most important ecosystems in the Lower Mainland, from peat farming to the sunken tractor. Join a member of the Education Team on a free Public Tour as they demonstrate how to identify some of the Bog’s native and invasive species, and discuss some of the many ways local First Nations have lived off the land for time immemorial.
3-4.5km (2+ Hours)
*One Saturday per month (TBD)
Are you a nature photographer looking for the perfect shot? Are you a fellow community group looking for an outdoor learning experience? Private Tours are content-flexible (by request) and include important Bog history, local biodiversity, and Indigenous practices covered during Public Tours and Field Trips.
3-4.5km (2+ Hours)
*Up to 20 People
Based on Group
*20+ Subject to Department Approval
Tours proceed rain or shine. However, the Burns Bog Conservation Society retains the right to cancel tours at any time due to safety hazards or concerns. This may include, but is not limited to, extreme weather conditions, unexpected flash-flooding, fallen trees, or downed power lines.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each Tour?
Tours take around 2-2.5 hours. However, we do take the groups’ interest level and weather into consideration when delivering tours, so this timeframe is somewhat flexible.
Can’t we eat during the tour?
We generally don’t allow guests to eat during tours. Little crumbs or food that gets dropped on the ground can have a significant impact on the plants and animals in the Bog. There are no garbage cans along the boardwalks, so we want to make sure there is no garbage being brought into the Nature Reserve.
Are there bathrooms available?
Bathrooms are available before and after the tour inside Planet Ice. There are no toilets in the Delta Nature Reserve. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to use the bathroom.
My child is still 5 - can I bring them or send them on a tour?
As long as children are at least 5 and have completed Kindergarten, they are welcome to come on a tour under adult supervision. In general, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
I still have questions - who can I contact?
How far will we be walking?
The whole loop (to and from the parking lot) is about 4.5 km of walking.
Is there somewhere to have lunch or eat a snack?
We have a partnership with Planet Ice, who kindly allow our guests to use their facilities before or after tours. There is a cafeteria area inside Planet Ice, and benches at the front entrance.
Is there anything in particular I need to bring?
Regardless of the time of year, we recommend that guests wear rubber boots or other waterproof/water-resistant footwear. As tours operate rain or shine, please bring weather-appropriate clothing. Other recommendations include bug spray, binoculars, and a camera – keep in mind that the Society is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
I don’t know which type of Tour is suited to my needs - which one should I pick?
Our Public Tours are offered during the spring/summer and typically see small families or groups of friends attending. Private Tours are offered from March through October and work best for community groups like Scouts or Guides, sports teams, or similar programs. Private Tours are also a great opportunity for nature photographers or tourists to see the best of Burns Bog up close.