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Explore the world of lichens with British Columbia’s leading expert on the subject.

Trevor Goward leads this tour of Manning Park, taking you from coastal old-growth forest to subalpine meadows in one amazing day.  You’ll see dozens of lichen species that have adapted to almost every available niche in the landscape, colonizing the surfaces of rock, bark, wood and soil.  They can live on barren surfaces because everything they need comes directly from the sun and atmosphere.

Lichens are mysterious organisms.  They resist easy categorization, being a symbiotic union between two — and sometimes three — completely different kingdoms of life.  Trevor Goward asks us to think of lichens as “fungi that have discovered agriculture.”  Most of what you see on the outside is fungal tissue, but hidden inside is a primitive plant — either green algae, cyanobacteria, or a mixture of both.  These plants manufacture sugar which they feed to the fungus, in return for shelter.

More than two thousand species of lichens exist in the Pacific Northwest, and they play important ecological roles.  Trevor will reveal these myriad relationships as he leads you through the diverse landscape of Manning Park, a protected area that boasts 5 distinct “biogeoclimatic zones.”


A series of short hikes, none more than 2 kilometres, will take place at various stops along Highway-3 in Manning Park, finishing at the Three Brothers Meadows at the top of the Blackwall Peak Road.  People of moderate physical fitness can enjoy this day in the mountains.


$125 per person (taxes included)

Price includes:
* Lunch and dessert “on the trail”
* Two professional guides
* Expert knowledge of Trevor Goward
* First aid support


8:00 AM
Meet at the Owl Street Café in Hope.
Note: if you would like to have breakfast, come earlier (7:30 AM) to leave enough time.

8:30 AM
Vehicles depart from the Owl Street Cafe.

In the morning, we’ll stop at Rhododendron Flats and Memaloose Trail on Manning Park’s western side, then proceed toward the subalpine.

Lunch at the Blackwall Peak Road in Manning Park.

In the afternoon, we’ll explore the Blackwall Road and subalpine meadows via Heather Trail.

3:30 PM
Begin driving down the Blackwall Road, returning to Highway-3 by 4:00 PM.

5:00 PM
Arrive back at Owl Street Café in Hope.


We will meet at the Owl Street Café, located in Silver Creek, just outside of Hope.
Address: 19855 Owl Street (Exit 168 on Highway-1 west of Hope)

Map for Owl Street Café.


What to Bring:

* High-energy snack food
* Water (2 litres recommended per person)
* Hiking boots or sturdy runners
* Warm clothes and rain gear in case of bad weather
* Sunglasses, camera, binoculars
* Plant I.D. book and/or lichen book


If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.


Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.


Register online to reserve your spot.  Call 604-869-1274 or email us at for more information.