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SFU geologist John Clague returns for another exciting tour of British Columbia’s dynamic, evolving landscape. This year’s trip will showcase the geology of the spectacular Howe Sound-Whistler corridor, as well as hazards related to maintaining roads and railways through the Coast Mountains. Topics include the geology of Metro Vancouver, rockfalls and debris flows along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Britannia Mine, the geology of Howe Sound, the origin of Stawamus Chief, the eruptive history of Mt. Garibaldi volcano, and “fire-and-ice” landforms south of Whistler.

Stops of Interest:

1. Cypress Lookout – Geological overview of Metro Vancouver
2. Caulfeild Park – Metamorphic and igneous rocks of the Coast Mountains
3. Porteau Cove – Fiord, submerged end moraine, rockfall hazard along Sea-to-Sky Highway
4. Britannia – Mine tour, mine-related disasters in 20th century
5. Stawamus Chief – Coast Mountains geology, glacial erosion
6. Squamish River – Floods, flood mitigation
7. Ring Creek lava flow and run-of-the river hydroelectric plant


Adult: $150
Youth, if accompanied by parent or guardian: $100

Price includes:

  • Bus transport
  • Britannia Mine tour
  • Geology guide Dr. John Clague
  • Naturalist and plant expert Kelly Pearce
  • First aid support


Participants should be able bodied, with at least average physical fitness. Field locations include some rough, uneven ground. Distances are short, so stamina is not required.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

7:45 AM – Meet the bus at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver
8:15 AM – Bus departs to begin geology tour
5:00 PM – Bus arrives back at West Vancouver

Fraser Valley residents can join the bus in Hope, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford.



The tour officially begins in West Vancouver at the Park Royal Mall at 7:45 am.

Fraser Valley residents can join the bus in Hope, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford.



Participants must make their own arrangements in order to reach tour bus pick-up locations in Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and West Vancouver.

The tour officially begins in West Vancouver at Park Royal Shopping Mall (7:45 am).


* Bag lunch
* Snack food and water
* Hiking boots or other sturdy footwear
* Warm clothes and rain gear
* Sunglasses, hat, sunblock
* Camera, binoculars
* Geology field book, hand lens

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


Liability Release Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.


Dr. John Clague Biography

John Clague is Emeritus Professor at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA), the University of California Berkeley (MA), and the University of British Columbia (PhD). Clague worked as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1975 until 1998. In 1998 he accepted a faculty position in Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is currently Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. Clague has 35 years experience working as a surficial geologist in British Columbia and Yukon Territory. He has studied, and published on, natural hazards in southwest Yukon and has been a member of expert panels evaluating proposed British Columbia mine tailing storage facilities and debris flow and flood hazards. Clague’s other principle professional interest is improving public awareness of earth science by making relevant geoscience information available to students, teachers, and the general public. He gives frequent talks to school and community groups and is regularly called on by the media to comment on a range of earth science issues. He has written two popular books on the geology and geologic hazards of southwest British Columbia, and a textbook on natural hazards. Clague is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former President of the Geological Association of Canada, and Past-President of the International Union for Quaternary Research and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). He is recipient of the Geological Society of America Burwell Award, the Royal Society of Canada Bancroft Award, APEGBC’s Innovation Editorial Board Award, the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) E.R.W Neale Medal, and GAC’s Logan Medal and Ambrose Medal. He was the 2007-2008 Richard Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America and Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology.


Space is limited and there may be a waiting list, so please let us know immediately if you must cancel.

If a registration is cancelled 7 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 7 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 your pet at home.