Welcome to the Vancouver big tree hiking guide. This page has been created to help people engage with Vancouver’s local forests through offering interpretation and directions for visiting exceptional old-growth forests in the Vancouver area. Vancouver’s is surrounded by lush temperate rainforest that contains trees over 1300 years old and up to 86 m tall. It is reported that the tallest trees on earth grew in the Vancouver area before logging commenced in the late 1800’s. Currently, of British Columbia’s 50 or so native tree species, the largest, widest or tallest specimens of at least eight of those species are known to be within Vancouver city limits (e.g., red alder and big leaf maple) or in the forests of the surrounding Lower Mainland (e.g., black cottonwood, amabilis fir, Douglas-fir, western hemlock, Pacific yew, and grand fir).
Two hiking guide pages have been added to this site: The UBC forests and big tree guide and the Capilano Canyon Hiking guide. Other areas around Vancouver with monumental trees worth checking out are listed and represented by photos below. Pages for these areas will be added soon!
For an introduction to Vancouver’s old-growth forests join the author of this website on a 2 1/2 minute video journey to find a massive Douglas-fir in North Vancouver called Grandpa Capilano!
Please direct any questions or comments to Ira Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Select Big tree hiking areas (In no particular order):
- UBC old-growth
- Stanley park, Vancouver
- Capilano Canyon, North Vancouver
- Brother’s Creek, West Vancouver
- Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
- Seymour Valley, North Vancouver
- Upper Chilliwack Valley, Chilliwack