Introduction to the Vancouver Big Tree Hiking Guide
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. I have thus far made hiking guides for three areas: UBC and Pacific Spriti Park, Capilano Canyon, Lynn Valley, and Kerrisdale Elementary School
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.
Above: Meet the author on a hike to find a massive Douglas-fir in North Vancouver called Grandpa Capilano
British Columbia has about 50 native tree species. Of those, 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).
Please direct any questions or comments to Ira Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Select Big tree hiking areas (In no particular order):
- UBC’s forests and biggest trees
- Stanley park, Vancouver
- Capilano Canyon, North Vancouver
- Brother’s Creek, West Vancouver
- Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
- Seymour Valley, North Vancouver
- Kerrisdale’s big trees
- Upper Chilliwack Valley, Chilliwack