This online hiking guide aims to connect you with the astonishing local forests around Vancouver, BC. You’ll find stories and clear directions for visiting exceptional old-growth forests in the Vancouver area, such as Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, UBC and Pacific Spirit Park, Capilano Canyon, Coquitlam Watershed, and Kerrisdale Elementary School.
Vancouver is a globally significant area for big trees. The city is surrounded by lush temperate rainforest that to this day contains trees over 1300 years old and up to 86 m tall. It is reported that the tallest trees on earth once grew in the Vancouver area before logging commenced in the late 1800’s.
Of the 50 tree species native to British Columbia many of the largest, widest or tallest specimens of several species are found within Vancouver city limits. For example, there are record specimens of red alder and big leaf maple in Stanley Park. Others are nearby, including the giant black cottonwoods of Deroche, the champion amabilis fir on Black Mountain, the tallest Douglas-fir of BC in the Coquitlam Watershed, the widest western hemlock in the world in Lynn Valley, huge Pacific yews in Capilano valley, and the 65 m tall grand fir that can be easily seen above UBC.
The remarkable forests around Vancouver are woven deep within the economic, cultural, and heritage fabric of the city. Nonetheless, many urbanites have gown disconnected from the forest, and I’m on a mission to change; explained here and in the video below.
Above: Meet the author on a hike to find a massive Douglas-fir in North Vancouver called Grandpa Capilano
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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 (video)
- Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
- Seymour Valley, North Vancouver
- Kerrisdale’s big trees
- Upper Chilliwack Valley, Chilliwack
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Coquitlam Watershed and the Meech Creek Giant