Cathedral Grove-2019

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels.  But their magic sparkles in nature.”  ~Lynn Holland

While we were camping at Englishman River Falls-2019, we visited Cathedral Grove, which we have visited a few times before.

Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here visitors can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world – some more than 800 years old.” –  B.C. Parks

“Cathedral Grove is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. They are the survivors of a forest fire that ravaged the area some 350 years ago and the even more devastating invasion by Europeans who colonized Vancouver Island from 1849.” – Cathedral Grove

“Cathedral Grove is still standing today because extraordinary citizens have been speaking up to protect it for almost a century. Everyone from loggers and corporate bosses to environmentalists has recognized Cathedral Grove as a special gem.” – Kathryn Molloy of the Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter.” – Cathedral Grove

Erik had a lot of trees to mark.

Cathedral grove is close to Coombs, Nanaimo, QualicumPort Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet

When the trees fall down, B.C. Parks just clear the paths, but leave the trees there so that moss, ferns, etc. can grow on the old trees.

Giant’s Grave.

This giant red cedar once stood 71 m (233 ft) tall and 4.5 m (15 ft) in diameter. Vandals set it aflame in 1972, ending its 700 year life. It was cut down because the flames were so intense it was feared the fire would spread throughout the park. This tree is an example of our often careless attitude to our forests. It now lies in a self-dug grave created by the force of the impact, a grim reminder of vandalism.” 

Cathedral Grove: Land Of Giant Trees

NEXT: Miracle Beach-2019


Cathedral Grove- 2015
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Cathedral Grove -2010
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Vancouver Island 2009
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Cathedral Grove, B.C.– 2001
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  1. Those fallen trees are an amazing source of food for so many other things. We have seen the strangest mushrooms & orange fungus on them as well. Makes you feel better – not the end of something, just a different beginning. 💗

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Beautifully put Colleen ♥
      We fortunately went in the week, when their were a few less tourists.
      You thought selfie takers were bad, now you have people walking around with GoPro’s on a stick and holding them at arm’s length


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