Vancouver Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Hungry birds landing for some beef jerky
    Hungry birds landing for some beef jerky
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  • Mmmm.... beautiful tall trees
    Mmmm.... beautiful tall trees
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    CATHEDRAL GROVE

    by LoriPori Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    MacMillan Park- Cathedral Grove, a day park located at the top end of Cameron Lake is noted for a preserved section of lush old-growth forest that is unique on Vancouver Island. An interpretive trail system winds through these 800-year old giants, allowing for close inspection of the tree rings on some downed logs that were victims of blowdowns. This park gives you a sense of what Vancouver Island and the West Coast looked like before the arrival of European settlers.

    Hans & Old Tree Stump

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    CATHEDRAL GROVE

    by LoriPori Written Oct 29, 2004

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    MacMillan Park's spectacular CATHEDRAL GROVE is a long archway of massive Douglas Fir trees that stand about 150 metres tall, some with trunks that are 6 metres around. The "Gateway to the Pacific Rim" takes you through this immense forest. You can stop and walk through the guided trails and learn about the history from the kiosks among the shaded, tall trees.

    Hans & GIANT FIR

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    CATHEDRAL GROVE

    by LoriPori Written Oct 29, 2004

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    On Tuesday, June 3, driving along Highway 4 West, we came across CATHEDRAL GROVE . Our friends in Vancouver recommended that we stop by here. You'll know you've reached this park because massive trees suddenly create a spectacular green roof across the road. MacMillan Park-Cathedral Grove is a preserved stand of old-growth trees. A network of trails will lead you to some of the largest Douglas Firs, several more than 800 years old. It's difficult to describe these forest giants but maybe one dimension will bring it home. The largest tree in the grove measures over 30 feet around.

    Lori & A GIANT TREE

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    Get out there and check out the wildlife

    by K.Knight Written Jul 2, 2004

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    We like to take that dirt road and see what happens.
    A couple of Aussies travelling in the northern hemisphere try to look at what others may take for granted. Salmon were jumping out of the water on their annual pilgrimage and the Canada geese were just taking it all in.
    Well, at least we were impressed and not a kangaroo in sight!

    Canada geese
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    feed the Whiskey Jacks right out of your hand

    by cherylll Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    Paradise Meadows, top if Mount Washington
    A beautiful hike for the whole family or can also be an excellent challenge for the more serious hiker. From 3hr. hikes to 3day hikes depending on which routes you dcide to take. There are maps of all the different trails, outhouses along the way, lots of wild life, great for bird watchers

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    • Birdwatching
    • Family Travel

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    another sunrise in the winter

    by cherylll Written Jan 10, 2005

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    ...actually the sun had all ready been up for about an hour but it was such a beautiful, crisp morning

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    Top end of Vancouver Island

    by the_dutchman Written Nov 9, 2003

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    Cape Scott is the most northern point of Vancouver Island and is accessable only by foot after a lenghty hike. This way this beautifull area will keep it's pristine looks.

    Just wait till the tide comes in
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking

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    a true "rain forest" experience

    by cherylll Written Oct 17, 2003

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    Seal Bay park, north of Courtenay. A beautiful rainforest walk through the trees and comes out onto the beach.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches

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