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The west coast of British Columbia is home to the largest and oldest coastal rain forest on earth. Some firs and cedars are at least 800 years old. In 1944, a well-known forester, H.R. MacMillan, donated 136 hectares of land bordering Cameron Lake,Vancouver Island,containing a unique group of very large and old trees, which was established as MacMillan Provincial Park three years later, and expanded in size in the Spring of 2005.
The largest Douglas Fir is over 9 metres in circumference and 76 metres high. The park is probably better known as Cathedral Grove, and to walk through the silent giants is indeed an emotional experience.
Taken in September 2009 with a Fuji S100FS camera.

Comments

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture and writing George, seen a few of these out there in my day. Great overal job and nicley displayed !!

  • Thanks Sean..always loved walking in the big forest groves, but hadn’t been to this one for about 15 years. It was so good to get re-acquainted!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George. I can only imagine the awe these trees would inspire.

  • Thanks Mike. The biggest problem is perspective..trying to show these giants in their true size. Their size and the silence is what really is quite awesome. Almost everyone seems to talk in very low tones or not at all, which is as it should be :)

    – George Cousins

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture George! I love this place!!!

  • Hello Al, pleased to meet you. We wander up your way quite often. I agree, the Grove is a marvelous place to go at any time, but especially when things aren’t going so good in life..it seems to make all those big problems fade away into nothing. Works for me,at least :)

    – George Cousins

  • silvercircles
    silvercirclesabout 5 years ago

    Looks like a good hiking or picnic spot. = )

  • Well, it’s very well protected and you have to stay on the trails..the root systems are very delicate despite the huge size of the trees. There are beautiful spots outside the grove where there is a big beautiful lake, ideal for camping or picnics.

    – George Cousins

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Were there totems in there? I guess you’d have to do a fair amount of walking to find them if they were!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Sarah, no totems in there, I’m sending you a BM about them.

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

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  • Hi Irene..very nice surprise! Glad that some one liked the old trees!

    – George Cousins

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