|Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:13 PM||comments (123)|
As you drove through Cathedral Grove on your way to the West Coast of Vancouver island the tall tree there is Douglas Fir, at 100 m. (330') tall it is not recognized as the tallest tree on the planet. However, some unusually tall specimens at just over 120 m. (400') were the tallest trees ever recorded; try and imagine a single tree as tall as a 40 story building. The tall tree on the West Coast is Sitka Spruce, at 90 m. (300) or 30 stories high.
The wide trees at both Cathedral Grove and here on the West side of Vancouver Island are the giant Western Red Cedar. There the trees are 6 - 800 year old. Here in Clayoquot Sound the oldest of the ancient trees are estimated to be 1,500 to 2,000 years old and a number of them are about 6 m. (20') in diameter. The nature of these ancient trees is that they are hollow which allows them to bend with the wind rather than break. This makes it difficult to determine the age of these old giants, however, scientists compare their growth rings patterns to those of known tree ages to discover their age.
At the end of the Big Tree Trail on Meares Island near Tofino in a grove of beautiful giants is the 'Hanging Garden Tree. She is estimated to be at least 1,400 years old and is an eco-system unto herself as she nurtures a variety of flora including several trees of different species; she is a prime example of a standing 'Nurse Tree'.
|Posted on May 5, 2017 at 8:01 PM||comments (63)|
FREE BOAT RIDES;on May 20-21/17. To Stubbs Island (AKA.Clayoquot Preserve Island); the owner of the Island hires several boats including Clayoquot Connections for Saturday & Sunday of the Queen Victoria Day Weekend each year. Boats leave the dock just in front of the Whalers on the Point hostile starting at noon. The last boat over is at 5:00 pm and everyone should be off the Island by 6:00 pm.
Stubbs Island is right in the harbour and only about 1 km west of Tofino. Come checkout the beautiful gardens & beaches, stroll on the boardwalks through the beautiful ancient forest. You can paddle over if you want. A great affordable (FREE) time for the whole family; have a picnic. And no dogs please.
|Posted on July 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM||comments (40)|
Last Sunday a bunch of friends (including some from Jamie's Whaling Station where I work and book from) took an evening cruise to Catherine's Floating Garden (aka. Freedom Cove). Everybody was blown-away by what they saw and experienced, the place is 'out of this world'. Catherine and Wayne truly loved the company and the feeling was mutual. The sunset on the way back to Tofino was glorious, the perfect ending to a great day.
So now we have staff at Jamie's Booking Office with personal experience of the Gardens to help them with any questions you may have.