For decades, I’d been daydreaming about a trip to Cathedral Provincial Park , one of the more scenic locations in southwestern British Columbia. Located in a secluded corner of the Cascade Mountains, it’s long been a popular destination for hikers. In an unexpected twist of fate last year, it turned out my good friend Shane just happened to invite me along on a trip he’d planned. The idea was to spend a couple of days searching for alpine flowers and Mountain goats . Was I interested in joining him? It didn’t take me too long to say yes!
When discussion turns to the great remaining stands of ancient Western red cedar, many people are refer to the trees found on the western coasts of British Columbia and Washington. Even among those interested in hunting down those fast disappearing giants, precious little attention is paid to the few surviving rainforests of British Columbia’s interior. If you have never been to one of these rare and beautiful sanctuaries, then this story might just pique your interest! Continue reading Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park and Protected Area
Maybe some of you have seen the movie No Country for Old Men? Well, uhhh, this is definitely not that. Not even close, really. I’m just hijacking and paraphrasing the catchy title of a fine film. Rather than a tale of intrigue over a battle for ill gotten gains, this, instead, is about a day out climbing in the Cascade Mountains of southwestern British Columbia Continue reading High Country for Old Men!
As everyone here in British Columbia knows, there have been numerous hot summer days to go around this year. More accurately, the midsummer weather began early in May, and southwestern British Columbia has had one of its most active forest fire seasons Continue reading Coquihalla Dreamin’
In British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, steep slopes, sharp rock, avalanche fans and fields of ice abound. That is typical terrain in Glacier National Park, not far, as the crow flies, from the mountain town of Revelstoke Continue reading An Ode to the Glacier Crest Trail
A couple of weeks ago, when we were passing through Mt Revelstoke National Park, I managed a short hike on the Ancient Cedars Boardwalk. As my treks go, it’s a relatively effortless one, but I like to stop there every so often to enjoy this forest. It’s a stand dominated by western redcedars, and while few of the trees exceed six feet in diameter, it’s notable that they are nevertheless very old, some perhaps five hundred years in age Continue reading Strolling the Ancient Cedars Boardwalk
It was September of 2012 when I received a message from my good friend Chris: Was I interested in joining him and a group of friends to do some canyoneeering on Vancouver Island? First, a brief explanation, of sorts. For those of you who have never heard of canyoneering, it’s a sport in which you don a wetsuit and dry pack and make your way down a creek canyon as best you can to hopefully emerge in one piece. Continue reading Canyoneering 101: An Afternoon in Looper Creek Canyon
When I first found myself on the west coast of British Columbia after arriving from Quebec in the late 1970s, the very first thing that captivated me here in British Columbia were the towering conifers. The very scent of the forest was something completely unknown to me, and I can recall spending an inordinate amount of time gazing upward in admiration. It was that sense of awe that kindled my interest in trees, which remains strong even today. I have spent countless hours in search of the province’s remaining forest giants. Continue reading Cheewhat to Carmanah, a Journey Back In Time
Time now for the conclusion of this chronicle. The sundial had moved forward yet another year. It was now May of 2009, and no doubt you’ve guessed by now that we were once again chilling at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. It was way too early to be drinking anything but coffee, but it was another bluebird day, and this time we were going to find that tree, right? The Simpsons imitations were flowing freely, and I was doing my best Troy McClure ( credit here to The Simpsons, all rights reserved, and the late, great Phil Hartman )… Continue reading The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 3 of 3
The months rolled by, the pages of the calendar turned, sometimes slowly, sometimes swiftly, as life goes. Now it was May of 2008. Chris and I had resolved to try again on a spring day to find the Red Creek Fir and so, there we were again, somewhat livelier, in line again at 5 am for the ferry to Nanaimo. Filled with laughter and optimism, how could we possibly fail? [sarcasm/] Well, keep reading, for more insight into that rather unlikely scenario [/sarcasm]. Continue reading The Saga of the Red Creek Fir, Part 2 of 3