Carmanah Valley

Port Renfrew, British Columbia

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One of the most ecologically diverse places on Vancouver Island, this old-growth temperate rain forest is home to some of the world’s largest and oldest Sitka spruce trees. Measuring 95 meters, the Carmanah Giant is said to be the world’s tallest Sitka spruce. Endangered marbled murrelets nest on mossy pads of these trees. In addition, stands of old-growth Sitka spruce like the ones located in the floodplain of the Carmanah Valley are said to have the greatest biomass of any place on Earth.
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by Shannon & Lissa Cowan (Falcon Guides)

One of the most ecologically diverse places on Vancouver Island, this old-growth temperate rain forest is home to some of the world’s largest and oldest Sitka spruce trees. Measuring 95 meters, the Carmanah Giant is said to be the world’s tallest Sitka spruce.

Endangered marbled murrelets nest on mossy pads of these trees. In addition, stands of old-growth Sitka spruce like the ones located in the floodplain of the Carmanah Valley are said to have the greatest biomass of any place on Earth.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Renfrew
Distance: 6.9
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round; best May to September
Local Contacts: BC Parks; Ministry of Forests, South Island Forest District
Local Maps: NTS Maps 92 C/10, 92 C/15
Driving Directions: Directions to Carmanah Valley

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May 2018