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Backyard Travel | Ancient Forest, British Columbia, Canada.

Ancient Forest, Prince George, British Coumbia

The Ancient Forest is now equipped with a wheel chair accessible boardwalk that offers gorgeous views of the forest.

In the works of becoming the next UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The Ancient Forest is located on Highway 16 about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Prince George, British Columbia. The Ancient Forest is a wet belt forest located in Northern BC. The most questionable thing about the forest, you will wonder the same thing if you live in this region, is how does it survive the super-hot, dry summers and long, snowy, freezing winters? It makes no sense to me! The forests are now being studied by students at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). They answered this question for us,

“One of the most important elements supporting the growth of ancient Western Red Cedars in toe-slope stands of the inland rain forest is the abundance of sub-surface water. The large cedar trees in these stands are literally watered by sub-surface irrigation throughout the dry summer period. The evidence of a shallow water table in these toe-slope stands can be seen in the many small seepage areas and streams alongside the Ancient Forest trail. Crucial to the continued flow of these seepage areas is ground water recharge from melting of the winter snowpack, both within the stands themselves, and from melt on adjacent higher elevation slopes.” (http://web.unbc.ca/~wetbelt/af-trail.htm)

This forest is truly a must see location in Northern British Columbia, it will take your breath away! Photos cannot really do it justice, but if you’re half way around the world from here and don’t have any future plans to BC, Canada I’ll give you a glimpse into this truly magical forest.

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The Ancient Forest Trail hike takes about 45 minutes. It’s not a very challenging hike but has a few steep inclines and roots sticking up. Unfortunately at this moment the trail is not wheelchair accessible but they have put a very nice wheelchair accessible path along the side of the hike that is worth checking out!

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The Ancient Forest trail consists of a well maintained hiking trail, BIG trees (above), a lot of different species of plant life, animal life and a waterfall (pictured below) which descends into a creek which you walk along during the hike. :)

The bottom right tree (pictured above) is the ‘Big Tree’ in the Ancient Forest with a diameter of 5 meters (16 feet)!!! Studies have been made but they are unsure of the exact age of the Big Tree, they have estimated perhaps 2000 years!!

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21 Responses to “Backyard Travel | Ancient Forest, British Columbia, Canada.”

  1. tanyaparks70 November 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

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  2. Joe Ankenbauer September 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Such beautiful pictures! I’ve always heard about Ancient Forest, but I’ve never been. I’m glad it’s going through the UNESCO process!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      Me too! I believe it will have many benefits for the region! :) Plus, once you visit it’s so clear why it deserves such a name!

  3. Sue Reddel September 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    I haven’t been to BC but your description and photos of the ancient forest there certainly make it intriguing. I like the the hike is doable for those of us who aren’t adventure travelers but still love to get out and experience the beauty of nature.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

      It’s mostly definitely a hike for anyone, it’s not physically challenging and offers such stunning sights. It truly shows the beauty of nature. ^_^

  4. Escaping Abroad September 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Gorgeous! From the photos it looks a lot like Northern California. I’m a big nature lover and hiker, this is definitely going on the list for places to visit!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

      And here I am always thinking Northern California looks so much like the forests here in Northern BC, haha. If you’re ever in the region let me know, there’s plenty of amazing hikes all within a close distance to this one. I highly recommend a trip to Northern BC to see it for yourself! ^_^

  5. mar September 6, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Wow a 2,000 year old tree! It is a very pretty place, would love to wander about in my hiking boots! Let’s hope for it to be named the next UNESCO site next year!

  6. Mindi Hirsch September 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    I’ve been to British Columbia, but only to Victoria and Vancouver. These photos make me want to further explore the province.
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  7. Claudia September 7, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    Never been to British Columbia but I would love to go. Isn’t it great when natural sites make it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites lists?
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    • Dawn Kealing September 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      I’m sure you’d love it here, it’s a stunningly gorgeous province. :)

      It really is! I truly believe it deserves the title. :)

  8. Meg Jerrard September 7, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    Sounds amazing, and totally unique – there’s no way I would have thought a forest could survive such extremes in seasonal temperature either, though nature has a funny way of playing by its own rules!! Would love to walk among those trees and just imagine all of the history they’ve lived through. It blows my mind to think that something has been alive for more than 2,000 years!!

    Thanks for the feature – let’s hope for UNESCO to come through!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      I’d be lying if I said I understood how these trees can live through our -40° Celsius … I can barely live through it myself sometimes. :O

      I’m really hoping for UNESCO to come through, it would be very beneficial in many ways. :)

  9. Lauren @ Justin Plus Lauren September 7, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    What a gorgeous place – I’d love to go for a hike here. I can’t believe how old those trees are, it’s incredible! I really hope it gets added to the UNESCO list!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      It’s a truly magical place, I love going there every year. It just doesn’t get old. :)

  10. Francesca @onegrloneworld September 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    The ancient forest trail sounds perfect for me! I love nature hikes like this but I like to walk leisurely and enjoy what’s around me. It’s gorgeous, no wonder it’s on it’s way to becoming a UNESCO site!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

      It’s a perfect hike with amazing sights! :) I’m sure you’d love it! ^_^

  11. Vanessa September 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    As a certified travel wimp, I can say that this nature walk seems 100% perfect for me. I love that is more accessible than the average trail as well.

    Do you know if it’s accessible in winter for snowshoeing?

    • Dawn Kealing September 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      It definitely is! :) I have yet to get out there with a pair of snowshoes but I know plenty of people who have. :)

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