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.
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!
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!!
Have you ever been to British Columbia? What was your favorite place? There’s so much to see!
Come join me on this epic Adventure!
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