Top Five Trees to See in Tofino

  • Photo credit
    Christopher Pouget
  • Photo credit
    Christopher Pouget
Trees tend to grow to spectacular sizes in Tofino and on Vancouver Island’s West Coast.  
While ideal growing conditions in this coastal temperate rainforest are key, we can’t help but think that trees thrive here because of the sheer love they’ve been shown through the years.  Go ahead, hug a (or some) trees.
  1. Eik Cedar Tree

    This Western redcedar is located across from Shelter Restaurant, near the highway as you enter Tofino.  Believed to be 800-1000 years old, it was declared an insurance hazard in 2001 and ordered to be destroyed. The citizens mobilized, two men lived for 37 days in its canopy, and money was raised to fortify the tree with a kind of steel girdle, installed in 2002.  For this and other actions, Tofino was officially named Tree Hugging Capital of the World.

  2.  Hanging Garden Tree 
    This Western redcedar on Meares Island’s Big Tree Trail has an impressive circumference of 18.3 metres (60 feet),  and is believed to be 1500-2000 years old. 

  3. Poster Tree 

    Also found on the Big Tree Trail, about 500 metres from the trailhead, this Western redcedar is believed to be 1000-1500 years old.

  4. St.Columba Tree

    Located on the grounds of St.Columba Church at Second Street and Main, this Western redcedar is believed to predate the church constructed next to it in 1913.  

  5. Eagle Tree on Dead Man’s Isle
    This aerie (nest site) located in a large Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is a common stop on whale watching expeditions. The resident eagles publicly nesting high on its branches don’t seem to mind the attention as they raise their newborn eaglets each year.


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