We arrived at Nanaimo around 9 o`clock in the morning. There was a long tour in front of us, so we didn`t want to spend more time than necessary – had a short and tasty breakfast at Tim Hortons restaurant close to ferry port , then hit a Highway 19 to the north. Tofino is about 3 hours away from Nanaimo, by Highway 19 (known also as Island Highway) and then taking Highway 4A on intersection near Parksville, then to Highway 4. About 8 – 10 kilometers from intersection, on a right side, there was our first stop. Qualicum Falls Provincial park.
Once I said that British Columbia is a place with thousands of springs and rivers – literally. Some of them are short ones, that last as long as rain or snow fall. Running down the slopes of mountains, ending in a bigger rivers or lakes; every now and then you can see one. The others, like Little Qualicum river, cut their way through the rocks between steep mountains, making beautiful falls. Those falls were something we wanted to see. To stretch a legs and take a look at one of the beauties of Vancouver Island.
Little Qualicum Falls
But I decided to dedicate this post to one of the biggest living things on Earth. And oldest.
MacMillan Provincial Park is located on the western shore of Cameron Lake, about 16km east of Port Alberni in Vancouver island. This is a place where some of the oldest Douglas fir trees live – in Cathedral Grove. A simple photograph can`t give a real impression of their height – until you stand close to one…
A Big Tree
This giant is the largest tree in a park. 76 meters high and more than 800 years old, this tree has witnessed more history than most of the other living species on Earth. It was 300 years old when Cristopher Columbus came to North America in 1492. I wonder about stories it could tell…
In average, those trees live about 400 years and can reach 120 meters in height. The biggest problems they have are insects and fungus. Sometimes, long winters and dry summers weaken tree`s immune system. On a broken branch, fungus and larvae of insects spread inside the tree, eating buds and spreading through vascular tissue system down to the roots. Even though that could take years to occur, with weakened roots, tree eventually falls…
Cathedral Grove – fallen trees
But this is a rain forest. Ammount of rain and more light that reaches ground after an old tree died, gives a chance to new trees and other plants to grow. It is not unusual to see a trunk of a dead tree with few more trees growing on top of it or through it. Life can`t wait. An end of one is a beginning of the other…
While we were leaving Cathedral Grove, I was sad and thoughtful. I was aware that what I have just seen is probably one of the last unique spots of ancient times in undisturbed nature. Something that will soon disappear to never return. Along with its quiet giant guardians. A sentence from Blade Runner came to my mind:
"… And all those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die…"
More road was in front of us. And mountain pass. And snow. And Pacific waves…
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