The largest Ancient Inland Rainforest on Earth

Nestled in the heart of the British Columbia interior is the largest ancient inland temperate rainforest on earth. The watershed of the upper Fraser River has given rise to a unique inland wet-temperate rainforest; a forest ecosystem that combines attributes of both the coastal wet-temperate rainforests of British Columbia and adjacent boreal forests of Alberta and the far north.

Though forests are plentiful in British Columbia (close to 25% of the earth’s temperate rainforests are in BC), this particular region of the province is something special. Showcasing trees that span five meters in diameter at their base, reaching hundreds of feet towards the sky, densely packed to canopy vegetation and plant life found nowhere else on earth, it’s estimated the trees in this forest range between 1,000 – 2,000 years old.

Though this land has been protected as provincial park for several decades, in 2016 a portion of the park was turned into a hiking/walking trail to teach people the importance of rainforests in our ecosystem. What a perfect place for Auntie Vee to take the little chickens for an adventure! Their dad works 5-5 on Friday’s and mom had to be in court, so I had my niece and nephew and we went for a day hike.

Without further adieu, here are some unfiltered photos from the largest ancient inland temperate rainforest on earth.

It was quite a rainy day for an adveture. But hey, there’s something poetic about finding rain in the rainforest. The kids loved it, and me, I’m always happy to experience just how vast this planet truly is and remind myself what a beautiful corner of this world I come from.

26 thoughts on “The largest Ancient Inland Rainforest on Earth

      1. I am traveling from the 18th of September and sincerely hope and pray that the book is published before that. Shall be in Montreal from the 19th till the 26th of September and in Toronto in mid October. This trip is primarily to see the fall colours 😊

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    1. Thanks for the notification. I love your blog and love to live vicariousy thorugh you. I cannot find a follow button on your new link. Can you help?

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  1. Whoa! I am in awe over the photos of this area. You have amazing skills with the camera and even if you didn’t I think the pictures would have still looked fantastic! Great read, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. I actually just got a new camera two weeks ago. I’m finding that I like all of my pictures a lot more. Mind you, you’re right, when it comes to a place like this… it’s hard to take a bad picture.

      Thank you for reading, and for your nice comment!

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  2. Stunning photos! Long may we continue to preserve these beautiful ancient forests. And I’ve just learned the difference between temperate and tropical. Our Australian Daintree rainforest in Queensland—over 1 million hectares—is tropical.

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    1. My grandfather has told me about the Daintree forest. (He lived in Aus) According to him it’s a magic place, like something out of a movie but better than any movie!

      And yes, there is a definite difference. I reckon when most people think rainforest they think tropical, which is because there’s so much more tropical rainforest than temperate. But they’re very different. Both beautiful, each for their own reasons,

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