Rig: 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD off road
Trail Distance (round trip from Red Deer, Alberta): 2855 km
Trail date: July 24 – 29, 2017
The Rainforest Trail
Pacific Rim National Reserve, Vancouver Island, BC
The Rainforest on the Ucluelet peninsula, is populated with Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and ancient red cedars . Some of these giant cedars measure 12 metres around its base and could be in the region of over 800 years.
The local Yuutu?it?ath First Nation (website) used the Cedars as a resource to craft seafaring canoes for fishing and whale hunting. The timber was chosen from those trees that would have the strength to take on the Pacific Ocean and the Nation would celebrate the “gift” of the tree before taking it. They also used the cedar wood for building materials, medicines, clothing, hats, and watertight baskets.
Location: 49° 2’30.79″N, 125°40’52.38″W
Images from the trail. The walkways provide a sense of scale for enormity of the ancient cedars!