Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove is aptly named, for a walk through this old-growth, temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island is bound to stir the soul. The forest is composed mostly of mature Douglas fir trees mixed with ancient western red cedar, western hemlock, and balsam fir. The trees are 300 to 400 years old, but some go back as far as 800 years. These older trees stand like giant sentinels in the forest, reaching 250 feet (76 meters) high and with trunks measuring over 30 feet (9 meters) in circumference. The rainforest contains trees of various sizes, species, and ages, with a large number of dead standing and fallen trees. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the place—the tops of the trees form a cathedral-like ceiling high above the ground and beams of sunlight break through the thick canopy, lighting up the mists that swirl above the soft green ferns that cover the forest floor. Cathedral Grove is easily accessible by road and a popular destination for those wanting to experience the grandeur of an old-growth forest. You can also enjoy a swim in the fresh waters of Cameron Lake, or picnic along its shores. The lake also has an abundance of fish for those keen on fishing.