At The Green Channel, we love trees all over the world. But some of our favourites are right here in the Lower Mainland.
Every year, on March 21, the world celebrates International Day of Forests, a moment to honour hard-working trees everywhere. In 2018, we’re remembering the vital role that trees play in making the world’s growing cities greener, healthier, happier places to live.
Six billion people live in cities. Urban trees can make their lives better in all sorts of ways.
Trees filter pollution from the air. They reduce noise pollution. They provide fruits, nuts, and leaves that can be used as food or medicine. They improve local climates, reducing the costs of heating and cooling homes. They provide safe spaces for animals and plants to thrive.
The Green Channel is lucky to call Vancouver home. The lush temperate rainforests of B.C. shelter trees over 1300 years old and up to 86 meters tall. Today, in celebration of International Day of Forests, we’re listing our three favourite spots in the Lower Mainland to spend some quality time with trees, big and small.
- Stanley Park
This one’s a given. A green oasis at the tip of the city, Stanley Park is a lowland rainforest made up primarily of Douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock with a few Sitka spruce trees. Lace up your shoes and check out this gnarly-barked 600-year old Douglas fir, or the famous Hollow Tree.
- Queen Elizabeth Park
No matter how many times we see it, there’s still a thrill to spotting a burst of pink cherry blossoms against a bright blue sky. With almost 3,000 cherry trees dotting Vancouver, there are tons of great options for a cherry blossom picnic. The ones at the West Entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park are our favourite for lazing on a sunny Saturday.
- Buntzen Lake
Buntzen Lake, north of Coquitlam, is a nature lover’s paradise on the outskirts of the city. Wandering the trails around the lake will bring you close to all sorts of interesting trees. Our favourites are the new trees growing out of the massive stumps of first-growth trees logged in the 1900s. Life always finds a way.
Want to check out some forests further from home? Watch The Battle for the Amazon, which explores stories from the last significant rainforest on earth, or Mile … Mile and a Half to join a group of artists as they hike the historic John Muir Trail through the Sierra National Forest in the USA.
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