Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

Looking up into a stand of huge trees on Vancouver's North Shore.

Huge trees on Vancouver’s North Shore. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver is a pretty green city, both environmentally and literally. We have a LOT of trees. Our mild and wet climate means that Vancouver sits in the middle of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, a zone that stretches from Alaska to Northern California. Logging has removed most of Vancouver’s ancient old growth trees, but there are still lots of towering giants to be found in the area. Here are eight places to see big trees in Vancouver.

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Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, while travelling on the Canada Line Sky Train from Bridgeport to Waterfront station, I found myself sitting beside a tourist from Germany. To my great delight, there were no cell phones in sight, and we were both present and engaged. Despite my lack of German and her limited English we managed to strike up a lively conversation.With unbridled enthusiasm, she eloquently described her love for Canada and specifically Vancouver. Fascinated, I probed to gain a better understanding of her interest in our fair city.

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Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

First Impressions, Part 2: Vancouver’s Trees

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the first installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: Stanley Park, a thriving nightlife, the Pacific Ocean, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them. Continue reading:
First Impressions, Part 2: Vancouver’s Trees