If you’ve never felt a compulsion to hug a tree, Cathedral Grove will inspire you to do so. This ancient forest is a mix of huge Douglas Fir and Red Cedar Trees along Highway 4 in MacMillan Provincial Park, about two hours north of Victoria.
As you pull up, there is parking and pathways on both sides of the highway. It’s a busy place so be careful of pedestrians and as you cross to explore. The brief tour in the forest winds through beautiful giants, the largest being a Douglas Fir that’s 800 years old and 75m (250 ft) tall by 9m (29 ft) wide. Truly an awe-inspiring sight! Seriously, it will blow your damn mind.
A fire blazed through the area approximately 350 years ago leaving only a portion of the oldest trees. Europeans also colonized the island from 1849, using a lot of the large trees on the island for lumber. So, this area is extremely precious and should be protected. Its a great trip for all ages and fitness levels so bring the family to enjoy this gem.