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A walk in the woods
by Jerry W. Bird

Stanley Park RainforestYear round for most of a lifetime, when I need a lift, my best tonic is a stroll in the forests of Vancouver's Stanley Park. There's some special magic about these primeval woods; the aroma, the lush ferns, the giant, towering. To me it seems even more refreshing and stimulating during or after a light rain. British Columbians are fortunate in this respect; many have a favourite retreat, not too far from home, where they can commune with nature in a forested area.

Visitors to Vancouver Island or locals seeking a different outdoor experience, can consider the following sites: Clayoquot Sound, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Goldstream Provincial Park, Cape Scott Provincial Park and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, MacMillan Provincial Park (Cathedral Grove), Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. On the mainland you can enjoy the Stein Valley, Kitlope, Khutzeymateen, Tatshenshini-Alsek and Ts'yl-os Provincial Parks.

There's no shortage of places to visit, since almost half the province is forest land, mostly publicly owned. If you are interested in the forest industry's various facets, many logging firms, pulp and paper plants and sawmills offer free public or pre arranged group tours. One visit I thoroughly enjoyed was at the Crofton mill, near Duncan on Vancouver Island.

Growing up in the Yukon and British Columbia, camping and fishing trips, river travel and cross country journeys on horseback were part of my routine. That's why it's nice to know that there will always be another place to discover (more than 1,300 camp sites and 5,000 km of hiking trails are available in BC alone).

For trails, check the following Lower Mainland links from our original web site:
Hemlock Valley near Harrison
Manning Park near Hope

Forestry Tours: Complimentary forestry and mill tours are available in Port Alberni. Contact the Alberni Forest Information Centre at (250) 724-7890.

(List of forest industry web sites to come. )