Hanna Bolton stands in front of Canada’s third-tallest Sitka Spruce tree near Little Qualicum River. - Submitted photo

Rivers Day tour (Sept. 22) leads to third-tallest Sitka spruce tree

It’s the 20th year the by-donation event is taking place

Sunday (Sept. 22) is Rivers Day, and the Wilderness Committee is hosting their annual tour to the third-tallest Sitka Spruce tree in Canada to celebrate.

The nearly 300-year-old tree doesn’t have a marked trail leading to it. Annette Tanner, mid-Island chairperson for the committee, explains it is still under threat from logging.

“We haven’t been able to save the forest or purchase it from Island Timberlands,” she said.

READ MORE:Scientists uncover new DNA details about ancient trees on Vancouver Island

Starting at 1 p.m., the two-hour outing will go along the Little Qualicum River. Participants will meet for the by-donation tour at the Faye Smith Viewpoint on Old Island Highway below West Crescent Road.

For more information, call 250-751-6585.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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