Hanna Bolton stands in front of Canada’s third tallest Sitka Spruce tree near Little Qualicum River. On Saturday, April 20 an Earth Day tour will bring attendees to this tree. - Submitted photo

Visit large tree in Qualicum Beach on Earth Day tour

Participants can hike to Canada’s third tallest Sitka Spruce near Little Qualicum river on April 20

The Wilderness Committee Mid Island is inviting the public to their 20th annual Qualicum Beach Earth Day tour to Canada’s third tallest Sitka Spruce tree along the banks of the Little Qualicum River.

The tour takes place on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.

“Over the years, this grand 60-hectare Coastal Douglas-fir forest has been referred to as the Qualicum Beach Salmon Forest, as the forest protects the water in the river for the annual migration of all seven species of salmon as well as the important role of providing the drinking water for the Town of Qualicum Beach and the community of Dashwood,” explains Annette Tanner, tour organizer. “We are especially happy this year to have invited documentary film maker, Richard Boyce as our guest Earth Day tour guide.”

The approximate two-hour tour will meet at the Faye Smith Memorial View Point beside the beach at the foot of Crescent Rd. West and the Old Island Highway in Qualicum Beach at 1 p.m. The event is by donation and attendees are encouraged to wear good foot gear.

For more information call 250-752-6585.

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