For those up for a wilderness adventure, there’s nothing better than a traverse through some of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forest. And Carmanah Walbran Park happens to be one of the most remarkable ‘wild places’ on the Island that’s accessible to the public.

Home to some of the largest spruce trees in the world, Carmanah Walbran Park is a tree lovers’ dream. Ancient Sitka spruces tower over visitors at 95 metres (nearly 312 feet) tall and above, living for over 800 years. Nestled beneath these incredible giants are a variety of flora and fauna only possible in an ecosystem that has remain undisturbed for hundreds of years, according to BC parks.

Situated 20 km northwest of Port Renfrew on the southwestern coast of the Island, the Carmanah Valley has several hiking trails providing access to some of the park’s most notable features, including the area’s largest trees.

Note that many sections of the trail are extremely muddy, so be sure to bring your layers, boots, and rain gear for this adventure!

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Photo via Destination BC / BC Parks

There are three different routes leading to Caycuse River Bridge, which is the only way to access the park.

Note that there is active logging in the area, so visitors are encouraged to carry a full-sized spare tire should they need to drive through a logging site.

So there you have it, Vancouver. Happy adventuring!

Carmanah Walbran Park

Where: 20 km northwest of Port Renfrew