Did you know . . . ?
Did you know there are GIGANTIC cedar trees growing in a British Columbia rainforest more than 600 kilometres inland from the West Coast? B.C. is the only place in the world where inland temperate rainforest occurs in abundance. The zone is concentrated in the wettest valleys along the windward slopes of the Rockies and Columbia Mountains (including the Monashees, Selkirks, and Purcells).
Here are a few other surprising facts and figures from our Summer 2008 feature article on “The enchanted Incomappleux forest.”
Age, in years, of some of the oldest western redcedar trees growing in the Incomappleux River valley, in the Selkirk Mountains southwest of Glacier National Park.
Girth, in metres, of some of the largest Incomappleux redcedars—that’s more than three metres in diameter.
Total area, in square kilometres, of rare inland temperate rainforest in B.C., including the wet and very wet subzones.
Approximate distance, in kilometres, from the town of Revelstoke, along highways and logging back roads, to the quaint Mountain Hostel in the Incomappleux Valley.