Arbor Day April 28, 2017

Cathedral Grove


In a Line from the Lorax: “Trees make Fresh Air “FOR FREE” It’s Called Photosynthesis” We Speak for the Trees because the trees have no voice!

Visit the 800 Year old Tree at Cathedral Grove.  Located only a short 20 Minute Drive from Qualicum Beach BC ~ Breath some of the Cleanest Fresh Air on the Planet ~ A Fresh  Perspective of Natural History.

Plant a Tree For Mom by May 14th, 2017 ~ Take a photo or Video and send it to us by May 14th and you receive $25.00 Gift Certificate to any of our Exclusive Homes!

For Every Reservation booked on May 14th before 8:30PM a $5.00 Donation will be given to The Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Native Plant Garden in Victoria BC  ~ Receive 20% off your reservation when using ARBOR as the offer code for Stays April 27 – June 30th, 2017 There is more room for fun, when you get to save! Please enter the code “ARBOR” when booking online Offer valid on stays until June 30th, 2017. New reservations only! Rates are subject to change without notice and exclude, taxes, damage deposit waiver and departure cleaning.

Click on this video of Planting a Tree:

When we celebrate typically is listed below.


In Canada, Maple Leaf Day falls on the last Wednesday in September during National Forest Week. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May. And Nova Scotia celebrates Arbor Day on the Thursday of National Forest Week.

Nature and Culture

  • History: The name “Cathedral Grove” appeared in correspondence to the provincial government in the 1920s. This colourful description of the stately trees is reputed to have originated from the Governor General Viscount Willingdon in April 1928. Cathedral Grove was a well-known tourist stop on the Alberni Road in the 1920s and 1930s when the timber was owned by the Victoria Lumbering and Manufacturing Company. For 15 years the public encouraged the provincial government to acquire the lands within Block 35, Cameron Lake area. The citizens’ organizations, The Associated Boards of Trade of Vancouver Island, petitioned the government in 1929 to preserve forever, for the public benefit, the well-known stand of timber at Cameron Lake, known as Cathedral Grove. In 1944 H.R. MacMillan, a well-known forester donated the 136 hectares of land for the perpetual enjoyment of the public in recognition of the unique stand of trees. Three years later, the area was established as a Class A provincial park.
  • Conservation: The park protects and preserves an internationally significant representative example of Douglas fir old-growth forest within the East Vancouver Island and the Coastal Douglas fir Biogeoclimatic Zone.
  • Wildlife: Many species of wildlife use the old-growth forest as their home including several types of woodpeckers, owls, insects, reptiles, amphibians, deer, elk, black bear and cougar. The Cameron River, which flows through the park, contains rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

Below is sourced from

Cathedral Grove – MacMillan Provincial Park is located at the top end of Cameron Lake, only minutes from Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Highway 4 just beyond Coombs. Cathedral Grove is a BC Provincial Park preserving a section of lush old-growth forest that is unique to Vancouver Island.

Plan to spend a few hours wandering Cathedral Grove’s trail system and gazing up at 800 year-old giant Douglas Fir trees. Cathedral Grove gives the visitor a sense of what Vancouver Island and the west coast looked like before the arrival of European settlers.

News paper Article


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