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The Ancient Harris Creek Sitka Spruce tree found just off the road between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan

Harris Creek Spruce Tree

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Harris Creek Spruce Tree | No Hiking, just a great quick stop during your road trip

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Where to this weekend, Vancouver Island: Harris Creek Sitka Spruce Tree

The Harris Creek Sitka Spruce is an easy visit, being just off of a paved road. Perfect for those with limited mobility that would like to enjoy an incredible specimen of nature. This big spruce gets a lot of attention, so its caregivers have built a protective fence around the base of the tree to protect its root system. 

Harris Creek Sitka Spruce MapHalfway between Cowichan Lake and Port Renfrew, it makes for the perfect 10-minute stop to stretch your legs and breathe fresh air. A short walk from the parking lot it won’t be hard to spot this ancient spruce tree. It’s so large it’s hard to capture the sheer size of the tree on camera.

A well worn fence with moss on it that surrounds tree and the bottom trunk of Harris Creek Sitka Spruce a huge tree found on South Vancouver island just north of Port Renfrew along the pacific coast LoopThe Harris Creek Spruce Tree was spared in 1893 during the first round of forestation in the area. The forest surrounding the Harris Creek Sitka is a second-growth forest, and no one knows exactly why this individual tree was spared. Surely this tree has many more years to come, as this portion of the forest was permanently restricted from logging in 2012.

Part of the over 250 km Pacific Marine Circle Route, this beauty is just one of the countless stops along the way on your travels around Vancouver Island. It is always a treat to stand alongside a tree of this size and stature.



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  • The path to the Harris Creek Sitka is short and easy
  • There are no amenities at this location
  • There is no signs warning before the parking lot so it’s easy to miss
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Modified: September 12, 2023
Last Visit: September 9, 2023
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