among a grove of other huge old trees. We have mounted a campaign to
saved them from logging. They are on private land owned by Island
Timberlands. And the company plans to cut them within 5 years.
The route in is a crude crude path with a portion of it along a gravel road.
It's easy to follow if you are paying attention. After the 3Sisters way point
the trail leads either down to the railway tracks and back to the road, or up
to a mossy bluff with old growth trees. They are old, but not as big as the
Sisters as they are growing on very shallow soil over bedrock. Finally the
last part of this route is bush-wacking. We left the trail which actually does
lead back to the road.
There are very, very few groves of large Douglas Fir left in accessible parts
of eastern Vancouver Island. Each one is precious. Call the company or send
them an email. Tell them how you feel!
From Parksville: Take Highway 4 toward Tofino. Drive past Cathedral Grove
and up over a big hill. near the bottom of the other side you will see a
business there called Coombs Country Candy on the right. Turn off there
and park. This is the trail head.
From Port Alberni: Drive eastward up Johnston Road past WalMart toward
Parksville. Start heading out of town. After a row of billboards on your left,
you will see Coomba Country Candy. Tat is your Trail head