Ancient Forest Trail is one of the best kept secrets in Canadian Rockies. Well known for its giant tall cedar trees that are only typical on BC’s west coast, this ancient rainforest was discovered inland in central interior BC by a student from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The forest is undisturbed for thousands of years and many large cedars are over 1000 years old. Besides cedars, there are numerous wild berries and intricate flowers along the way. The Ancient Forest Interpretive Trail was developed and officially opened on June 4, 2006 in this 20 hectare forest. See map below for driving direction.
Review: Ancient Forest Hiking Trail
The hike is pretty easy and short. A round loop takes about 90min or less and let you see big cedars, radies trees, tree beard, and a waterfalls! There aren’t that many mosquitoes on Canada Day long weekend; that was kinda surprise to me. However, please do use mosquito repellent and wear long pants if you’re attracted to mosquitoes or vice versa. :D The Ancient Forest Trail is continuous southeast to Driscoll Ridge Trail. See hiking trail map below.
Ancient Forest Hiking Trail Map
Map and Driving Direction
Ancient Forest is located midway between Prince George and McBride on Yellowhead Hwy 16. Exact location of the Ancient Forest Trailhead (parking lot) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).