Big Trees: The San Juan Spruce - Largest Sitka Spruce Tree in Canada

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Big Trees: The San Juan Spruce, Vancouver Island

The enormous San Juan Spruce tree is the largest Sitka Spruce tree in Canada and the second largest in the world. You can find it at the San Juan River Recreation Site near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

At the time the sign was erected, this amazing old-growth tree had a diameter of 3.7 m and a height of 62.5 m. These measurements have since been surpassed. This ancient tree is located about 20 minutes south of Port Renfrew, BC (3 hours travel time from Victoria, BC), along the logging roads of Vancouver Island.

 

The Sitka Spruce is the largest of the spruce family and can grow up to 70 meters. They grow in a narrow range along the west coast of British Columbia. While thick grooves can be found in the Haida Gwaii archipelago, single Sitka trees like this one can be found mixed with Douglas Fir, western red cedar and red alder.

 

The San Juan Spruce can be found near the main logging road, just past the bridge. The logging roads can be in rough shape with potholes and washboard bumps but taken at a low speed, any two-wheel drive car can make the trip. Once there, it's a very short walk to view the tree.


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Be sure to also stop at the Harris Creek Sitka Spruce tree along the Pacific Marine Circle Route.

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