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Gratitude for Gnarly

Didn't know a whole lot about gnarly trees but are now informed and impressed with what the Ancient... read more

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Some of the most attractive PNW trees

This park gathers a few of the the funkiest big cedars of the west coast rain forest. Both sides... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seb L
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“huge trees”(8 reviews)
“upper trail”(7 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Didn't know a whole lot about gnarly trees but are now informed and impressed with what the Ancient forest Alliance (TJ of Big Tree Tours) have built to open up the forest for others to enjoy and to marvel at these beautiful gnarly giants. This...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This park gathers a few of the the funkiest big cedars of the west coast rain forest. Both sides are interesting... Although the upper one mostly for the gnarliest tree :)

Thank Seb L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing trees. The 20-minute drive along a very bumpy track from Port Renfrew is well worth it. In the lower grove there's a particularly amazing tree - go left once you're on the foot path.

Thank mawse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This give is way cool and it's a must see. The road is rough, so take it slow and enjoy the views. We liked the upper home best.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road is very rough to get to this spot. A car can do it, but if you get motion sickness, don't go. We had a sedan and it was very bumpy - big rocks. The parking lot is small. You then can hike up...More

Thank jilc2012
Reviewed 4 September 2018

this is a must visit if you are in the area. The setting of avatar grove exceed anything we expected. We consider this the most stunning hike and this is after we just completed hikes at Cathedral Grove and the rain forest trail at pacific...More

2  Thank herbulous
Reviewed 30 August 2018

This took our breath away! Go early or just before dark, so you can enjoy the grove without hordes of people jibberjabbering. Humans! Not an easy climb if you are frail with poor balance. Some of the steps don't have handrails or steel mesh on...More

1  Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The path up at Avatar Grove up to the gnarliest tree in Canada is strenuous but worthwhile. For most of the route, there is a boardwalk with wooden steps but there are parts where one has to climb over tree roots, rocks, etc. It'snot easy...More

2  Thank colleen p
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

This grove of gnarly trees are beyond the imagination. The size is enormous and have to have a comparison to fathom. Path is challenging and I would suggest a cane and company. My husband and I were lucky to have kind family members to help...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I'm from Vancouver, so big trees are expected, but this grove is amazing. And it feels especially amazing because while you're a tourist in Port Renfrew, you see the clear-cutting in just about every direction! So the fact that you're walking around in this ancient...More

1  Thank bobnones2016
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23 September 2017|
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Response from calgarian48 |
The hike is 20 mins and it is beautiful but be prepared for the drive over rough unpaved roads . The First Nation community should improve the directional signage . Plan to explore other other areas in Port Renfrew because... More
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6 September 2017|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
Nope. :-) It's all gravel, but truly worth the trip ... although wouldn't recommend it in winter!
8 July 2016|
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Response from Mariana D | Reviewed this property |
port renfrew is great