Preservation and Education at UBC

Treasured Trees, at the west edge of UBC, is a stand of one of the two remaining old-growth forests immediately adjacent to Vancouver. It includes a 400-year-old Douglas-fir and champion grand fir. At 46 metres tall, it is nicknamed the “CBC fork tree”, due to its multi-stem top.

The champion grand fir is 64.5 metres in height and is the third tallest grand fir recorded in BC. The scraggly leaders on the “Totem Giant” are due to an attack of balsam woolly adelgid, small wingless insects that infest and kill firs. Both treasured trees can be found on the unmaintained and rough trail along Wreck Beach. More information about the trees here can be found at

Photo of the “CBC fork tree”