Old Forests Around Whistler

Explore the forests surrounding Whistler from the comfort of your home with our online story map (below). Go on a virtual tour as you click map layers on and off, or zoom in to the locations you are interested in and find out where some of the oldest trees remain.

Use the map to learn about local forests, tree ages, the unique values that old and ancient forests provide, shared forest history and the protection mechanisms that help (or do not help) preserve old forests. While the map below can be viewed on mobile, for maximum functionality we recommend viewing on your desktop.

Interested in a physical map that you can take with you around Whistler? Check out our Old and Ancient Tree Map Project and purchase yours at Armchair Books today!

How Do We Know How Old Trees Are… Without Cutting Them Down

Coring trees around Whistler has shown that our surrounding forests are home to trees that are 600, 800 and in some areas over 1000 years old. Whistler’s oldest documented living tree was found as part of the 2014 phase of tree coring projects, a 1200+ year old yellow cedar found in the Callaghan Valley. Watch the video below to learn more about tree coring and ages around Whistler.



Key Resources On This Topic:

  • A New Future for Old Forests – In 2019 the Province of British Columbia commissioned an independent Old Growth Strategic Review panel, comprised of professional foresters Garry Merkel and Al Gorely. AWARE was one of the 800 groups that presented to the panel and this resulting report contains 14 recommendations on how BC can better manage its endangered old-growth forests.
  • BC’s Old Growth Forest: A Last Stand For Biodiversity – Authored in 2020 Price, Holt, and Daust conducted analyses to investigate the province’s claims about the state of old growth with alarming results.
  • Cheakamus Community Forest Website – For information shared relating to logging around Whistler.



How You Can Speak Up To Protect Old Forests

  • Write to BC Premier John Horgan, the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Katrine Conroy, MLA Cullen and MLA Russell to to honour commitment to the full recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel.
  • Watch out for and sign petitions in support of Old Growth protections
  • For the Whistler area – attend Open Houses hosted by the Cheakamus Community Forest

How You Can Act To Protect Old Forest Environments

  • At home and at work, ask for and use climate friendly forest products such as lumber and paper from certified sustainable sources, and re-use and recycle as much as you can;
  • Observe wildlife at a distance especially species that can only survive in old forests and may already be stressed;
  • To prevent transport of invasive seeds and species into the rainforest, clean soil and debris from shoes, pant cuffs and vehicles before entering the ecosystem; and
  • When visiting the rainforest leave no trace! Walk on designated paths, leave no litter, and take only photographs and memories home with you!