March 17, 2011 | Tips from Us >
Sooke, Sightseeing Tours
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While driving between Duncan and Port Renfrew along, we stopped to stretch our legs at the Harris Creek Sitka Spruce.
This old tree is massive! Take a close look at the photo – that’s me in the bottom right corner to give a sense of scale.
The trunk and branches were coated in mosses of all textures and colours: soft, stringy, bright green and pale green.
The Harris Creek Spruce is located near Port Renfrew and was easy to find, as there were “point of interest” signs indicating where to pull over. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re on this route. From the road, we couldn’t even tell the tree was there, but less than a minute walk from the car and we were staring at it’s enormous trunk.
A couple of tips if travelling the road between Duncan and Port Renfrew:
- Gas up in Duncan or Lake Cowichan. There are no gas stations in Port Renfrew.
- The entire route between Duncan and Lake Cowichan is now paved (a large section used to be gravel), but keep in mind this is still an active logging area. Take it slow and watch for logging trucks. We were travelling mid-week and saw at least a half dozen fully loaded logging trucks along the route.