Ski Northern BC this Winter
For a dusting of powder and charm.
Everything in the rainforest is connected, a cycle of life in perfect balance. From the lush green that carpets the base of towering, centuries-old trees, to the salmon that attract grizzlies, black bear, and birds to feed, it’s an environment that nourishes everything in it. No wonder so many people—lives entrenched in technology, disconnected from nature, and sometimes each other—are drawn to the tranquility of the rainforest.
Tune in with these rainforest facts:
Less than 10% of the world’s land surface is rainforest, yet rainforests are responsible for nearly one-third of the world’s oxygen production. You know you’re breathing fresh rainforest air when you see lichen hanging from trees. Some lichens have survived for thousands of years and are extremely susceptible to pollution.
Close to 25% of the world’s temperate rainforest is in BC. Most of it is coastal (where you’ll find the protected Great Bear Rainforest), but BC is also home to the Ancient Forest, a rare inland rainforest near Prince George.
What’s the difference between BC’s temperate rainforest and a tropical rainforest? Tropical rainforests are warmer and close to the equator. Temperate rainforests are at latitudes between the two Tropics and Polar Circles. What they have in common is a lot of rain, which causes the lush rainforest canopies to flourish.
Compared to tropical rainforests, temperate rainforests decompose slowly, resulting in a rich vegetation base (including a variety of mushrooms) but few tree varieties (mostly coniferous), due to the climate and low light levels.
A diverse collection of wildlife call BC’s rainforest home, including five species of salmon, multiple bird varieties (including the bald eagle), black-tailed deer, grey wolf, grizzly bear, and black bear.
Check out 5 Places to Experience the Rainforest in BC.
Featured Image: Breathing forest by @konstalinkola via Instagram.
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