The Big Tree (Cathedral Grove)
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Panoramic photo by Fuad Khan EXPERT Taken 22:58, 17/09/2009 - Views loading...

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The Big Tree (Cathedral Grove)

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This 800 year-old Douglas Fir towers 76m over the other giants in this forest on Vancouver Island.  To put this in perspective, the plaque to the North shows the tree dwarfing the 56m tall Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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A: The Big Tree - Cathedral Grove - Vancouver Island

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B: Footbridge

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The view from the footbridge, Cathedral Grove

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C: Lookout

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Old growth rainforest, from the lookout in Cathedral Grove

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D: Old Growth/New Growth

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A future giant grows out of a nurse stump in Cathedral Grove 

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E: Among Giants

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G: French Creek Harbour

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H: Ammonite Falls

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I: Ammonite Falls

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This panorama was taken in Canada

This is an overview of Canada

The capital of Canada is Ottawa, in the province of Ontario. There are offically ten provinces and three territories in Canada, which is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area.

While politically and legally an independant nation, the titular head of state for Canada is still Queen Elizabeth.

On the east end of Canada, you have Montreal as the bastion of activity. Montreal is famous for two things, VICE magazine and the Montreal Jazz Festival. One is the bible of hipster life (disposable, of course) and the other is a world-famous event that draws more than two million people every summer. Quebec is a French speaking province that has almost seceded from Canada on several occasions, by the way..

When you think of Canada, you think of . . . snow, right?

But not on the West Coast. In Vancouver, it rains. And you'll find more of the population speaking Mandarin than French (but also Punjabi, Tagalog, Korean, Farsi, German, and much more).

Like the other big cities in Canada, Vancouver is vividly multicultural and Vancouverites are very, very serious about their coffee.

Your standard Vancouverite can be found attired head-to-toe in Lululemon gear, mainlining Cafe Artigiano Americanos (spot the irony for ten points).

But here's a Vancouver secret only the coolest kids know: the best sandwiches in the city aren't found downtown. Actually, they're hidden in Edgemont Village at the foot of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore.

"It's actually worth coming to Canada for these sandwiches alone." -- Michelle Superle, Vancouver

Text by Steve Smith.

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