The Koksilah Ancient Forest Reserve is an absolutely incredible stand of old-growth Douglas-fir that rivals Cathedral Grove with its beauty and scale. Old-growth Douglas-firs have been reduced to 1% of their original numbers on Vancouver Island so getting a chance to hike through a forest so full of them is an incredible experience. Most of the grove’s big trees range from four to six feet in diameter with the largest ones reaching over eight feet across at the base.
The forest is located alongside the winding Koksilah River which has excellent swimming areas and a Provincial Campground nearby.
Another site worth visiting in the area is the Kinsol Trestle, one of the world’s largest wooden train trestles.