BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Carmanah Walbran Park
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Feature Types.
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Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: SW side Vancouver Island, SE of Nitinat Lake, Renfrew Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 48°39'00''N, 124°39'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92C/10
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 92C/10
92C/15
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Origin Notes and History:

Carmanah Pacific Park was established 13 March 1991 by Bill 28: The Carmanah Pacific Park Act, 24 July 1990, enacted by Order in Council 317, 13 March 1991. Name changed to Carmanah Walbran Park and boundaries expanded per Bill 53: Park Amendment Act 1995, 13 July 1995, the whole containing 16,450 ha.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
An ancient old-growth rainforest, the Carmanah valley is home to some of the largest known trees in Canada: giant Sitka spruce reach heights of over 90m (300 ft), and can be 9.4m (31 ft) in circumference; Western red cedars here are estimated at 1,000 years old; this temperate rainforest contains nearly 2 times the biomass of a tropical rainforest.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
The Carmanah Giant, a 400-year old Sitka spruce, is 9.4m around and 95m tall - the tallest tree in Canada and thought to be the tallest Sitka spruce in the world. Further description and explanation of old growth rainforest ecosystems in park pamphlet.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office