“Located in the
and open year-round, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is a 308-metre (1010 feet) aerial trail system that offers a rare perspective of the natural beauty of the west coast forest canopy ecosystem. It is the only one of its kind in David C. Lam Asian Garden .” Canada
"Guests traverse bridges suspended around 50 feet in trees that are over a century old. This experience is an exciting and adventurous way to interact with nature and the forest.
Greenheart's approach is to provide access to the canopy with minimal impact on the trees or habitat. On the walkway, trees are used to support suspension bridges using patent pending ‘tree hugger’ technology. The prefabricated walkways are designed to allow individuals to transport the pieces into remote sites, so that no roads need to be built, nor helicopters required.
The Greenheart Canopy Walkway has eight tree platforms more than 15 metres above the ground with a ninth, a two-storey platform, on a free-standing tower reaching more than 22 metres in the air. The longest bridge is 50 metres long. The total length of the walkway is 308 meters. Construction is as non-invasive as possible using the patent pending ‘tree hugger’ suspension system. The tree hugger uses no nails or bolts or intrusive fasteners of any kind, using instead, a variable tension system to provide the least amount of infringement or impact on the trees.”
|The walkway up to the first platform|
|Looking back from first platform|
|Taiwanese Coffin Trees|
Branch of Twainese Coffin Tree
|Platform surrounding fir tree|
|Detail of platform|
Pictures of the cabling network around the trees that provide support for the platforms:
|Grand Fir Tree|
|Douglas-fir with cable network supporting platform|
|Bark is thick with deep furrows|
Cones showing the bracts between the scales
|Needles completely surround the branches|
|This is the tree soaring above the burn damaged base|
First Nations people used Douglas-fir wood and boughs as fuel for pit cooking, and the boughs for covering the floors of sweat lodges.
|Old stump showing springboard scars and looking rather like a face|
|A small Hemlock tree growing in a burned out stump|
|Looking out from under a vine covered tree|
I also saw some very unique and interesting trees, stumps and burls. I have long been interested in these "character" trees and some of these inspired me to start a series of paintings that I call "Natures Gargoyles".
|A gnarled tree nearby|
|A very interesting Redcedar tree trunk|
|Same tree, different angle, it looks a little like a rhinoceros to me|
The first "Old Stogie" reminded me of an old fellow with a cigar at the corner of its' mouth.