Celebration day to be held for Ancient Forest

The beauty and diversity of B.C.'s newest park will be showcased when a celebration day is held at the Ancient Forest on Sat., Sept. 1.

Hosted in part by B.C. Parks, it will be a day of music, arts and crafts, guided walks, story telling and a taco lunch.

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Also known as Chun T'oh Whujudut, (pronounced Chun Toe Wood-yu-jud), it's located 115 kilometres east of the city. It covers 11,190-hectares and is home to an inland temperate rainforest made up of hemlock and western red cedar trees as old as 1,000 years and with trunks up to 16 metres around.

A centrepiece is a 500-metre wheelchair-friendly wooden boardwalk plus a further 2 1/2 kilometres of wood-planked walking trails built by volunteers.

In March 2016, then-Premier Christy Clark declared the Ancient Forest will be made a Class A provincial park and the legislation making it so was passed that same month.

Event co-hosts include Lheidli T'enneh, University of Northern British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George Regional District, City of Prince George, Village of McBride, Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council and the Caledonia Ramblers hiking club.

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