Ancient Cottonwoods Trail | Fernie, British Columbia

Veloured in dense green moss, 400-year-old cottonwood trees congregate on the side of the Elk River at Morrissey Bridge. A nature walk steers you around wet spots and avoids sensitive cottonwood roots.

This forest is managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The trail, less than a kilometre in length, was developed with interpretive signs in collaboration with Tembec, Wildsight, College of the Rockies, and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.


Latitude: 49.392708 Longitude: -115.016556 Elevation: 3136 ft
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Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

The park protects some of the biggest, oldest black cottonwoods in the world, interspersed in an old-growth western red cedar forest. Close to town, see 400-year-old cottonwood trees along a short walking trail.

Trail Distance

2 km (1.2 miles)

Type of Trail Experience


Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

This spectacular old-growth forest is located 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Fernie, British Columbia on Highway # 3. Cross the Elk River on the the Morrissey Bridge, and you will find the trail immediately on your left.

The Ancient Cottonwood Trail is located 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Fernie on Highway # 3. 

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