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Nile Creek Giant Fir

Nile Creek Giant Fir

POINT OF INTEREST

Many thanks to Ken Traynor for all the fact finding and counting rings on this valley giant. The 53 meter( 175ft) tree came down after several days of heavy rain and wind Dec 2014. It missed the hatchery by approximately 22 meters (75ft).

Tree
Age

Date Events

1

1546

 Seedling sprouts among giants in the creek valley

33

1579

Francis Drake reportedly explores BC Coast on round the world expedition

154

1700

Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami off Vancouver Island

194

1740

Russian trading begins for otter furs on west coast

228

1774

Juan Perez of Spain first puts BC Coast on a European map, pre-contact population estimates 300,000 to 400,000

229

1775

Juan Francisco de Bodega y Quadra begins his explorations of BC Coasts

230

1776

First smallpox epidemic hammers the Island’s first nations

232

1778

Captain Cook explores Nootka Sound

247

1793

Alexander MacKenzie reaches the Pacific over land

246

1792

Vancouver & Bodega y Quadra chart the Georgia Strait

274

1820

Sea Otters virtually extirpated in Vancouver Island waters

281

1827

Fort Langley established on The Fraser River

290

1836

Island First Nations show coal deposits to James Douglas

296

1842

Fort Victoria established

303

1849

Royal Charter Grants Vancouver Island to HBC directing James Douglas to negotiate with VI tribes

310

1856

Adam Horne treks to Alberni via Big Q trail and Horne Lake

325

1871

First cannery established on Fraser River and Indian people banned from fishing commercially

326

1872

Right to vote withdrawn from BC Indians

327

1873

Agent General for BC Gilbert Sproat publishes handbook with map in London titled BC Information for emigrants

330

1876

Qualicum Band Reserve established on Big Qualicum

337

1883

E&N Land grant

350

1896

Road completed Nanaimo to Big Qualicum

368

1914

E&N RR Parksville to Courtney section completed

374

1920

Thompson&Clark logging begins Horne Lake to Deep Bay

380

1926

Bowser School by Nile Creek starts operation

394

1940

Plummer & Sutton sawmill operates on Cochrane Road

400

1946

7.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Oceanside

415

1961

Big Q hatchery construction starts

450

1996

Inland Highway opens

456

2002

Nile Creek Hatchery built

468

2014

Storm winds bring down a valley giant

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