Great Canadian Parks / British Columbia

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The Parks / British Columbia / Mount Revelstoke National Park



 


 

Highly productive and diverse coniferous old growth forests, developing as the result of plentiful snowmelt and high annual rainfall, characterize the world’s only temperate inland rainforest. The old growth forests of the Columbia Mountains supports more than 50 species of cavity nesting birds and denning small animals. On the valley bottoms are the interior wetbelt forests of the 1000-year-old western red cedar, hemlock, white pine and alpine larch. On the low slopes, Engelmann spruce, and sub-alpine and lodgepole pine dominate the forest regions up to the alpine tundra of heather, sedge and lichens above the treeline. The upper sub-alpine meadows are carpeted with Indian paintbrush, lupine, arnica, glacier lily, fireweed and spring beauty.

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