Elphinstone is located on the Sunshine
Coast area of British Columbia,
'Mt. Elphie' is home to one of the oldest remaining low elevation forests on this part of the province.
One-quarter of the planets remaining ancient temperate rainforest is located here on Canada's west coast, in a narrow band between the Pacific ocean and the coastal mountain range.
The mountain forest is made up of many varieties of trees including old growth Douglas-fir, red cedar and yew. It also contains rare Sitka spruce and western white pine.
The forest in turn is home to a wide assortment of animals. On a hike up the mountain, one might encounter black bears, bobcats, cougars and many species of birds, frogs, and salamanders. All of which are dependent on the forest for things like nesting, denning and food. Some of BC's biggest black bears reside on Mt. Elphie, often feeding on the many berries and mushrooms right through the mild winters.
Elphinstone might be best known for it's mushrooms. The forest is one of Canada's most diverse with mushrooms. It contains many rare species of fungus, including Tricholoma appium, which was unknown to North America until it was discovered on Elphie several years ago.
Unfortunately, Mount Elphinstone has
been threatened by logging for many years. Local
residents have rallied together to help protect the
forest and have been fighting for a proposed 1500-hectare
ecological reserve of which 150 hectares have become a
reality so far..
An online search led me to a site
created by Captain Max Mushroom, a Sunshine Coast
enviromental figure. I contacted him and not only did he
provide some great information about the area, but he
also offered to meet up with us when we arrived there.
To contact the designer of this site please click here