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Ancient Cedars Hike

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

It’s like going back in time every time we visit Whistler’s old growth forests, with cedar trees dating back several hundreds of years. Cedrus trees can grow up to 30–40 m (occasionally 60 m) tall with spicy-resinous scented wood, thick ridged or square-cracked bark, and broad, level branches. The shoots are dimorphic, with long shoots, which form the framework of the branches, and short shoots, which carry most of the leaves. The leaves are evergreen and needle-like, 8–60 mm long, arranged in an open spiral phyllotaxis on long shoots, and in dense spiral clusters of 15–45 together on short shoots; they vary from bright grass-green to dark green to strongly glaucous pale blue-green, depending on the thickness of the white wax layer which protects the leaves from desiccation. The seed cones are barrel-shaped, 6–12 cm long and 3–8 cm broad, green maturing grey-brown, and, as in Abies, disintegrate at maturity to release the winged seeds. The seeds are 10–15 mm long, with a 20–30 mm wing; as in Abies, the seeds have 2–3 resin blisters, containing an unpleasant-tasting resin, thought to be a defence against squirrel predation. Cone maturation takes one year, with pollination in autumn and the seeds maturing the same time a year later. Thepollen cones are slender ovoid, 3–8 cm long, produced in late summer and shedding pollen in autumn.[1][2]

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Whistler Summer

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

July is time for strawberry picking just north of Whistler in Pemberton, BC. Students and teachers from Advantage EJ School headed out for a day full of sightseeing, hiking and adventure.

     

After viewing Nairn Falls, students enjoyed an international picnic then were off to Pemberton for NorthArm farm. Plenty of fresh strawberries made for succulent pies and delicious homemade jam.