Maintained by the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is located near Maple Ridge Town Centre.
Forest is open from dawn till dusk, every day of the year. However, during fire season (April 1 – September 30), if the fire hazard is extreme, the forest may be closed to the general public.
NOTE: No pets allowed. This forest is an ecological education centre, you must stay on the path provided and do not disturb the vegetation or wildlife.
WILDLIFE: Remember your bear bell during bear season, there is a resident bear and cougar. There are daily sighting postings at the front gate.
This spectacular and iconic forest has not always been a protected part of Maple Ridge. Early settlers logged these mountains fearlessly, using huge steam donkeys A & L logging company pulled out some of the largest trees on the mountain.
Much like today, forest fire was a concern and in 1868 a large forest fire swept through the west side of the mountain side leaving just the wettest parks of the forest intact. The forest now consists of a mixed variety of apx. 145 year old trees.
Logging increased rapidly between from 1920 to 1931 pulling about 2300 hectares of new growth and old growth trees on the eastern side of the forest. You can see the devastation in old archive photos.
1949 is the year UBC took over the management of the forest and dedicated the land to education. Today the forest is open to all visitors, where you can hike it extensive trail system and learn about the different vegetation and wildlife that call Maple Ridge home.
Things to Do:
[tabwrap][tab title=”Hiking”]With it’s great variety of hikes you are sure to find a path you love. This forest is very well maintained with some bark trails for low impact running and well marked trails. Pick up a map at the ranger station, located at the park entrance, and go explore!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRAIL MAP[/tab][tab title=”Wildlife Watching”]Malcolm Knapp Forest is home to a large variety of wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your camera, your sure to see a deer near the front gate, or bring your tracking book and have the kids hunt for animal foot prints.[/tab][tab title=”Tours”]Anytime of year you are able to book a tour or field trip with the forest facilitators. They are able to accommodate school trips, as well as other organizations and interested companies.
For more information on booking a tour CLICK HERE[/tab][tab title=”Soak in the View”]Take a stroll through the thick forest on this well maintained trail to a breath taking view. The forest boasts two spectacular view points on the blue trail. The first view point is for novice hikers while the second view point is found past the end of the advanced level blue trail. Hike through rough terrain to 325km above sea level for a view well worth the effort. On a clear day you can see all the way to Vancouver!
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