With the new process this year of having a public vote for Tree of the Year, we encourage everybody to go out and experience these beautiful and important trees first-hand before voting (while following public health guidelines, of course). See descriptions and photos of all the 2021 nominees here.
Be sure to come back to vote for your favourite tree. Watch for a subsequent blog post that will give access to the voting form.
Map of tree locations
We have a lot of nominees (27), so we have grouped them into four areas to facilitate visiting them efficiently:
- Comox loop
- Courtenay loop
- North Courtenay and Merville north loop
- Outlying areas
Use this map to locate all the nominees (except one – #26 is on private land, not visible from public land).
At the initiation of the TOTY cycle challenge last year, Karen C. said: “For viewing special trees in our community, cycling just seems to be the natural way not only to see the nominated trees but to have an adventure in our rich urban and rural forests.”
This year, since start and stop points will be different for everyone, we have left the fun of devising cycle routes to you. It is your cycle adventure! The Comox and Courtenay loops could even be walking loops.
We hope the map gives ideas for loops that can be customized to link to other loops or otherwise suit your schedule or desired degree of intensity. As well as using the map you can download a file with the text of the Nominees article here, so you have tree descriptions, exact locations, and comments from the nominators.
Also, for general cycling information and planning tools you can download the Comox Valley Cycling Map created by the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition.
Share your experience with us at cvn [dot] toty [at] gmail [dot] com.