The Seven Sisters trees were some of the tallest trees in the world. They resided in a small area in the middle of Stanley Park. When people stood among them they felt like they were in a Cathedral. In the early 1900s they were the most popular attraction in Stanley Park. They were so popular that 'Cathedral Trail' was cut to help people get to them quicker. Eventually, because so many people walked on their roots they became dangerous and were cut down in the 1950s. All that remains of them is their stumps. Now, new trees are growing in the same area. Eventually, in a thousand years, they may be as big and tall as the originals!
There is a theory that the 7th sister was not actually cut down and still exists at the site! We are investigating this theory!
At the time of the popularity of the trees, there was a famous 'Seven Sisters' hair tonic that was being sold. This may have influenced the naming of the trees.
The plaque says:
The Seven Sisters
At the turn of the 19th Century this area was the site of seven large trees comprised of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. They were known as the "Seven Sisters" and their popularity was such that a special walking trail was cut to better accomodate public access. By 1953 these monument trees reached the end of their life-cycle posing danger to park users and were hence, removed. The seven large stumps here are the only reminder of these forest giants from another era.
The Seven Sisters trees and plaque are located at the intersection of Bridle and Tatlow Trails in Stanley Park. In this same area are many of the tallest trees in Stanley Park and some of the tallest trees in the world! 7 New Seven Sisters Trees were planted a few metres south on Bridle Trail.
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