This enchanted forest is home to Canada's tallest treehouse
Somewhere amid the kilometres of natural wonder along the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia lives a peculiar little place known as the Enchanted Forest.
Part whimsical attraction, part folk-art installation, part real-life fairytale, the park is located on 40 acres of one of the old growth forests BC is renowned for, near Revelstoke.
Open to the public since 1960, the Enchanted Forest showcases more than 350 works of architecture and art ranging from renditions of the homes of classic storybook characters to the Country's tallest treehouse, which spans three floors.
Guests can explore a castle guarded by a dragon, the home of the old lady who lives in a shoe, the cottages of the three little pigs and more.
The seasonal site is the brainchild of local artist Doris Needham and her husband, Ernest, who started the forest as a retirement project in the 1950s. Many of the pieces were created by Needham and fellow artists Adel Clark and Charles Henzler.
The park has expanded its amenities over the decades it's been in operation, and now includes activities ranging from a row boat tour and boardwalk through the trees, to an aerial trekking course, to a chance to glimpse seasonal salmon spawning.
Local artists are also continuously contributing to the Enchanted Forest's ever-changing landscape, making it a different kind of fantastical experience each year.
The property has changed hands over its years, but it remains family owned and family-focused — and always will be, according to its operations team.
Kids, adults, and pets can enjoy adventuring and picnicking below the lofty tree canopy; a welcome natural reprieve with minimal cell service.
Though the attraction is closed for the season, it will re-open for eager visitors in all its glory in May. It would serve as a dreamy, photo-worthy addition to any Canadian travel bucketlist.
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