Big Tree Trail Meares Island Home Business Directory Big Tree Trail Meares Island Address Meares Island, BC Big Tree Trail (Meares Island Tribal Park) This trail was originally built by Tofino artist Adrian Dorst and his friends in 1984, in the wake of logging protests taking place on Meares Island. Along it, you’ll find Western Redcedar trees as old as 1,500 years. Distance: 3 kilometres, round-trip The wooden boardwalk on this trail is made of hand-split planks and can be uneven in some spots and slippery in wet weather. Some highlights: The Hanging Garden Tree, with a circumference of 18.3 metres, was once considered the largest tree of its kind in Canada. The journey to Meares Island itself is a highlight, whether by motor boat, First Nations dugout canoe or kayak.