I was recently walking through the forest on southern Vancouver Island and came across a grove of Arbutus trees, I was awed by their beauty. The sun filtered through their meandering branches as I took the time to study them from the comfort of their shade. Although they don’t grow the size of some of the coastal giants like Douglas Firs or Red Cedars, they grow in elegant spirals, understated lines that are completely unique in our forests. Standing in that grove near Sooke, BC I felt a deep connection to our name, taken from these trees who provide our local forests with a splash of colour with their red bark. I shared some pictures below that I took that day.