Salt Spring residents have been saddened and surprised to hear that two iconic Garry oak trees at the head of Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park came down on Sunday morning.
Daryl Chonka and his wife Rani Dunkley, who live at the entrance of the park, were getting started with their day when they heard a massive crack at around 9 a.m. They looked outside to see the trees that had stood together for so many years were no longer upright.
“It had been kind of a stormy night, but it was quiet and still that morning,” Chonka said. “People had noticed they were coming apart as time went on. They had reached that critical point where their weight pulled them apart and they gracefully laid down.”
The “twin” trees had grown in almost mirror image reflection. Remarkably, the two trunks divided to fall away in opposite directions, as if one entity was split in half.