Wind takes down 500-year-old tree

Steve Sharratt
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An ancient P.E.I. tree was knocked down during a recent winds storm on the Dixon property in East Baltic.

SOURIS — The recent wind storm that blew record speeds at East Point brought down a tree that was a mere sapling when Jacques Cartier first visited P.E.I. in 1534.

The “Big Tree” is an American White Elm located in Glencordale and was nearing 500 years of age. It was located on property owned by the Dixon family of East Baltic.

According to the Souris and Area Wildlife Federation, which announced the find, the tree was approximately 18 feet in circumference and withstood fires and natural disasters over the years. One resident estimated it easily hovered over 40 metres high.

"It was visited by many on an annual basis as folks wanted to admire this enormous tree," the federation says, noting that North Lake resident Melissa MacInnis, who was visiting the site, delivered the news.

Organizations: Area Wildlife Federation

Geographic location: East Point, Jacques Cartier, P.E.I. Glencordale North Lake

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  • Craig MacGregor
    December 12, 2013 - 05:25

    The property the tree was on is owned by Ian MacGregor of East Baltic. Craig MacGregor

  • w kennedy
    December 11, 2013 - 23:49

    R***nd*p acts as a growth stimulant for fungus. and in this damp climate should be curtailed ???Also a common problem with human infection[ altering the auto immune response and increasing Candida] the big old trees are diseased

    • Stephen Guptill
      December 12, 2013 - 17:40

      You are spot on the money and one of the few to admit it.

  • Dundas Sue
    December 11, 2013 - 09:29

    Plant another one; in ten years another. The person(s) who planted this tree and allowed it to grow while a vulnerable sappling are long gone but they planned for our enjoyment. Pass it on!

  • Kelly MacLean
    December 11, 2013 - 05:49

    This tree was beloved to many who flocked there every year with their children. I'm so saddened that it has fallen to the elements. Our community has lost a real treasure!

  • ds
    December 11, 2013 - 05:05

    ...and life goes on.

  • Fund Raiser
    December 10, 2013 - 23:55

    It would be lovely to see something made from the fallen tree and a group use the item to raise funds for the Souris and Area Wildlife Federation. I would love the opportunity to purchase tickets for such an item.

  • Will Brown from Maine
    December 10, 2013 - 22:04

    Very sad news. Walking into the woods and standing under the Big Elm's canopy was like being inside a huge cathedral where you were enveloped by it's peaceful cover. A true cathedral in the woods.