Wind takes down 500-year-old tree

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on December 10, 2013
An ancient P.E.I. tree was knocked down during a recent winds storm on the Dixon property in East Baltic.
Submitted photo

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.