... the majestic aisles and mighty pillars of the wood formed an enchanting amphitheatre of forest grandeur ... forming a quiet and undisturbed retreat, a cool and silent haven for the timid denizens ...
George Green, History of Burnaby Lake and Vicinity, Shoemaker, McLean & Veitch Ltd., Vancouver, 1947, p. 2.
TIME: ca 1859
Beyond the valley, where the ground was higher, the wood was more open, and within its quiet forest depths was an abundance of game. Paths led down to the quiet waters, along which, at daybreak, sauntered unmolested, the wild deer and the majestic elk. Seldom, if ever, had their sanctuary been disturbed by the Indian hunter. The twang of the bow-string, and the singing flight of the arrow, even the stealthy footfall of the native had not often been heard in that locality, and the peaceful life was disturbed only by the wild life itself.
George Green, History of Burnaby Lake and Vicinity, Shoemaker, McLean & Veitch Ltd., Vancouver, 1947, p. 1.
PLACE: Vancouver (Burnaby)
TIME: ca 1859
... once in the forest.... In wintertime, the stillness, the absence of life or sound, is weird and oppressive. When the snow is on the ground, you may perceive indeed the footprints of animals, of birds, of deer, or occasionally of a bear, but you hear no sound, not a cry, not a whisper, not a rustle of a leaf. Sit down upon a fallen tree, and the silence becomes oppressive, almost painful. It is a relief even to hear at last the sough of the fall of the snow from the boughs of the cypress, the pine, or the yew, which stretch like dark horse-plumes high overhead.
George Green, History of Burnaby Lake and Vicinity, Shoemaker, McLean & Veitch Ltd., Vancouver, 1947, p. 3.
PLACE: British Columbia
TIME: 20th century