A Hotel Near Vancouver's Old Apple Tree
Historic Apple Tree near Downtown Vancouver
The Mother of All Pacific Northwest Apple Trees, Just Ten Minutes Away from The Heathman Lodge
That the Old Apple Tree began as seeds in a pocket would not be all that spectacular, except that these seeds were given as a going away gift to Emilius Simpson as he departed London, England. Sometime shortly after his arrival at Fort Vancouver, where his cousin Sir George Simpson was Hudson's Bay governor, Emilius would plant the seeds sometime in 1826. The tree gave its first fruit in 1830 - a single apple - and has produced a crop of apples every year since - for 188 years. Most apple trees live anywhere from 50 to 70 years. The Old Apple Tree is believed to be the oldest in the Pacific Northwest and is the matriarch of the apple industry in Washington.
Today, the tree stands at the end of the Land Bridge between the Columbia River and Fort Vancouver.
Every year, the City of Vancouver holds the annual Old Apple Tree Festival on the first Saturday in October. There, they give away tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree.
It is free to visit the Old Apple Tree, with easy parking along the river on SE Columbia Way.