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Atlas Obscura A Secret Hangout, Hidden In A Tree

A towering Canadian evergreen in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside Vancouver rewards those who climb it with a view and a secret hangout spot. The tree features a hammock, tire swing, and an amazing vista. Its location is kept secret by the honor-bound locals who love and care for it.

When viewed from outside, though the evergreen is especially tall, it hardly appears out of the ordinary. The tree’s beloved status is immediately evident once one crosses the threshold of its branches and sees all the homey additions from the tree’s regular visitors hidden inside.

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