Bruce Peninsula is famous for its sparkling blue water and beautiful cliffs, but you may not know that the area is also home to the oldest tree in Ontario.
Old-growth forests are very important to the ecosystem because they provide habitats for a huge variety of flora and fauna.
Ontario’s landscape has changed drastically since European settlers arrived — back then, the province had many old-growth forests, but some can still be found today, says the Network of Nature.
The oldest of these old trees can be found at none other than the Niagara Escarpment cliffs of Bruce Peninsula.
According to the Network of Nature, the oldest known tree In Ontario can be found on the cliffs of Lion’s Head.
“At first glance the ancient eastern white cedars sprawling from cliffside rocks may appear to be weathered, weak and unhealthy,” they say.
However, upon closer inspection, you’ll see that they are alive, and well despite their old age.
How old are they exactly? Well, believe it or not, these trees are said to be over 1,300 years old!
Ancient trees can be found in several other parts of the province too.
Algonquin Provincial Park, which is Canada’s oldest provincial park, is also home to some of the oldest trees in the country.
It’s home to 500-year-old Hemlock trees, making these trees some of the oldest Hemlocks in the world.
Autumn is an especially great time to visit Algonquin — thousands of people come from all over to witness the colourful display.
Ancient forests can also be found at Rondeau Provincial Park, home to “some of the last remaining old growth Carolinian forest in Ontario,” says Network of Nature.
Before the weather gets too cold, get a dose of natural history by visiting the oldest tree in Ontario this fall.