Friday, 3 June 2016

Into the Deep Dark Forest

York Regional Forest is cool and shady on a hot day. The forest is operated by the Region of York in Ontario, and encompasses over 5000 acres with 2000 acres of public trails on 18 forest tracts.

The 1800s were a time of settlement and economic development in Ontario and woodlands were harvested for lumber, and the land plowed for farming. The previously forested areas looked empty and bleak. Then in 1924 a Restoration Committee started planting trees to save the forest area.

In 2000 York Regional Forest became the first publicly owned forest to be certified under the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring forest maintenance in a sustainable manner. The trails offer access to horseback riding, walking, mountain biking, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. At the Hollidge Tract there is a 1 km trail loop which provides a unique nature experience that is accessible to all users including those with disabilities.

This trail is in Scout Tract.

Possibly Yellow Avens.... not sure.

White Trillium, Ontario's Provincial flower.

Purple Polygala or Gaywings


Marie Smith said...

Accessibility for everyone is wonderful. Beautiful area!

Elephant's Child said...

What a glorious place. And yay for accessibility.

Anvilcloud said...

Happy trails to you.

ann @ studiohyde said...

This looks such a beautiful place. I can't imagine having somewhere so vast to wander in - Wow!

Jacob said...

This is a paradise! Love such places to walk or bike; meander around and take photos. You're fortunate to have so many possibilities up there.

stardust said...

I can almost feel cool fresh air wafting through your photos. Walking in the forest has a therapeutic effect on our soul. I like the light and shadow in the fourth image.


Rock Chef said...

Oh, beautiful! Makes me want to get out and have a hike!