Today, Tree Canada, the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments, will plant 3,000 trees in 12 communities across Canada in celebration of the 10th anniversary of National Tree Day.

At a time when many Canadians have found solace in trees and nature during the course of the pandemic, the need for trees, and their equitable spread, in our urban communities have become ever more important.

Trees help people live longer, healthier lives. Exposure to nature reduces stress, speeds healing and helps improve mental health. Research shows that walking through a forest for just 15 minutes can lower symptoms of anxiety and depression and boost positive mood.

Climate change is also top of mind for many Canadians. Planting trees are a practical and economical way to fight climate change and are an easy and natural way to cool and beautify cities.

Given that forest cover in Canadian cities has been declining over the past 20 years and that more than 80 per cent of the population now lives in urban areas, it is critical to continue efforts on increasing the canopy and resiliency of Canada’s urban forests.

According to Tree Canada, by bringing people and communities together through tree planting initiatives, we all become part of the solution.

The communities involved include: North Vancouver, BC; Edmonton, AB; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Mississauga, ON; Markham, ON; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Quebec City, QC; Saint John, NB; Charlottetown, PE; and, St. John’s, NF.

Tree Canada is inviting Canadians to plant trees with them in communities across the country, register their own National Tree Day events or search for events near them on Tree Canada’s National Tree Day event registry.

Where:

City Tree Planting Location Tree Planting Date and Time
(local times)
St. John’s Red Cliff Parking Area

Meeting Location:

Red Cliff parking area off Cobblers path (Hiking Trail)

St. John’s, NL

 

Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Charlottetown Upton Farmland 3 different locations

Meeting Location:

PEI School of Guitar (161 Maypoint Rd)

Charlottetown, PE

Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saint John Caledonia stormwater retention pond

Meeting Location:

At the entrence of the pedestrian trail on Cambridge Dr. (in front of 16 Cambridge Dr.)

Saint John, NB

 

Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Quebec City Ancienne-Lorette

Meeting Location:

Jonction Rue Charles Gill et Rue Parisien

Quebec City, QC

 

Wednesday, September 22

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

or

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Montreal Mont Royal
Meeting Location: Maison Smith, 1260 chemin Remembrance
Montreal, QC 
Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Ottawa Chapel Hill
Meeting Location:Near the corner of Jeanne D’Arc and Hunters Run, behind bus stop 7788

Ottawa, ON

Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Markham Milne Dam Conservation Area
Meeting Location: Parking Lot at 6 Princess Street
Markham, ON 
Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mississauga Erindale Park

Mississauga, ON

(Note: this is a private sponsor event, not open to the public)

Wednesday, September 22

 

Winnipeg FortWhyte Alive
Meeting Location: 1961 McCleary Road
Winnipeg, MB 
Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saskatoon Diefenbaker Park

Meeting Location:

The west end of the Ball Diamond in Diefenbaker Park.

Saskatoon, SK

 

Wednesday, September 22

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Edmonton Rundle Park

Meeting Location:

2909 113 Avenue (Parking lot at the base of the Rundle Park Sled Hill. Note: if you’ve reached the Tennis courts or ACT Recreation Centre you’ve gone too far.)

Edmonton, AB

 

Wednesday, September 22

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

North Vancouver Larson Park
Meeting Location:502 West 22nd Street, North Vancouver. Meet on the corner of Larson Road and Larson Crescent

North Vancouver, BC

 

Wednesday, September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

For further information on National Tree Day events, how to get involved or to donate, visit: treecanada.ca/nationaltreeday

Featured image: Tree Fields by Getty Images.

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