Canada's First Forestry Station

Walsingham, ON

Where are we going?

Canada's First Forestry Station
477 Norfolk County Hwy 24
Walsingham
ON N0E 1X0
Canada

519-875-3350

What is there to do?

If you want to spend a day out in nature, AND surround yourself with history, then why not take a visit to Canada's First Forestry Station Interpretive Centre in St. Williams.

There is such a rich history here, kids will love hearing all about it right on the spot that it happened!

The pioneer forefathers who visited the area, arrived to deeply forested, and impenetrable bush land.  Did you know that back then, by law, that they had to clear the free land and farm on it?

As a result the topsoil of the region, which was quite sandy, blew  away and within 50 years,  a large part of Norfolk County was desert?  Who knew!

Also at Canada's First Forestry Station Interpretive Centre, the whole family can learn about the Neutrals who fished and hunted the area, and all those men that played a part in the development of the station.

The fact that it's the FIRST forestry station in Canada is a pretty big deal, isn't it!

It became the model reforestation and tree selling production area in the entire province, so it really paved the way for the industry as it stands today.  

Not only was it that, but it was a showcase and teaching facility, AND a 4,000 acre demonstration forest! 

There are a number of displays that you can learn from, including how they collect seeds, how they market themselves, as well as the history of the first planting at St. Williams.

So why not spend the day out in nature, walking our easy trails, eating a picnic lunch, and learning something fascinating of the area at the same time! There is so much history to be enjoyed! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free! But donations accepted

Children: Same as adult

LAST UPDATED 2015

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just contact them before you arrive and see how they can assist you!

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When can we go?

10:30am - 4:30pm , or anytime by appointment

Victoria Day to Labour Day. Closed Tuesdays.

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Any top tips?

Take those walking shoes as they have great trails about the forest, including to the site of the first planted pine trees from 1908!

I’m Hungry!

Best take some healthy snacks with you to keep that energy up!

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