Freija is located amidst a remarkable, mature maple-beech 1,000 acre Kinghurst Forest that is a rare example of pre-settlement woodlands in southern Ontario. Many of the trees are 250 to 300 years old, tower over 30 meters high, and clearly show the vertical stratification characteristic of a true, old-growth forest. A spectacular show of wildflowers greets visitors in the spring, as do provincially rare plants such as Hart’s-tongue fern.
A simple act of taking a walk in a forest like this one (a form of preventative therapy called “forest bathing” or Shinrin-yoku) has proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
Our guides will take you on a magical trek through the forest, pointing out various types of trees, terrain, water features, magical streams, birds and wildlife abundant in the Ontario forest. Along the way we’re going to forage for wild edible plants and make rejuvenating tea by a forest stream.
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