A simple act of taking a walk in a forest like Kinghurst Forest (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.
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.
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