A private 100-acre bird, wildlife and stargazing sanctuary in Desboro, Grey County, Ontario, Canada.
Here you can see some of the most breathtaking old-growth hardwood forest in Ontario (only one of seven remaining outside of Algonquin Park). My forest is abundant with wildlife including deer, porcupine, foxes, blue jays, cardinals, chipmunks, hummingbirds, heron and others.
The upland forest is dominated by sugar maple, with patches of beech, cedar and hemlock throughout. Endless trails on varying terrain offer plentiful opportunities for birdwatching, camping, canoeing on the ponds.
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 is good for you! 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.1
Designated as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI), Kinghurst Forest is a special place that offers a rare glimpse into Ontario’s natural past.
Adjacent 371-hectare (916 acres) Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve contains a remarkable, mature maple-beech forest that is a rare example of pre-settlement woodlands in southern Ontario.
On my property you’ll find several types of growth and features like vernal pools and crystal-clear ponds. Eco-friendly and sustainable amenities provide a comfortable base to explore the forest for any interested adventurers.
My humans take great pride and care in managing this ancient habitat and provide limited access to visitors, with emphasis on nature education, mental health and wildlife conservation.
Several conservation projects are taking place in the forest and an adjacent conservation area, including a seven-flower wildflower meadow, hibernaculum (a special habitat for snakes to use in winter), a Monarch waystation, consisting of milkweed plantations, turtle hatching habitat and an apiary.
Approach to conservation
Founded in 2016, Freija is a locally-owned and operated adventure company specializing in personalized retreats and unique experiences with emphasis on science education and nature conservation. My humans are driven by a belief in transformative power of reconnecting people with nature through unique personal experiences. All life on earth is threatened and they see great potential for a shared closer connection to nature.
A portion of proceeds from every stay at Freija helps support conservation projects in Kinghurst Forest and community organizations which protect nature and work for equitable access to outdoors.
We want to respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of Anishinaabe. In 1836, the Chippewas and Ottawas of the Anishinaabe people of Canada surrendered their Sauking territory as a result of a treaty signed in their name and were relocated to the part of their territory north of Owen Sound. A portion of proceeds from every stay at Freija goes to The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, dedicated to nurturing the expression of Anishinaabe culture in all forms.
My humans rely on amazing local community partners in sourcing quality environmentally-friendly materials and organic ingredients for their amenities and experiences:
Huron Bay Co-Operative
Robert’s Farm Equipment Sales
Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre
RONA B & L Farm Services
Lands & Forests Consulting
Williamsford Pie Company
Grey Bruce Telecom
And many others…