More than 679 species of life call it home where they live on it’s 457 hectares. Do you know Ottawa’s most biodiverse and ecologically important area? The answer is:
South March Highlands
- 164 species of birds!
- 75 mammals, fish, amphibians & reptile species!
- 440 plants, many of which are rare and endangered in Ontario
- 10 distinct habitats for wildlife
- 30 eco types of vegetation & old growth trees
- densest biodiversity left in the City of Ottawa
Have you heard of ‘forest bathing’ or Shinrin Yoku? It’s the Japanese art of sitting in a forest and soaking in the peace. It reconnects you to nature and is becoming a ‘thing’ in over stressed and nature disconnected North America.
A visit to Ottawa’s Great Forest is perfect for Shinrin Yoku.
It can be good for more than your headspace too!
Quality of life is better in Ottawa, where a work commute longer than 20 minutes is considered ‘long’. Our skies are blue and our air is clean. With a lack of industry here, we are lucky to not breath in the pollution that suffocates cities like Toronto.
Anyone with a cottage doesn’t drive more than an hour to get there when you live in Ottawa, but you don’t even need to go that far to find a forest, just head to South March Highlands. It’s good for the soul.