Taking Root
Our Canada|October/November 2020
With two years to go, The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign is transforming our continent’s busiest highway into the world’s largest living tribute to veterans
Mark Cullen

Our relationship with trees can be quite personal. The volunteers at the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign have certainly found this to be true.

When we began five years ago with the goal to plant 117,000 trees on the Highway of Heroes— one tree for every Canadian lost at war since 1812— we had no idea just how personal the experience would become.

We discovered that 117,000 trees fit nicely along the Highway right-of-way, between CFB Trenton and the coroner’s office in Toronto. As word spread that we needed to raise ten million dollars to get the job done, volunteers and donors came out of the woods (pun intended). Members of Landscape Ontario, a strategic partner, have provided our campaign with donated trees, mulch, soil and labour—and many more Canadians have donated their hard-earned cash.

Over 4,500 amazing people also put their hand up to say, “I want to be a part of this.” We’ve had whole teams of junior hockey, baseball and soccer players, teachers and students, church groups and social clubs alongside people who stood in respect on the bridges during the Afghan conflict, local Legion members and active service personnel by the busload, and of course, most powerfully, Silver Cross mothers (and fathers) coming together to plant trees together.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM OUR CANADAView All

A VISIT TO THE SISTER NATIONS

An inter-country trek uncovers medieval history, majestic landscapes and age-old stories

2 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

ETERNALLY YOURS

This lifelong romance was meant to be from the very beginning

4 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

FREEZE FRAME

Dean McLeod of Saskatoon embraces the challenges of winter photography

4 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

NIAGARA'S FROZEN TUNDRA

Breathtaking winter vistas from one of Canada’s natural wonders

3 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

QUIET REFLECTION

Appreciating the calm beauty of a misty winter day

1 min read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

The Secret Life of a Fern

A touching tale of a special fern, true love and a favourite record album

3 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

Mmm BROWNIES!

Try these ooey, gooey, rich and chewy treats!

5 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

Twin Passions

A childhood fascination with horses led to an amazing life— and a unique collection

2 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

SUSAN MURAR A JOURNEY OF MIND AND SOUL

One of Canada’s leading sculptors continues to live for, with and through her art

4 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021

ONE AVID KNITTER!

Sharing her admiration for her multi-talented mom

3 mins read
Our Canada
February/March 2021
RELATED STORIES

WHY ANGELS?

WHERE THERE ARE HUMANS, YOU WILL FIND FLIES... AND BUDDHAS - KOBAYASHI ISSA

2 mins read
Lens Magazine
July 2020

Damen newcomer at Ontario port has line on versatility

Capt. Joe Farish eased the tugboat Sheri Lynn S. off the Picton Terminals dock before 0730. It had snowed overnight, and the channel in from Lake Ontario was smooth on the calm, overcast December morning.

5 mins read
Professional Mariner
March 2020

White Lake Blues

According to the map, there is an actual lake near the town of White Lake, South Dakota.

6 mins read
Successful Hunter
March - April 2020

Taking The Narrow Road To Success

For the innovators of manroc developments, focusing on specialization makes all the difference

4 mins read
The BOSS Magazine
January 2020

Intimate Scale

My pieces are small because Man intimate scale encourages maximum intuition, freedom and experimentation.

1 min read
International Artist
October - December 2019

HE CAN'T LEGGO OF XMAS GIFTS!

Severed limb was his wish

1 min read
Daily Star
January 02, 2021

The Truth About House Fires

FACT CHECK

2 mins read
Reader's Digest Canada
November 2020

We're Failing Our Kids' Mental Health

Social media pressures, loneliness, and the climate crisis are weighing on today’s youth. The stress is taking its toll

8 mins read
The Walrus
November/December 2020

De costa a costa en The Canadian

K

7 mins read
National Geographic Traveler en Español
Octubre 2020

ENSURING BETTERMENT OF HUMANKIND

THE LEADER OF NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY, CANADA AND A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, JAGMEET SINGH IS CREATING RIPPLES OF CHANGE IN THE SOCIETY WITH HIS PHILANTHROPIC APPROACH AND A VISIONARY ACUMEN

3 mins read
Urban Melange
August 2020