Join the County of Simcoe as we Celebrate our Roots

100 years of the Simcoe County Forest

In commemoration of #NationalForestWeek in Canada, which runs September 18 to 24, residents and visitors are invited to join Warden George Cornell, County Councillors and Forestry professionals to Celebrate our Roots: 100 Years of the Simcoe County Forest. The free community event takes place at the Simcoe County Museum on September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a chance to celebrate the history of our forests, enjoy a guided walk through the Museum Tract, along with a range of forestry themed activities and a free BBQ consisting of either hot dogs or veggie dogs and a special treat. A formal opening of the Forestry Education area will take place at 11 a.m. and will including the unveiling of new interactive displays. Representatives from the Canadian Institute of Forestry will also be on hand to culminate a year of celebration of the County being named the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022.

Event: Celebrating Our Roots:
100 years of the Simcoe County Forest
Where: Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario
When: Saturday, September 24, 2022
11 a.m. ~ Formal ceremony at Red Pine House
11:30 a.m. ~ Activities begin
12 p.m. ~ BBQ begins ~ food available on first come, first served basis while supplies last

Did you know the County of Simcoe was the first jurisdiction in Ontario to enter into the ‘Agreement Forest’ program in 1922 and has invested in tree planting, management practices and property acquisitions to become Ontario’s largest municipally-owned forest, now spanning more than 33,000 acres across more than 150 properties? Throughout 2022, the County has celebrated the growth of the Simcoe County Forest over the past century, and is proud to showcase this national honour of being the Forest Capital of Canada with our residents, guests and partners at this free community event.

The BBQ is sponsored by the County of Simcoe and will provide guests with both a meat and vegetarian option. As quantities are limited, guests are encouraged to come early. A donation to the local Food Bank is encouraged.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

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705-734-8386 (mobile)

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Join the County of Simcoe as we Celebrate our Roots