Ontario is honouring fallen Canadian soldiers by planting trees along the Highway of Heroes.
In partnership with Forests Ontario and Highway of Heroes Tribute, one tree will be planted along Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto for every soldier who has fallen serving Canada since Confederation–a total of 117,000 trees.
In addition to honouring Canadian service members, the project will provide additional benefits by increasing canopy cover, erosion control, wind breaks, pollinator species and greening along portions of Highway 401. Planting is expected to begin in spring 2016 and take approximately five years to complete. To launch the project, a ceremonial tree will be planted at each end of the Highway of Heroes: at CFB Trenton, where the highway begins, and outside the Coroner’s Office at Keele Street in Toronto, where it ends.
- Forests Ontario will be responsible for the tree planting and associated costs, and will maintain the planted sites.
- Highway 401 between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and Keele Street in Toronto is recognized as the Highway of Heroes, representing the final journey of Canadian men and women who died in service to their country.
- The Highway of Heroes was dedicated on August 24, 2007.
- Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and 2,800 bridges.