Winnipeg, Manitoba – Winnipeg is home to the largest mature urban elm tree forest in North America. Forming a canopy over many streets and sidewalks, the city features about 160,000 of stately elms. More than 100,000 of them are on public boulevards. According to the Public Works Urban Forestry Branch the value of Winnipeg’s elms is estimated to be $594 million dollars not including property values. About $3 million a year is spent to control Dutch Elm Disease. Winnipeg actually has about 8 million trees, and
there is even a dedicated Twitter site @TreesWinnipeg and website. The number of species of city’s trees is limiited because of the harsh climate. In addition to Elm you’ll see ash, maple, oak, poplar, basswood, birch, willow, spruce, cedar, pine, and some shrubs and fruit trees.
More cool sites in Winnipeg: While in Winnipeg be sure to take a look at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It’s due to open in 2014. Also visit: The Royal Canadian Mint – coin producer to the world. And, in Assiniboine Park there is a statue to the children’s storybook character ‘Winnie the Pooh’ who was named for Winnipeg, and the park is the site of the new Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Read about the centre and view Winnipeg Sun video here.
Elm Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba