September 15, 2018
This year, National Tree day on Sept. 26 will be a particularly special one in Canada. This year marks the first year without Royal Galipeau, the Member of Parliament who founded the event in cooperation with Tree Canada. Mr. Galipeau passed away on Jan. 27 of this year at the age of 71.

In 2010, the former M.P. for Ottawa-Orléans presented a private members’ motion with the idea of declaring a national tree day. On March 2, 2011, the House of Commons passed Motion 575 to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week as National Tree Day.

National Tree Day is a day where all Canadians can celebrate their appreciation of trees and the many benefits they provide: clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demands and connecting with nature.

For National Tree Day 2018, Tree Canada has created a mission to plant over 4,000 trees at five pre-selected urban parks across the country: Montreal, Que.; St. John’s, N.L.; Markham, Ont.; Winnipeg, Man.; and Coquitlam, B.C.
Each of the five sites were carefully selected to provide ecological benefits to the community and allow for easy access for residents to participate in activities.

Members of the landscape and horticulture are encouraged to participate in this annual event by organizing a tree planting in their community, such as at a church, community centre, or schools.

For more information, visit the Tree Canada website at