Did you know?

Visitors in the park’s Acadian Forest during the autumn colours.
© Parks Canada/ Townsend, B./2001

  • About 80% of Aboriginal communities live in forested areas.
  • About 72% of harvested areas on Crown land are regenerated through tree planting and direct seeding, while the remainder is regenerated naturally.
  • There were 11.9 million person-visits to Canada’s national parks in 2009.
  • About some 200 Canadian communities, most of them rural or remote, depend on the forest industry for at least 50% of their economic base.
  • Forests cover 31% of our world’s total land area.
  • Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.
  • 80% of our world’s terrestrial biodiversity live in forests.
  • Most of our medicine comes from plants, many of which are now endangered.
  • Deforestation and introduction of non-native species has led to about 12.5% of the world’s plant species becoming critically rare.
  • Every second, a parcel of rainforest the size of a football field disappears. Fewer rainforests mean less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe, and an increased threat from global warming.

Canadian forests are diverse, dynamic and are the basis of life in Canada!