Unit 1 - The Historical Use of Canada's Forests

Lesson 1: The History of Canada's Forests

Forestry is the "science and practice of caring for forests".  Canada's forests originated after a dramatic period of global warming that began the melt of the glaciers 15,000 years ago.
Canada's history is completely linked to our forests, which have been part of Canadian's lives as far back as the early 19th century. 
At that time, forest resources were used to build canoes, homes and tools.
Small logging companies started to appear in British Columbia in the 1840s and '50s.
Forestry has and will continue to be one of Canada's most important sectors, economically, culturally and environmentally.
This course will explore, in more detail, these three areas of importance in addition to other interesting topics related to forestry.
This image is a dam and mill on the Garpereau River in Nova Scotia in 1896; logging has been an important part of the province's economy.

Courtesy Library and Archives Canada/PA-12642


Northern River by Tom Thomson - wikiart
Forests are a part of Canada's identity,  whether depicted in the paintings of Tom Thompson or the maple leaf on the Canadian flag.