‘Ottawa’ Capital Facts: The Tree Mishap at Ottawa’s Rare Sand Dunes
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Citizen is rolling out one fact each day for 150 days until July 1, highlighting the odd, the fascinating and the important bits of Ottawa history you might not know about.
As part of a provincial plan to reforest and replant in the 1950s, trees were dispersed on the Pinhey Sand Dunes, a short drive from the Nepean Sportsplex on Woodroffe Avenue. The trees nearly overtook the dune, and the animals that depend on it to live, until the National Capital Commission and a group of citizens began working to restore it in 2011. The dune has survived more than 10,000 years since the last ice age.
— Sabrina Nemis