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The Comfort Maple is a wonderful place to visit. It is very quiet and often there is nobody else there. It is found in the countryside of North Pelham, tucked away down a bumpy dirt road. It's a perfect location for picnics or just to sit and read, and lovely in the fall, when the leaves all change from green to a vibrant yellow, orange or red. It draws many people each year, especially at this time, from photographers to nature lovers to dog walkers. The thick layer of fallen leaves in the fall also makes for fun for children. The Comfort Maple is an enormous and strangely shaped sugar maple tree which is believed to be at least 500 years old, the oldest sugar maple in Canada (Acer saccharum). This beautiful tree stands at nearly 100 feet tall with a trunk circumference of 20 feet and it's branches stretch far out to the sky. Many of its branches are supported by guy wires to ensure their stability, and there are even some bricks and concrete in the tree that were used to seal old wounds seared into the trunk and to protect it from disease and insects. The tree is really an awe inspiring sight and something you need to see with your own eyes. A great photo opportunity, visitors can also learn more about our natural heritage as well as the environmental heritage of the tree itself. One can't visit this site without learning to appreciate the beauty of nature and this huge tree.
8:00 AM - Dusk
1. Take QEW Niagara
2.Take exit 57 for Victoria Ave toward County Rd-24/Vineland
3. Turn right at S Service Rd
4. Take the 1st left onto Victoria Ave.
5. Continue onto Regional Rd-24
6. Turn left at Metler Rd
1. Take the I-90N to the Peace Bridge
2. Continue down QEW
10. Take exit 27 for Mcleod Rd toward County Rd-49
11. Turn left at McLeod Road.
12. Take the 1st right onto Montrose Rd.
13. Turn left at Lundy's Lane
14. Continue onto King's Hwy 20/King's Hwy 58/Regional Rd-20
15. Turn right at Cream Street
16. Turn right at Tice Road
17. Take the 1st left onto Cream Street
18. Turn left at Metler Road
"The Comfort Maple is Pelham’s most famous landmark and worth a visit at any time of year. The tree is believed to be the oldest of its kind in Canada. Robert Comfort acquired the property in North Pelham, where the tree stands, in 1816. When the family farm was sold in 1946, Earl Comfort and his sister Edna retained the land surrounding the tree. Edna believed that the tree marked an Indian burial ground, and that it was visited regularly in pioneer times by groups of First Nations people. This theory is supported by the Indian artifacts found by farmers in and around North Pelham." Mary Lamb. Archivist for the Pelham Historical Society. 2008.
On April 30, 1961, the Comfort Maple was accepted for preservation by Niagara Penninsula Conservation Authority. Edna donated the land to the Niagara Penninsula Conservation Authority in memory of her brother, Earl.
There are approimately 125 species of maple trees, most of which are native to Asia. Most maples grow between 10 and 45 meters in height (30-145 ft). Others are shrubs less than 10 meters tall witha number of small trunks originating at ground level. Most species are deciduous and grow their characteristic maple leaves, which are marked by their sharply shaped points. They are also found on the Canadian flag.
Sugar maples are native to the hardwood forests of North Eastern North America, from Nova Scotia to Southern Ontario. It is a deciduous species that usually grows to heights between 82 to 115 feet tall, however there are exceptions of very tall sugar maples. They are also very tolerant of shade and can still grow when in these conditions. The leaves are usually betwee 8 to 15 centimeters wide with five palmate lobes. In the fall, these maple leaves turn to great colours of red, yellow and orange, making them very colourfull and vibrant. Sugar maples are used for their maple sap, which is used to make many products such as maple syrup. Maple wood is also used for furniture and flooring as it is hard and dense.
Pets must be kept on leash at all times at the Comfort Maple.
Pelham Historical Society, Mary Lamb, Archivist, PO Box 903, Fonthill Ontario L0S 1E0 Email: email@example.com
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