We went to see the Comfort Maple which is believed to be the oldest living sugar maple tree in Canada. It’s located in Pelham, Ontario in the Niagara Region. The tree’s location was incorrectly marked on our map so we got the extended tour of the area before we found the tree.
The Comfort name comes from the Comfort family who own the farm land the tree is situated on.
At first glance, it seems to be your average big maple:
Here’s the 411:
A tree of this age is an unexpected treasure here in Ontario: 500 years old!
If you look at the lower half of the tree, it looks like the legs and feet of a gnarly giant:
To get an idea of the size, here’s the same shot with my daughter in the picture. The trunk measures approximately 18 meters around (think in yards if you’re not into metric, they’re close enough):
The tree has been reinforced over the years with steel guides and bricks (where bark used to be–not shown in this photo):
The branches are very long and look incredibly heavy. Each one also has a steel rope holding it in place. If I lived nearby, I’d probably come check on the tree after every big storm.
The surrounding farm land is very beautiful:
Despite a bit of goofy business trying to find the place, once we asked the woman at the nearby corner store, we found it and were very glad we persisted. It’s an incredible tree (and area).
Directions to the Comfort Maple
Contrary to what our map said, the tree is located off Metler Road, on a small laneway (south side of Metler), between Cream Street and Balfour Street. The Satellite map labels it properly.
Watch carefully for a small sign where the laneway meets Metler Road saying ‘Comfort Maple’. It’s between some houses and rather unstated….