Forest Therapy

Interpretive sign along Toogood Pond Park Forest Therapy trail.

Forest Therapy, also known as Shinrin-yoku, refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The Japanese words “Shinrin-yoku” translate into English as “Forest Bathing.”

In the Fall of 2018, the City of Markham completed construction of four Shinrin-yoku trails in local parks. These trails offer interpretive signage, seating, and are designed to be easily accessible to people of all ages and abilities.  The locations of the trails are Pomona Mills Park, Toogood Pond Park, Springdale Park and Valley, and Rouge Valley Park.

With the exception of benches being off-limits, these trails are open to be safely enjoyed while practicing physical distancing.