The Harrington Tree Nursery is located in the Rouge River Valley between Ottawa and Montreal, half way between the Ottawa River and Mont-Tremblant. The Nursery benefits from the fact that it is situated in southern Quebec, which means we can count on around 2000 degree-days per year and over 120 frost-free days to grow hardy and healthy seedlings.
Our customers, employees, investors & suppliers are our partners.
Our employees are our company’s greatest asset. We work together to achieve our goals within a safe and enjoyable workplace.
The success of our company is directly linked to the success of our customers. We will provide high quality seedlings, on time, at competitive prices.
The Harrington Forestry Centre was founded in 1952 by the Canadian International Paper Company (CIP) as an educational center to help landowners in the surrounding Rouge River Valley learn about the basic principles of forest management.
In 1956, a tree nursery was established to produce bare root seedlings to be sold at cost to valley landowners and used to reforest large areas of barren land that had been unsuccessfully farmed since the end of the 19th century.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the CIP also co-operated with the Canadian Forestry Service in establishing range-wide white spruce provenance tests, as well as frost hardiness and growth tests for Norway spruce and European larch.
In the late 1970’s the need for additional seedling production continued to increase. Based on regeneration surveys, company foresters saw the need to establish full-scale reforestation programs on company freeholds. Containerized seedling production was added to the bare root seedling production capacity at Harrington. Harrington was the first private tree nursery in Quebec to switch to container grown seedlings.
In 1980, Harrington implemented a tree improvement program. “Plus tree” selection was carried out in jack pine and black spruce stands in Quebec’s northern regions, and seed orchards were established in Harrington. A white spruce improvement program was undertaken in co-operation with the New Brunswick Tree Improvement Council; grafting was done in Harrington and a clone bank established. A Norway spruce program was undertaken in co-operation with the Canadian Forestry Service, which furnished scions from clones established in provenance tests in southern Quebec. A hybrid larch orchard was also established to have access to a reliable seed supply for this fast growing species.
The demand for containerized seedlings continued to increase and in the spring of 1986, the Quebec government and the Harrington Tree Nursery negotiated a large-scale agreement making the Harrington production complex one of the largest in Quebec. The bare root tree nursery activity was discontinued and Harrington concentrated only on containerized seedlings. A two million-dollar capital investment transformed Harrington into a state of the art production complex, and production capacity was increased to 14 million seedlings per year.
In July 2000, the company was bought by local investors and privatized. The Harrington Tree Nursery also became a member of the Office des Producteurs de Plants Forestiers du Québec (OPPFQ). As a member of this association, the nursery is one of only 13 private tree producers supplying seedlings for the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks in Quebec (MFFP).
The Harrington Tree Nursey continues to produce high quality seedlings while making improvements and additions to our site. Four new cold frames were installed, a new fertilizer and chemical storage building was added, and upgrades to our portable rail and table system are some of the more recent improvements implemented to ensure the future success of the greenhouse. We are currently responsible for approximately 8 million of the 100 million trees produced annually in Quebec for the MFFP.