The Tree of Great Peace
White pine stamp, 1979
Pine Street was probably named for the eastern white pine tree (pinus strobus) one of the most beautiful trees in Ontario. Named in 1873, Pine Street was originally planned to run east from Railway Avenue to Dufferin Street, between Elm and Walnut streets. However, that street never materialized, and Pine Street was laid out in its present location in 1877. It runs from Erie Street to Railway Avenue in the city's south end.
The white pine is the official tree emblem of Ontario, the first province to have an official tree as its emblem. Found throughout Ontario, the eastern white pine is the tallest tree in the province and can live for more than 250 years. Known as the Tree of Great Peace by the Haudenosaunee First Nations of southern Ontario, the eastern white pine was also an important source of income and trade during the province’s early days. Source: Trees Canada
There is a stand of mature white pine near the Stratford Public Utilities Commission's Water Control Centre at 39 Romeo St. S. Those trees were planted in 1937 by Stratford Boy Scouts to mark the coronation of of King George VI. By white pine standards, this is a young stand; these trees can easily live 200-plus years. Source: Streets of Stratford, 2004.