Beautiful view at Williams Lake, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Beautiful view at Williams Lake, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Help NCC protect a rare habitat and create an urban wilderness park in the Halifax Regional Municipality

A visitor takes in the views at Williams Lake, NS (Photo by NCC)

A visitor takes in the views at Williams Lake, NS (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has proposed a 379-acre (153-hectare) urban wilderness park in the Williams Lake area of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), bordering on the Purcell’s Cove Backlands. The property — owned by The Shaw Group — is already a popular hiking and swimming destination and NCC wants to keep it that way. We also want to protect the rare habitat known as jack pine and broom-crowberry barrens found in several locations on the site, as well as the property’s two lakes (Colpitts and Williams), several wetlands and mature forest — all of which provide habitat for more than 40 species of breeding birds and other wildlife.

NCC’s vision for the urban wilderness park is a sanctuary in the city: a place protected for both wildlife and people, with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation. We have already received the unanimous support for the park from HRM council, and we are working with a willing landowner. The area has been identified by the public as one of the top areas needing protection in HRM. All we need now is your support to ensure this extraordinary property is protected for the long term.

NCC is inviting everyone — citizens, communities, companies — to help create the urban wilderness park at Williams Lake. Your generosity will help us raise the $3.5 million needed to ensure the long-term conservation and care of this extraordinary property, located just minutes from the downtown core. Together, we can create a natural legacy for future generations.

To make a tax deductible donation, please call us toll-free at 1-866-319-5985.

You can also mail your donation to our Halifax office:

Nature Conservancy of Canada

7071 Bayers Road

Suite 337

Halifax, NS B3L 2C2

All levels of support are greatly appreciated.

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