The Nature Conservancy of Canada's first project in Ontario was the conservation of Cavan Swamp in 1969, a type of wetland supporting numerous orchid species, muskrat, beaver and waterfowl. NCC has led the conservation of more than 1,400 projects across Ontario, protecting more than 178,000 acres (72,034 hectares) of this province's most ecologically significant land and water. Today, the Ontario Region continues to work with our partners to conserve Ontario's natural heritage.
Eastcourt winter wonder
The Ontario Region has many natural areas to visit during these wondrous winter months, including the Eastcourt Nature Reserve.
Think green this holiday season
Help protect Ontario’s natural heritage today by making a charitable gift.
Leaving a legacy
NCC is thankful for Margo Holt, a generous NCC donor who helped us achieve conservation through her charitable bequest. Through Margo’s gift from her estate, she provided NCC a wonderful opportunity to conserve an additional 113 acres (45 hectares) of land in the Carden Alvar Natural Area.
National Forest Week
During National Forest Week, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. This week is about celebrating the natural heritage that our home is known for such as the Powder Islands in northern Ontario.
Why I walk in the woods
Discover why Wendy Cridland, Ontario director of conservation, loves to walk in Backus Woods.
Life after burn at Hazel Bird
A reflection of life after spring prescribed burn on Hazel Bird, Rice Lake Plains, Ontario on May 12, 2014.
Ontario's 2014 conservation checkup
Now at the mid-way point of 2014, Ontario has had a healthy start to the year. Learn more about our recent accomplishments and discover how we are moving forward.
Hazel Bird prescribed burn
Discover the benefits of prescribed burns in the Rice Lake Plains of Ontario.
The original twitter of a snowbird
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Bird Cast) the Eastern Kingbird is on the move and is heading to southern Ontario. Learn more about the Kingbird's adventure north.
Where land and water meet
Wetland complexes are unique ecosystems areas where land and water meet, creating one of the most productive habitats in North America for vulnerable wetland birds and animals. For many years, wetlands were thought of as wastelands, but wetlands provide important ecological services: they slow drainage flows from developed areas, both urban and rural, reducing floods, filtering out pollutants and trapping sediments. The importance of conserving these areas is becoming increasingly apparent.
Located northeast of Lake Simcoe, the Carden Alvar Natural Area is an outstanding example of globally threatened alvar habitat combining alvar grasslands, shrublands, forests and wetlands and is critical to the survival of globally rare communities and the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike.
Rice Lake Plains Natural Area
The Rice Lake Plains, one of the most intriguing areas on the Oak Ridges Moraine, is an area of roughly 100,000 acres (40,470 hectares) located at the eastern end of the moraine, southeast of Peterborough
Frontenac Arch Natural Area
The Frontenac Arch, also called the Frontenac Axis, is a 50-kilometre-long extension of exposed Precambrian rock that runs through southeastern Ontario and upstate New York from Westport, north of Kingston, to the Thousand Islands.
Northwestern Lake Superior Coast Natural Area
The northwestern shores of Lake Superior are a unique landscape and a key area for Great Lakes biodiversity as well as part of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Western Lake Erie Islands Natural Area
The nine Canadian islands in Lake Erie support incredibly diverse natural features and an unusually high density of Ontario's rare species
Manitoulin Island Archipelago Natural Area
The Manitoulin Island Archipelago Natural Area is globally significant for its undeveloped Great Lakes shorelines and rare habitats, which support several species at risk, such as lakeside daisy and Hill's thistle.
Happy Valley Forest
The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forest on Canada's Oak Ridges Moraine.
Minesing Wetlands, located 20 kilometres west of Barrie, is recognized as an Internationally Significant Ramsar wetland, a Provincially Significant Wetland and a Provincially Significant Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.
Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area
The Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area is part of the Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests region, which occurs as a narrow band stretching from the central shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, across the north shore of Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River corridor into Quebec and northern New York State.
Gervais Caves, Ottawa River Valley
Did you know that Ottawa River Valley is home to the longest underwater cave system in Canada? Beneath the surface of the Ottawa River lies a subterranean wonderland seldom seen by the human eye – the Ottawa River Caves. The labyrinth measures over 10 kilometres in length and runs under several islands throughout the Ottawa River – including a four-kilometre section on the Ontario side of the river known as the Gervais Caves.
Backus Woods and the Weston Family Trail
In 2010, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), with the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, successfully conserved Backus Woods, a spectacular older-growth Carolinian forest.
Amazing sand beaches, stunning sunsets and the calming sounds of waves lapping on a forested shoreline: these are just some of the spectacular features of Wilson Island.
In 2008, the Nature Conservancy of Canada protected 1,100 acres (445 hectares) on the Frontenac Arch: the Elbow Lake project. The land is in the very heart of one of the critical acquisition zones identified in the Frontenac Arch Natural Area Conservation Plan.
The Powder Islands are located less than one kilometre off the coast of Lake Superior near Rossport in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. These two islands are almost completely forested, supporting bald eagles and rare Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
Scheck Nature Reserve
The Scheck Nature Reserve near Newburgh, Ontario spans more than 175 acres (70 hectares) of globally rare habitat that is of critical importance for the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike, an unusual songbird dependent on open grasslands.
North Bear Alvar
Situated just east of Orillia in central Ontario, North Bear Alvar is a 787-acre (318-hectare) expanse of globally rare alvar habitat and an important part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's growing network of conservation lands on the Carden Alvar.
Menzel Centennial Park, Napanee Plain, ON
Carden Alvar, ON
Frontenac Arch, ON
Maitland River Valley Natural Area, Ontario