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 now owns and manages more than 200 properties across Ontario, protecting more than 67,000 acres (27,000 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.
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.
Sharing great science from the Great Lakes
Learn more about the recently completed biodiversity conservation strategies through the Great Lakes Water Quality agreement between NCC and TNC.
Take Time for Nature: Winter birding
Winter offers some unique opportunities to get outdoors and is an ideal time for bird watching. Make the most of your bird watching adventures as a family.
The elusive wildlife of the Carden Alvar
Go on a wildlife exhibition in the Carden Alvar with Kristyn Ferguson, program manager, Georgian Bay-Huronia). Enjoy her tales of close encounters with nature.
Artist spotlight on Aleta Karstad
Artist Aleta Karstad and her biologist husband, Fred Schueler, visited, painted and surveyed the Frontenac Arch during their two-week excursion in September. NCC talks with Aleta about this pilot project.
Legacy of love
Many fathers instill in their children a love of sports. Clarence Smith instilled a love of nature in his five daughters. Before his passing in October 2011 at the tree-like age of 104, Clarence Smith was an active naturalist who owned natural habitat adjacent to Minesing Wetlands. Smith owned 180 acres (73 hectares) of significant natural habitat next to the 10,000-acre (4,046-hectare) wetland located west of Barrie and north of County Road 90. To honour Clarence Smith’s legacy and pay tribute to his environmental vision, his five daughters donated his land.
A conservation assessment for Lake Superior
There is an almost unfathomable amount of freshwater in Lake Superior. With more water than all the other Great Lakes combined and 10 percent of all the Earth’s surface freshwater, its volume could cover our entire continent under one foot of water. It is also a lake of extraordinary biodiversity.
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.
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