Misty morning on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)

Misty morning on the Frontenac Arch, ON (Photo by NCC)

Natural Areas

  • Bobolink, Prairie Smoke Nature Reserve, Carden Alvar, ON (Photo by NCC)
    Carden Alvar Natural Area

    Located northeast of Lake Simcoe, the Carden Alvar supports some of the highest quality and most extensive alvar habitat on the planet within a mosaic of grassland, wetland, and forest.
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  • Stunning Georgian Bay landscape, Ontario (Photo by Ethan Meleg)
    Eastern Georgian Bay Coast Natural Area

    The windswept Eastern Georgian Bay Coast Natural Area is one of North America's most exquisite and distinctive landscapes. The high biodiversity values inherent to this area make it a top conservation priority.
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  • The five-lined skink, Ontario's only lizard species (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton)
    Essex Forests and Wetlands Natural Area

    Located in the southwest corner of Ontario lies a rich collection of Carolinian forests, wetlands, prairies and Lake Erie shoreline. NCC’s Essex Forests and Wetlands Natural Area is an area of important biodiversity bordered by Lake Erie to the south, the Detroit River to the west and Lake St. Clair to the north.
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  • Misty morning on the Frontenac Arch, Ontario (Photo by NCC)
    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.
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  • Red eft in Happy Valley Forest (Photo by NCC)
    Happy Valley Forest – Pottageville Swamp Natural Area

    Surrounded by the growing metropolis of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in southern Ontario, Happy Valley Forest – Pottageville Swamp is a natural oasis with vast ecological, historical and cultural importance.
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  • Maitland River, ON (Photo by NCC)
    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.
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  • Southern Manitoulin Island coast, Ontario (Photo by NCC)
    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.
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  • Hine's emerald dragonfly at Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Chris Evans)
    Minesing Wetlands

    Located 15 kilometres west of Barrie lies one of the largest and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. Comprising approximately 27,025 acres (10,937 hectares) of wetlands, fields and forests, the Minesing Wetlands are often referred to as the “Everglades of the North.”
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  • Moira River, Napanee Plain Natural Area, Ontario (Photo by NCC)
    Napanee Plain Natural Area

    The Napanee Plain Natural Area is a 439,848-acre (178,142-hectare) complex of wetlands, forests, lakes, grasslands and alvars. One of North America's great limestone plain landscapes, the Napanee Plain is a place where grassland birds thrive within one of the Great Lakes region's rarest ecosystems.
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  • Sunset at Hay Bay, Ontario (Photo by Ethan Meleg)
    Northern Bruce Peninsula Natural Area

    World-renowned for its diversity of orchids and ferns, the Northern Bruce Peninsula is one of the best hotspots for biodiversity in the Great Lakes.
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  • Waves crash on the northwestern Lake Superior Coast, Ontario (Photo by John Anderson)
    Northwestern Lake Superior Coast Natural Area

    The northwestern shores of Lake Superior are a unique landscape and an important area for Great Lakes biodiversity as well as part of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
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  • Moose and her calf (Photo courtesy of Wild for Wildlife and Nature)
    Rainy Lake to Lake of the Woods

    The Rainy Lake to Lake of the Woods Natural Area is the largest Natural Area in Ontario, spanning approximately 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) and containing more than 16,000 islands. It is situated in the northwest of the province, approximately 300 kilometres from Thunder Bay.
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  • Webber Vista, Rice Lake Plains, Ontario (Photo by NCC)
    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
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  • Prothonotary warbler (Photo by Bill Hubick)
    Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area

    Norfolk County is a biodiversity hotspot and part of the Carolinian Life Zone; a unique ecosystem that extends northward from the Carolinas to its northern most point in southwestern Ontario.
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  • Shore of the Middle Point Woods property, Pelee Island, Ontario (Photo by Sam Brinker, OMNR)
    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
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