Driftwood Cove and Bruce Trail protected through collaboration
Bruce Peninsula National Park (CNW Group/Parks Canada)
Thanks to a collaboration between the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Parks Canada, eight kilometres of the Bruce Trail, along with 1,324 hectares (3,272 acres) of Niagara Escarpment wilderness, is now protected for the long term. Known as Driftwood Cove, this rare natural gem is located on the internationally significant Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. With breathtaking rock formations, vast forests, 6.5 kilometres of rocky shoreline and beaches, Driftwood Cove is the type of wilderness landscape that draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the peninsula every year.
The Saugeen Bruce Peninsula is shaped by water. It forms the boundary between Georgian Bay and the main basin of Lake Huron. Thirteen per cent of the northern portion of the peninsula is classified as wetland, including fens, meadow marshes and other types. As part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula was formed by retreating glaciers, giving it a unique and stunning landscape.
This area contains some of the most diverse and biologically rich ecosystems in the Great Lakes. From globally rare alvars, to mature cedar forests, the area is home to 11 globally rare species, such as lakeside daisy and eastern massasauga rattlesnake. The area is also world-renowned for its orchids, such as eastern prairie white-fringed orchid and ram's-head lady's-slipper.
This ecologically important area has long been a conservation priority, not only for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), but also for our partners. The acquisition of Driftwood Cove will expand Bruce Peninsula National Park, and eight kilometres of the Bruce Trail will continue to pass through the area and connect people to the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment.
NCC would like to congratulate the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Parks Canada for their protection of Driftwood Cove. Together we can create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes.