Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast
Lake Winnipeg sunrise. Photo by NCC.
Deadline extended to help protect the Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast!
Known for its beautiful beaches, shallow, warm waters and shoreline forests, Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba’s greatest natural resources. But the love of the lake is also one of its biggest challenges, with increasingly fragmented habitats and water quality issues that impact both species and people.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is excited to share an opportunity to help conserve some of this increasingly rare, intact shoreline and wetland habitat, and the plants and animals that rely on it, such as the at-risk piping plover and yellow rail.
It is critical that we conserve Lake Winnipeg’s undeveloped shoreline while we still can.
Breda Bay beach (Photo by NCC)
When NCC secured the Husavik Coastal Wetlands conservation project in 2019, it was only the second conservation area along the southwest coast of Lake Winnipeg. The Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast project, which includes Breda Bay and Siglavik Coastal Wetlands, is NCC’s first opportunity to conserve additional coastline along Lake Winnipeg.
Located near the community of Gimli, Manitoba, this 45-hectare (111-acre) project features a coastal wetlands, lakeshore ecosystems, and sandy and treed beach ridges.
A closer look
Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast Project Map.
The Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast project will make a direct impact on the lake’s current and future health.
Coastal wetlands, such as those on Breda Bay and Siglavik, provide significant breeding and migratory habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds. We also know that these coastal wetlands are crucial in the containment and filtration of important nutrients that would otherwise contribute to the degradation of the lake’s water quality.
Additionally, conserving the sandy and treed beach ridges of the Breda Bay Coastal Wetlands represents a unique opportunity to save an extremely rare forest type that makes up less than 0.2 per cent of the Interlake region.
We need to work fast to protect this undeveloped shoreline, protect these rare and important natural habitats, and help contribute to conserving Manitoba’s great lake.
Your support will substantially advance conservation along this shoreline by expanding the number of conservation areas on the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg, doubling the number of shoreline conservation areas south of Hecla Provincial Park from two to four.
As with all properties that NCC acquires, we will complete inventories of the Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast properties to fully understand their ecology and species. This will inform the identification of activities and strategies to guide how we will care for the lands moving forward.
Beach ridge forest on Breda Bay property (Photo by NCC)
Not only do these natural areas provide ecological benefits, but they also provide an essential tool for health promotion and well-being. Evidence shows that spending time in nature grows environmental stewards. Adults who care for nature most often attribute this to time spent in nature as a child.
With gratitude and respect, we acknowledge the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples as caregivers of Manitoba’s lands and waters. We look forward to engaging with these communities in discussions about ways that natural lands can continue to support the people and communities with whom they are intertwined.
We need your help!
Marsh on Siglavik property (Photo by NCC)
In a time when habitat loss, climate change and species extinction threaten our landscapes, connecting to nature is more important now than ever.
This is your chance to be a part of the conservation of these important places that provide a connection to the land today, and for tomorrow.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! NCC has extended our deadline to October 1, 2021 to raise $60,000 to purchase and care for Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast.
With your donation, we will continue to work with local communities, and manage the land and water for improved ecological health.
By protecting nature, you’re also protecting the benefits that it provides to people.
When nature thrives, we thrive.
Thank you to all the donors for their generous support. We have raised more than 86% of project costs but need your help in our final push to reach the fundraising goal of $440,000!
Help spread the news #LakeWinnipegSunriseCoast
What are your fondest memories of Lake Winnipeg? Using the hashtag #LakeWinnipegSunriseCoast, we invite you to share your Lake Winnipeg memories, old and new, to help build awareness and support our efforts for this project. This will also let your friends and family know that you support the increasingly rare, intact Lake Winnipeg shoreline and wetland habitat, and the plants and animals that also call it home.
Share your Lake Winnipeg memories with a photo, short video clip or a written comment.
Note: By sharing your Lake Winnipeg memories, you can help build awareness for this project. NCC may use this shared content in promotional materials.
NCC may direct all or a portion of gifts committed to this project to NCC's Stewardship Endowment Fund for Manitoba. Revenue generated by the Stewardship Endowment Fund provides for long-term management on properties across the province, including the Lake Winnipeg Sunrise Coast properties. In the event that this project becomes fully funded or cannot be carried out, your gift will be allocated to the next urgent priority in Manitoba.
If a U.S. tax deduction would be more advantageous, NCC works in partnership with a registered U.S. charity, American Friends of Canadian Nature, and we would be pleased to explore options with you.