Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

One of the last wild shorelines on Presqu’ile Bay protected for the long term

October 10, 2018


Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada partner to acquire rare Lake Ontario coastal wetland

Today, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), announced the protection of 93 hectares (231 acres) and 2.5 kilometres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline and coastal wetland near Brighton, Ontario.

An important stopover site for migratory birds on their long journeys, the Brighton Wetland is a large, intact, coastal wetland located near Presqu’ile Provincial Park. This unique habitat is also part of the Presqu’ile Bay Provincially Significant Wetland and the Presqu’ile Bay Important Bird Area.

Each year, tens of thousands of ducks and geese stop, rest and feed in the sheltered areas of Presqu’ile Bay. In the spring and summer, the wetlands are important nesting areas for wetland birds, such as endangered king rail and threatened least bittern. It is no wonder that the area is such a popular place for local and visiting birders.

This joint Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada project was generously supported by funding from the Government of Canada, through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. These funds were matched by a number of other donors, including the Municipality of Brighton, Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, Northumberland Land Trust, Lone Pine Land Trust as well as nature clubs and many individual donors.

Going forward, DUC and NCC will work together to manage this important natural area. First, they will carefully study the natural features of the property, and then put plans in place to care for them. The partners will also develop a visitor management plan to ensure the safe and sustainable enjoyment of this beautiful landscape for years to come.


“I want to thank our partners, the local community of Brighton and all of the donors who stepped up to help protect this important area. Intact wetlands along the shore of Lake Ontario are rare, so to be able to protect one is a great success for conservation. The Brighton Wetland project gives us hope that the landscapes we love today will be here for others to enjoy tomorrow.” ~ Wendy Cridland, Acting Regional Vice President, Ontario, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“The Brighton Wetland project is a great example of how we can work together to successfully protect Ontario’s critical coastal wetland habitats and maximize conservation gains. We're pleased to have the opportunity to help protect this important property for waterfowl, wildlife and the Brighton community, for years to come.” ~ Lynette Mader, Manager of Provincial Operations – Ontario, Ducks Unlimited Canada  

“On behalf of my colleague, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I want to congratulate the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and all their partners and donors for conserving this important habitat for migratory birds. Our government is proud to support this work thorough the Natural Areas Conservation Program to preserve wetlands and wildlife for generations to come.” Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South


  • Brighton Wetland is three kilometres from Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Northumberland County, Ontario.
  • Coastal wetlands play an important role in filtering water, mitigating floods and providing habitat for birds, fish, frogs, turtles and many other species — many of them at risk. They are also areas of great beauty and provide many recreational opportunities. 


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast, with more than 82,000 hectares (200,000 acres) in Ontario. To learn more, visit

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. To learn more, visit   

The Government of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) manages the program. Federal funds are matched by contributions raised by NCC and its partners. Habitat conserved under the NACP enhances natural corridors and other protected areas. 

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