Ottawa Valley (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Ottawa Valley (Photo by Mike Dembeck)


  • Kenauk, Quebec (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
    Kenauk - Saumon (Kinonge) river valley, Montebello: Perspectives on a natural historical treasure

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Kenauk Institute are partnering in a unique campaign to protect the world's largest temperate forest in Kenauk, located between Gatineau and Montreal.

  • Wetland and forest protected by NCC in Bristol, Quebec (Photo by NCC)
    Protecting the wetlands and forests in the Bristol and Clarendon lowlands

    Since 2004, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been investing in the conservation of two priority areas in the Ottawa Valley: Bristol and Clarendon. These areas include large tracts of wetlands, forests and unspoiled shorelines, as well as some of the most beautiful alvars in Quebec. Thanks to the participation of several partners, NCC now protects more than 2,500 hectares (6,177 acres) of high ecological value.

  • Kettle Island, Outaouais (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
    Kettle Island Nature Reserve

    Kettle Island is the third-largest island in the Ottawa River, after Île aux Allumettes and Grand-Calumet. NCC acquired 98 per cent of the island’s surface area in 2007, following a donation of land through the Canadian Ecological Gifts Program.

  • Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)
    Blanding’s turtle in the Ottawa Valley

    Recently, teams were deployed in the field to attempt to spot or confirm the presence of Blanding’s turtles in areas of the Outaouais that had not yet been surveyed.

  • Leopard frog (Photo courtesy of Peter Kelly and rare Charitable Research Reserve)
    The star of the wetlands expands its kingdom in the Outaouais

    Ecological indicator: a prestigious title! It says: I, the frog, am living here because it's a healthy environment. That's what the frogs living on the 200 hectares of newly protected land by NCC in Cantley and Val-des-Monts are telling us.

  • Blanding's Turtle (Photo by NCC)
    Expanding “the green lung of the Outaouais”

    Nicknamed "the green lung of the Outaouais”, Gatineau Park is part of an ecological corridor in the Outaouais region of Quebec. The region is known for its forest and wetland habitats that span the Ottawa Valley north of Gatineau, providing clean air, abundant greenery and undisturbed habitats.

  • Blanding's turtle (Photo by NCC)
    Blanding’s turtle and beaver homes

    Understanding the needs of certain species allows us to find solutions that are often more effective than trying to combat their behaviour. Here is an example with an iconic animal that not everyone agrees on: the beaver!

  • Rivière Rouge property, QC (Photo by John Berryman)
    Harrington: Ottawa couple protects nine kilometres on Rivière Rouge

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has received a generous gift of land that expands a key wilderness corridor between Ottawa and Montreal.

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