Each year the Bruce Trail Conservancy spends from $1 to $2 million on purchases of land, preserving hundreds of acres of the Niagara Escarpment.
As one of Ontario's largest land trusts, we have been responsible for the preservation of 10,000 acres of land since 1974. We continue to care for over 9,100 acres through our Land Stewardship program.
We have protected a diverse array of landscape types within the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, including wetlands, karst topography, open meadows, caves, towering scarp edges and lush forests.
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to our land aquisition campaigns and helped to preserve these irreplacable treasures.
Take a look at some of our some of our newly protected properties along the Niagara Escarpment
Lower Valley Road Nature Reserve:
Lower Valley Road Nature Reserve is a rugged and scenic stretch of land boasting a naturalizing orchard meadow, a rich, thriving wetland that feeds the Boyne River, high hog's back side-slopes and, most notably, a beautiful and extensive maturing hardwood forest.
It now contributes to a 13 km corridor of permanently secured Bruce Trail in the southern end of the Beaver Valley.
Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve:
|SC Johnson Nature Reserve at Walter's Creek:
Sydenham, 16.5 acres, 500 m of Bruce Trail
Highlights: Walter's Creek, a cold water stream that provides habitat for Rainbow and Brook Trout
Sydenham, 200 acres
Beaver Valley, 24 acres
Duntroon Crevice Heights
Blue Mountains, 7.7 acres
Songbird Nature Reserve
|Cedar Springs Woods
Burlington, Iroquoia - 10 acres
A critical acquisition, this wedge
of the Escarpment is graced with
two majestic stands of trees that
provide refuge for birds and
other wildlife. The southeast
expanse is an open woodland of
impressive Black Walnut, considerable
stands of which are
uncommon in Southern Ontario.
Epping, Beaver Valley - 74 acres
A disappearing entity, this
large and lively wetland
consists of meadow
marsh of reed-canary
grass and cattails. It is
home to the Yellowspotted
Wood and Blanding's turtles
and Spring Peepers.
Kimberley, Beaver Valley - 57 acres
Cascading springs pour into lush,
fern laden wetlands, all coalescing into
energetic Bill's Creek, which tumbles
down the Escarpment slope to join
the Beaver River.
Kolopore, Beaver Valley - 128 acres
This stunning reserve will give
geology buffs the opportunity to
explore a unique piece of
Escarpment dolostone up close.
The Rock itself is a geological
textbook holding prehistoric
wonders. Conserving this beautiful
property will add 1.5 km of
secured Bruce Trail to our
Malcolm Bluff Shores
Boyne River School Property