Bruce Trail Conservancy Donors are Making Conservation a Reality

Over 326 acres of Niagara Escarpment land have been recently preserved thanks to the generosity and commitment of Bruce Trail Conservancy donors.

Spanning the Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory the Bruce Trail is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people annually. For decades, thousands of BTC donors have committed to preserving and conserving the Bruce Trail's Conservation Corridor to ensure the Niagara Escarpment's precious ecological systems thrive and people can explore and cherish nearby nature.  

Understanding the importance of protecting the land we love to explore, donors answered the call and now the Bruce Trail Conservancy is able to add three new nature reserves to the Bruce Trail's growing Conservation Corridor, creating greater connectivity of green space and a natural oasis in an increasingly developed Southern Ontario.

The three new nature reserves include:

  • Kemble Rock Nature Reserve (Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail): Spanning 200 acres this important acquisition includes steep craggy cliffs, a large active wetland and monarch butterfly habitat. It lies within the Kemble Forest Regional Life Science area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).

  • Ancient Beach Nature Reserve (Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail): This 58 acre nature reserve near the shores of Georgian Bay features a significant glacial beach bar, upland meadows and a mature forest.

  • Dunedin Ravine Nature Reserve (Blue Mountains section of the Bruce Trail): At 68.5 acres the ravine formed by this tributary of the Noisy River is an important natural area for many Species at Risk.

Funding for these acquisitions was contributed by Bruce Trail Conservancy donors, including a large bequest from Gerda Tismer. In addition, a grant from the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program Acquisition contributed to the acquisition of Dunedin Ravine Nature Reserve.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is now responsible for the preservation of almost 11,000 acres of land.  A registered charity, the Bruce Trail Conservancy is one of Ontario's largest land trusts, and its work in conserving and preserving Escarpment land is increasingly urgent.
"As our population and its impact on our natural spaces grows, our work to preserve and secure the Niagara Escarpment's irreplaceable landscape grows in importance.  This year we're celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Bruce Trail. Our vision of a protected Escarpment landscape that allows ecosystems to flourish and people to enjoy the benefits of these natural lands, remains as much our focus today and into the future as it was 50 years ago" said Beth Gilhespy, Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.  


For more information or images, please contact:
Marsha Russell
Director of Communications and Fund Development
The Bruce Trail Conservancy
905-529-6821 ext. 251