Help create these two nature reserves and support our vital programs to preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever.
Your gift will not only help acquire these 135 acres, but will also support the stewardship of the land into the future, the maintenance of a safe footpath through them, and the critical programs that bring us ever closer to acheiving our vision of the entire Bruce Trail secured within a permanently protected natural corridor along the Niagara Escarpment.
Learn about these important acquisitions below.
Valley East Nature Reserve
Beaver Valley Section
670 m Bruce Trail Optimum Route
Valley East Nature Reserve is a beautiful property north of Eugenia in the heart of the Beaver Valley. The Bruce Trail has passed through its 36 acres for many years, thanks to the generous permission of the landowners. Hikers have enjoyed its rolling terrain and expansive views across the valley.
Protecting this land will secure over half a kilometre of Bruce Trail and keep it off a busy stretch of highway. Plus, the dense, mature forests of Valley East Nature Reserve will provide protected habitat for many of our treasured Niagara Escarpment species including Butternut, Bulblet Fern and the provincially rare Wood Thrush.
Protecting Valley East Nature Reserve will grow our conservation impact in the Beaver Valley – expanding a string of properties directly to the south already preserved by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Together with Valley East, they will secure nearly 5 continuous kilometres of Bruce Trail and preserve 162 acres in perpetuity.
Cape Chin Woods Nature Reserve
410 m Bruce Trail Optimum Route
Cape Chin Woods Nature Reserve lies on the Bruce Peninsula, near the popular Devil’s Monument rock formation. Preserving its 100 acres of relatively untouched forest will save this area from future development and will benefit local wildlife including the small population of Black Bears on the Bruce Peninsula. While the Bruce Trail does not yet go through Cape Chin Woods, the creation of Cape Chin Woods Nature Reserve will bring us one step closer to removing nearly 2 km of Bruce Trail from road in the area.