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We finally got it!

Heaven's Gate Nature Reserve is now protected forever!

Thanks to all our supporters along Southern and Northern Ontario, EBC will be the guardian of this piece of heaven on Earth

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Heaven's Gate in the La Cloche Mountains

This 1,984-acre site is right between Killarney Park and La Cloche Park. It joins EBC's Red Deer Village Trail and Willisville Mt. Nature Reserves and to La Cloche Park and is a canoe ride across a lake into Killarney. With 12 species at risk in the immediate area, two mountains and part of a third, three lakes, a site used frequently by the Group of Seven because of its iconic Canadian look, a crucial part of the magnificent Heaven's Gate Trail, under imminent threat of development; your help is needed now to conserve this land. Contribute and the site will be preserved. Contribute and two parks will be brought together into a conservation area over 80 km across.


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View from the Heaven's Gate trail looking south in 2018. Manitoulin Island in the distance. Canada at its very best!

The protection of this area will bridge the gap between important conserved areas

Heaven's Gate Locator Map


The view in 1906. A symbolic part of the Canadian Shield in Ontario.

La Cloche Mountains now

The view of the Heaven's Gate in the La Cloche Mountains today.

Acting now, we can preserve this breathtaking place forever!

Why is it so important?

To remove threats of:

Quarry - The hills are quartzite. Some feel their 'highest and best use' is for refining flux in metal refineries around the world or as construction aggregate in roads and cities in the Great Lakes area

Housing - There is a shore subdivision to the south. Homes up the slope to get views are possible.

Forestry - The area was logged a century ago and there are people who feel it is time to cut them again. Much of the soil was eroded with the first cutting. The little that is left and the wildlife habitat would be gone with a second.

To protect and preserve:

Species at risk - There are at least 12 including Algonquin (Eastern) Wolf, Peregrine Falcon, Whip-poor-will, Snapping Turtle, Bald Eagle, Eastern Meadowlark, Blandings Turtle, Monarch Butterfly, Red-headed Woodpecker, Canada Warbler.

Culture - Five of the Group of Seven visited and painted from here. Their paintings are safe in museums. It is time to protect the original.

To ensure that it is there for wildlife, you, and all generations to come. A symbol of the land's strength. An ancient place where humankind can find peace and purpose.

Where is Heaven's Gate?

How can I help?


I would like a Canadian tax receipt for my donation:

Make a donation via Canada Helps
(all donations will receive a charitable tax receipt)

Donate Now on Canada Helps

Or make a pledge to support La Cloche Mountains Campaign:

  1. Download the Pledge Form (in your computer as pdf)
  2. Open and complete the form with your contact details and the amount you pledge to provide (either as one payment or spread over two years)
  3. Save and send your Pledge Form pdf as an attachment to tcowan@escarpment.ca 

 Canadian Pledge Form

I would like my donation to be deductible in the U.S.:

Make a donation online through American Friends of Canadian Conservation using your credit card or PayPal.

Send a check (in U.S. funds) to:

American Friends of Canadian Conservation

            336 36th Street #717

            Bellingham WA 98225

Together with your completed Grant recommendation - click here!

Or make a pledge (click green button below) to support La Cloche Mountains Campaign:

  • Download the American Friends of Canadian Conservation Pledge Form
  • Complete the form with your contact details and the amount of your pledge
  • Email it to tassel@conservecanada.org or send it by mail to the address above

When the total funds promised are sufficient, donors will be notified and their pledged gift requested.

US Pledge Form

The Ojibwe name is Kitchitwaa Shkwandem. It means 'Gateway to Heaven' or 'Spiritual Way'. Don't let this be the last generation to walk Heaven's Gate.

Heaven's Gate Trail

Near the west end of the Heaven's Gate trail. 

Heaven's Gate Prospectus

Get the pdf prospectus here!

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