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.
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.
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
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.
The view in 1906. A symbolic part of the Canadian Shield in Ontario.
The view of the Heaven's Gate in the La Cloche Mountains today.
Acting now, we can preserve this breathtaking place forever!