Manitoulin Island


Cup and Saucer – Acquired by EBC in 1999

EBC took an interest in protecting Manitoulin Island at the very beginning. The Niagara Escarpment extends onto Manitoulin Island before it loops around back down through Wisconsin. Unfortunately, Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment Plan and the official UNESCO World Biosphere designation stops at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Tobermory. EBC recognized the need for protection of this natural geological feature and so we started out work with the purchase of the Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve. This reserve is beautiful with Escarpment features, amazing views and adventure trails for those interested in exploring this amazing place. Our work on Manitoulin has expanded to protect significant alvar features, Lake Huron shoreline, wetlands and lakes. We have extensive trails on many of these nature reserves and all are welcome!


Barney Lake

Our Barney Lake Nature Reserve includes both an inland lake and the shores of Lake Huron!

The Bruce Peninsula is known as a biodiversity hot spot among nature enthusiasts in Ontario. It has the Niagara Escarpment along its eastern shores and alvar, rocky shorelines to the west. These features along with the lake influence make the Bruce Peninsula an ideal habitat for several species both plants and animals. The Bruce Peninsula has several species at risk including snakes, plants and turtles and it is a hot spot for orchids. While some of our nature reserves in this area are not open to the public, we have chosen a few and developed trails on them for the public to enjoy. These trails showcase the beauty of the area including pristine Lake Huron shore, alvars and wetlands. The remainder of Bruce county includes nature reserves along Lake Huron and along rivers throughout Bruce County



The Heathcote-Kritsch Nature Reserve right in the centre of town follows the meandering Beaver River.

Grey County includes the Niagara Escarpment, Georgian Bay and a large network of rivers, wetlands and forests associated with the Saugeen Valley and Sauble River watersheds.


Stephens Nature Reserve

The Stephens Nature Reserve follows the Mad River in the heart of Glencairn. Walk part of the Ganaraska Trail along this nature reserve!

EBC’s southern range begins in Caledon and ranges up through Orangeville and into Simcoe County. Many of these nature reserves have trails on them and we invite all to explore!