Our Nature Reserves

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy protects land throughout Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties, along the Niagara Escarpment all the way up the Bruce Peninsula onto Manitoulin Island, and along the Lake Huron shoreline. Approximately 55 of these protected conservation areas are privately owned. The rest are owned by us and treated as Nature Reserves. Most of these areas are publicly accessible, though some do not have trails, the public is encouraged to visit! Other areas are ecologically sensitive due to the species that occur on them or due to the fragility of a given ecosystem. For this purpose, we try to limit the amount of human disturbance that occurs on these sites.

Sorry ... no camping, no hunting, no fires, no motorized vehicles and no collecting (except great experiences!).

Browse our interactive map and explore our Nature Reserves across Ontario! Click on individual Nature Reserves to see a description of the property, how and when it was protected, images and video of what it looks like, and access information for those lands where visitors are welcome to explore.


If you need more information about how to use the map - Click here to see our user guide!

Caledon to Creemore

Harvey Reserve


EBC’s southern range begins in Caledon and ranges up through the headwaters and highlands of Orangeville and into Simcoe County.

Many of these nature reserves have trails on them and we invite all to explore!

Photo shows the Stephens Nature Reserve on the Mad River in the heart of Glencairn.

Walk part of the Ganaraska Trail along this nature reserve!

View Caledon to Creemore Reserves.

Grey County and Owen Sound


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

EBC has a number of reserves right on the Bruce Trail, one of the most scenic and visited trails in Canada.

Photo shows the Heathcote-Kritsch Nature Reserve following the meandering Beaver River right through the centre of town.

View Grey County and Owen Sound Reserves.

Bruce County and Huron Shore

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's influence, make the Bruce Peninsula an ideal habitat for several species of plants and animals. Species at risk include 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 developed trails on a few for the public to enjoy. These trails showcase the beauty of the area including pristine Lake Huron shore, alvars and wetlands. EBC also has nature reserves along the Lake Huron shore and rivers throughout Bruce County.

Photo is of our Barney Lake Nature Reserve which includes an inland lake. Follow the nearby trails & our reserve on the shores of Lake Huron!

View Bruce County and Huron Shore Reserves.


Bruce Hobson Reserve

Manitoulin Island and Sudbury

EBC took an interest in protecting Manitoulin Island at the very beginning. The Niagara Escarpment extends onto Manitoulin Island, then loops around back down through upper Michigan and Wisconsin. EBC recognized the need for protection of this natural geological feature. We started with the purchase of the Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve. This reserve is beautiful with Escarpment features, amazing views and an adventure trail 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. EBC is also working to protect the La Cloche/Killarney range of silica mountains as featured in our new Willisville Mountain Reserve on Highway 6. We have extensive trails on many of these nature reserves and all are welcome!

Photo is of the Cup and Saucer Trail – Acquired by EBC in 1999.

 View Manitoulin Reserves