See Our Preserves
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 Preserves. 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!).
Caledon to Cremore
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 preserves have trails on them and we invite all to explore!
Photo shows the Stephens Nature Preserve on the Mad River in the heart of Glencairn.
Walk part of the Ganaraska Trail along this nature reserve!
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 preserves right on the Bruce Trail, one of the most scenic and visited trails in Canada.
Photo shows the Heathcote-Kritsch Nature Preserve following the meandering Beaver River right through the centre of town.
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 preserves 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 preserves along the Lake Huron shore and rivers throughout Bruce County.
Photo is of our Barney Lake Nature Preserve which includes an inland lake. Follow the nearby trails & our preserve on the shores of Lake Huron!
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 Preserve. This preserve 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.
In the last 5 years, EBC has secured the protection of large wildland areas such as Willisville Mountain, Heaven's Gate, Michael's Bay, Lake Wolsey and other nature preserves. We have just updated our trail maps and all are welcome to visit them!
View Manitoulin Preserves