Protect Malcolm Bluff Shores
Thanks to you, Ontario Nature’s campaign to purchase Malcolm Bluff Shores, now our second largest nature reserve, was a success. Three years ago, Ontario Nature and the Bruce Trail Conservancy joined forces to launch an ambitious initiative to save an ecologically important area from development. Many individuals, foundations and organizations gave generously in support of this effort.
Located some 40 kilometres north of Owen Sound, Malcolm Bluff Shores is one of the largest unprotected expanses of woodland on the Niagara Escarpment. The 423-hectare biodiversity hotspot includes four kilometres of Georgian Bay shoreline, wetlands, woodlands, uplands, escarpment and cliff face. The varied landscape is home to a rich diversity of rare and edge-sensitive species. Ancient cedars cling to the cliff face that are hundreds, some possibly a thousand, years old.
A four-kilometre section of the Bruce Trail crosses along the top of the escarpment making it a great place to appreciate our natural heritage and connect with nature. The views of the lower portion of the property, and of Georgian Bay, from this section of the Bruce Trail are truly stunning. We encourage you to see it for yourself by visiting the property.
Ontario Nature and BTC now share the responsibility of stewarding the property. Planning is already underway to create new trails on the property so that the public can explore this extraordinary landscape without damaging sensitive flora and fauna.