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Ellie’s Lookout

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info Ellie’s Lookout is a beautiful 0.5 acre island in the Manitou community, near the mouth of Twelve Mile Bay. It is situated in an island chain that provides habitat for a number of at-risk species, including the Five-lined Skink, Northern Map Turtle, and Eastern Foxsnake. Bald Eagles and Monarch Butterflies have been documented visiting the island, and it is likely that other migratory species use this habitat as a nesting or…

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Thomson Reserve

With the current exception of A499 and A516 (see below), this property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. While there are still buildings on the recently donated cottage islands (A499 and A516), we need to ask that visitors to Thomson please not land on A499 or A516 – however the other sections of the property are open to visitors. Property Info The Thomson Reserve is a combination of both islands and mainland located just inside the Nares Inlet community. The first…

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Umbrella Island

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info This 4 hectare island is the largest in a series of outlying islands in the Sans Souci area. The island is dominated by Precambrian bedrock substrates with wave-washed shores. Shrub swales are found in depressions and along protected shores while higher ground is characterized by White Pine, White Cedar and a mix of shrubs and herbaceous cover. This island, like other outlying islands, is unique in its exposure to extreme wind…

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West Lookout Island Reserve

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info West Lookout Island Reserve is a 12.5 ha reserve that includes two donations of land, Mackenzie Point which was originally donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and then transferred to the GBLT in 2002, and an additional gift of 8.5 ha that was also donated to NCC and then transferred to GBLT in 2005 Comprising 3 small islands and all of the west side of the much larger Lookout Island,…

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Sandy Island

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info Sandy Island is one of the most ecologically significant privately owned islands in Georgian Bay, providing the only representation of biophysical unit VIIa-5 (weakly broken bare bedrock plain – lacustrine sand). Sandy’s unusual geographical characteristics provide habitat for a number of vegetation communities and species with southern affinities. This includes Red Oak – Beech forests virtually unknown elsewhere on Georgian Bay, and an unusual and dense understory of Canada Yew. Other…

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Southeast Wooded Pine Island

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info The dog ban on South-East Wooded Pine has been lifted. Dogs are now welcome in compliance with general visitor guidelines – make sure to keep an eye on your dog, be courteous to wildlife and other visitors, and pick up all waste. South-East Wooded Pine is one of several outlying islands that the Georgian Bay Land Trust has helped to protect. The island is characterized by a small stand of the…

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The Lizard

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info The Lizard Island is a uniquely shaped island found on the western edge of the Cognashene community. For its small size, approximately 1 hectare, it provides habitat for a great diversity of species, including more than 105 plant species. The island is primarily open bedrock with several depressions and large crevices where rainwater collects and a variety of wetland species flourish. As a result, despite the small size of the island,…

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McGregor Bay – La Cloche Mountains

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info   Located just west of Killarney Provincial Park, the McGregor Bay – La Cloche Mountains property consists of a larger mainland portion and a small island. Both contain high quality habitat for several at-risk species, including Bald Eagle, Monarch Butterfly, Northern Map Turtle, and Algonquin Wolf. The largely undeveloped nature of the Killarney area makes it one of the few places in Ontario where Algonquin Wolves are reliably seen outside of…

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Oldfield Lake Reserve

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info Oldfield Lake Reserve is the Georgian Bay Land Trust’s second largest property, covering approximately 100 hectares. At one time heavily logged and threatened by road development, the securement of this property by the GBLT has ensured its protection and the restoration of many species. This property protects some critically important habitat in the interior portion of the eastern Georgian Bay coast. Many of the vegetation communities within the reserve are underrepresented…

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Manitou Dock Island

This property is open for the public to enjoy and appreciate. Before visiting, please review the GBLT Visitor Guidelines for maintaining the environmental integrity of the property. Property Info Although small in size, this property helps to protect one of the most historically significant docking sites along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay. Remnants of the docking cribs can still be found along the shoreline. In addition to the historical significance, the property includes small examples of representative vegetation community types ranging from White Cedar forest to small coastal meadow marsh pockets. Stories On the earliest National Geographic Society maps…

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