The GBLT Protected Properties
The GBLT protects 59 properties encompassing more than 7,300 acres of essential wilderness land along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and the North Channel.
Many of these properties are accessible for enjoyment and appreciation by the public while other properties have restricted usage or are not publicly accessible because of environmental sensitivities.
See below for visiting guidelines and click on the property links for full information about each.
Natural areas (green) – Managed to protect unique natural features and also to provide quiet, low-impact, nature-based activities like picnicking, swimming and hiking. These properties typically have a history of use. All visitors are required to follow the best practices outlined in the GBLT Visitors’ Guide and to watch for “Ecologically Sensitive Area” signs and avoid use of those areas.
Preserves (yellow) – Managed to protect more fragile ecosystems. Visiting occurs through appointment or by a phone call to a GBLT Stewardship manager. This contact information is on the GBLT website. Regular staff- or volunteer-guided educational nature walks are advertised and are conducted on a rotational basis on these GBLT properties.
Critical reserves (red) – These are properties that are better left alone due to fragile ecosystems that could be threatened by the slightest human impact. Public access is not allowed at these properties except for occasional visits by volunteer stewards or staff for monitoring purposes.
Conservation easements – These are properties whose ownership have NOT transferred to the GBLT; this land has been set aside and will not be developed or disturbed. Since they are still owned by private individuals, these properties are not open to public use.