Rose Island Nature 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.

 286 acres
Location: Carling Township
Year Acquired: 2020


Anne Arroe
David Burnes
Jim Campbell
Doug Cochrane
Phil Corke
Scott Ferrede
Jamey Fraser
Brian Fuller
Jean Fuller
Alison Hope
Anna Isakoff-Meller
Ed Labanowicz
Helen Latanowicz
Geoff Mitchinson
Laurie Ostrander
Jennifer Pasemko
Kate Rapson
Pim Van der Toorn
Rob van Reekum
Scott Scarrow
Linda Spremo
Patricia Whittington
Stephen Whittington

Property Info

The Rose Island Nature Reserve protects the remaining 286 undeveloped acres of the 400-acre Rose Island. The island contains some of the last remaining old-growth forest in Southern Ontario, and is one of the few places with highly diverse deciduous forest on the eastern Georgian Bay coast. Its sandy, glaciolacustrine soils are a rare remnant of glacial deposits in the region. The property also boasts 70 acres of very productive wetlands, including two large interior swamps and two coastal marshes. At least ten species at risk call Rose Island home, including the Monarch, Eastern Foxsnake, and Blanding’s Turtle. The island also serves as an important connection for many of the region’s animals.

Protection of the Rose Island Nature Reserve was made possible by the generosity of many supporters. The Government of Canada contributed funding through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada’s Nature Fund. Significant contributions were also made by the beneficiaries of the Estate of Rodney and Marian Watt (Valerie Zawilski, Rosalie Graham, Stephen Zawilski, and Catherine Svendsen), the MapleCross Fund, the McLean Foundation, and the Echo Foundation. We would also like to thank the local community for stepping up tremendously to provide the final resources necessary to make the Rose Island Nature Reserve a reality.