West Lookout Island Reserve

Status: Open

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.

 31 acres (12.5 hectares)
Location: Pointe au Baril
Year Acquired: 2002 & 2005


Cathy McKeever – Lead Steward
Robert Murray
Jane Glassco
Sheila Catto

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, the Reserve has over 5 kms of shoreline. One of the islands has a number of ancient geological potholes. Only a few scattered shoals and islands separate this property from open Georgian Bay, exposing the flora and fauna that inhabit the property to the extreme weather conditions of Georgian Bay. Despite these conditions, the property supports a variety of flora and fauna, including more than 115 plant species. A variety of Georgian Bay’s famous reptiles inhabit this property, due to its high quality open rock barrens and protected wetlands.