What We Do
The future well being of Georgian Bay depends on preserving and protecting undeveloped land. Since its first donation 1991, GBLT has grown to steward 51 properties along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron. We protect more than 1,600 acres of land through ownership or easement, and the incredible range of biodiversity and wildlife habitat that this area supports.
The Changing Face of the Bay
The growing pressure on Georgian Bay’s natural environment is critical. Georgian Bay is only an hour and a half away from one of North America’s largest cities. This pressure will only intensify as Ontario adds 3.7 million people to its population in the next 20 years.
Land is being quickly turned from its natural state to make way for golf courses, condominiums, commercial centres, residences and new cottages. Roadways and cleared land have cut the natural landscape into smaller and smaller patches of unprotected private land.
Dredging, climate change, municipal pipelines and increased recreation activity have likewise put enormous stress on Georgian Bay’s water systems — resulting in falling water levels and reduced water quality.
The loss of land eliminates critical habitat for countless unique species and area-sensitive wildlife — many now listed as threatened, at risk or even endangered.
Protection and preservation needs to be immediate. GBLT works to make sure that this land and its ecosystems remain productive and unspoiled.