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Help us expand Lost Bay Nature Reserve and create a new nature reserve on Gananoque Lake!

Gananoque Lake © Caroline Schultz

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Ontario Nature has an incredible opportunity to protect three properties totaling 169 hectares (417 acres) of prime habitat in the globally important Frontenac Arch area of eastern Ontario.  

Scarlet tanager © Bill McDonald


The Frontenac Arch is one of the most biodiverse regions in Canada. Here, the Canadian Shield from the Algonquin Highlands meets the Adirondack Mountains from the south, forming part of the ancient backbone of eastern North America.

With extensive shoreline, granite ridges, rich hardwood forest and provincially significant wetlands, this landscape supports a richness of species.  

This area has become a special place of refuge for species that are highly endangered elsewhere in Ontario, like cerulean warbler and gray ratsnake. The shorelines, wetlands and vernal pools provide a nursery habitat for a variety of aquatic species. These properties are also home to many rare and imperiled species such as Blanding’s turtle, flooded jelly lichen, American eel and butternut.

Paddling Gananoque Lake © Caroline Schultz

Nature Corridor

Securing these three properties is critical to protecting a connected core of habitat for migrating birds, insects and animals with large home ranges, such as moose, wolves, fisher, and black bear. 

Relatively untouched by the development that characterizes much of southern Ontario, this area represents some of the best remaining forest, shoreline and wetland habitat we have left.  

Ada and Joel Farber

“It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy that we can be sure this land with its thriving life will be preserved for the future.” Ada and Joel Farber 

Read a message from the Farbers, who have generously donated land which will be added to our Lost Bay Nature Reserve. 

How You Can Help

Ontario Nature urgently needs to raise $700,000 to expand our Lost Bay Nature Reserve and create a new nature reserve on Gananoque Lake. You can help by making a gift today.  

Your gift will allow Ontario Nature to protect these properties forever, and provide for the long-term management of critical wetlands, shoreline and interior forests. Thank you!  

Please contact Kate Douglas at 1-416-444-8419 x 233 to learn more. You can also donate online or send in a cheque marked “Frontenac Arch properties”. 

Baneberry flowers and ferns, Gananoque Lake © Caroline Schultz