The following are interim guidelines applicable to all nature reserves until such time as Management Plans are developed for nature reserves. It is understood that Management Plans will set out permitted and non-permitted activities taking into account the specific goals, attributes and circumstances of each nature reserve.
Use of motorized vehicles other than in designated areas when used for such purposes as maintenance, service, emergencies or handicapped access
Removal of native vegetation, animal, rock and mineral materials
Harassment of wildlife
Trimming of vegetation except for approved trail development or maintenance
Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve hike
Ontario Nature, when considering the approval of such activities will consult with the appropriate staff including the Executive Director; consult with and/or inform local naturalist clubs, stewardship groups, and Ontario Nature directors.
Non-permitted activities are occasionally approved when the activity pre-dates Ontario Nature ownership of the property, continuation of the activity builds community support for protection efforts, and the activity does not have a detrimental impact on the natural values of the reserve.
Ontario Nature is a charity that has been protecting wild species and wild spaces through education, conservation and public engagement since 1931. We are there when nature needs us most.
Ontario Nature Reserves have reopened. Please maintain physical distancing and be safe.
Since our Nature Reserves were closed as a public health measure to prevent transmission of COVID-19, we have been assessing the trails and will be resuming maintenance when we are permitted to do so. Use of our trails is at your own risk.
We want you to be safe. Please follow current advice of health and government officials. Please practice good hand hygiene, keep your distance from others and avoid touching surfaces such as signs, gates and railings.