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Cape Chin

A historic protected natural area in the making

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We’re excited to introduce to you one of the most spectacular properties we’ve ever had the chance to preserve, Cape Chin Nature Reserve.

With 533 acres of iconic Bruce Peninsula landscape, a breathtaking 270-degree view of Georgian Bay, and 1.8 kilometers of the Bruce Trail’s Optimum Route, this is a natural masterpiece and a true conservation gem.

Cape Chin Nature Reserve represents the largest solo acquisition in Bruce Trail Conservancy history. And we want you to be a part of it!

Together we will:

  • Protect one of the last remaining large tracts of land on the Bruce Peninsula and avoid the fragmentation of critical forest and wetland habitats.
  • Save critical natural spaces for Species at Risk.
  • Restore overgrazed pasture lands, monitor wetlands, and remove invasive species.
  • Re-route the Bruce Trail to lay lightly on this land, offering a fantastic hiking experience for generations to come.

Stewarding and Restoring Cape Chin

Maintaining the ecological health of Cape Chin Nature Reserve will require careful stewarding and in some cases, active restoration. Plans are in place for:

  • Extensive native tree plantings to increase interior forest habitat for wildlife.
  • Rehabilitation of pasture lands with local native wildflower and grass species to increase habitat for pollinators and grass-nesting birds.
  • Species at Risk inventory.
  • Wetland monitoring, with specific attention to turtle populations.
  • Removal and control of invasive species.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has long recognized the incredible ecological value and recreational potential of Cape Chin. When the property became available on the open market, the need to preserve and protect these irreplaceable natural lands was urgent. The Bruce Trail Conservancy moved quickly to acquire the land so that this opportunity for conservation and environmentally responsible public access would not be lost.

Our land acquisition and stewardship successes are not possible without the generous support of our community.

We’ve had an incredible response to our campaign so far. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have raised 93% of the $4 million cost to acquire and restore the new Cape Chin Nature Reserve.

Your contribution can help take us the rest of the way there.

Won’t you join us and help make conservation history today?

Yes, I want to preserve Cape Chin Nature Reserve! >

 

If donations to Cape Chin Nature Reserve exceed the required funds, your donation will be used to secure and steward other lands within the Bruce Trail’s conservation corridor.