Safe Quiet Lakes Survey

Your lakes, your views – 2017 survey! Please take time to fill out this survey that gathers opinions and experiences from everyone who uses Muskoka waterways.

The survey will be available online from Monday June 12th to Monday July 10th, 2017.

This 2017 research will help Safe Quiet Lakes to better understand your interests.  We want to know the positives about your activities on the water and the lake environment, and what, if anything, detracts from your enjoyment the lakes.

Your responses are entirely confidential. Results will be tabulated by an expert research firm, ERIN Research Inc., and reported in aggregate form. No individual participant or their responses will be identified. Safe Quiet Lakes will distribute a summary of the report available to participating associations and on its website members.  Results will also be shared with elected officials, the OPP, Transport Canada and local media.

Muskoka Steward – Spring 2017

Muskoka Steward – Winter 2017



Michael Foster Photo Contest 2017

Giving Tuesday a HUGE success!

Today is “Thank You Thursday” and we have a LOT to be thankful for!
WOW – we are so thrilled with the generosity and support Muskoka Conservancy received earlier this week on Giving Tuesday. In one day alone, we raised $5195 through the online campaign – well above our target of $2000. With our matching donors who pledged $2000, this brings our total to $7195! We are ecstatic and it is all thanks to YOU!

Some of our supporters and volunteers stopped by our office last week to share their message and their #UNselfie photos of why they support Muskoka Conservancy, not only on Giving Tuesday, but all year long – thank you to them for contributing to the movement and inspiring others to also give! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed and pushed us to exceed our goal – we are speechless!

On Tuesday, you showed us that you care about protecting Muskoka’s natural spaces and we couldn’t be more proud to steward your gifts. Our Legacy Fund received a huge boost thanks to you and we look forward to continuing to protect natural spaces in Muskoka in perpetuity.

Thank you so much.

Muskoka Steward – Fall 2016

Muskoka Steward – Special Edition, September 2016

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Artists donate work to help protect nature

Thanks to the generosity of some of Muskoka’s most recognized artists, Muskoka on the Edge 2016 was a huge success that will ensure Muskoka Conservancy can keep protecting space for nature in Muskoka. Susan Tremaine’s beautiful canvas Seven Pines at Sunset, Chris Cape’s sculpture Barred Owl, Pat Fairhead’s canvas Water#2, and Wendy Moses’ chair titled Sitting in the Garden were among the artworks most hotly pursued by the throng of auction bidders.

“Muskoka has an amazing arts community and it is perfectly clear how much it means to them that we continue working hard to protect Muskoka’s natural spaces,” says Scott Young, Executive Director of the Conservancy. “Artists really stepped up and we just can’t thank them enough for supporting us.”

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Ken Black: community leader and conservationist


Ken Black served as President of Muskoka Heritage Foundation from 2001 to 2004 and was the founder of Muskoka Watershed Council. Muskoka Conservancy will miss Ken’s kind friendship, wisdom, and straight talk. Our love and thoughts are with Beth and Ken’s family.


In 2015, Ken received The Wayland Drew Natural Heritage Award, which presented to individuals who consistently demonstrate environmental leadership by promoting stewardship, conservation, environmental education or awareness of Muskoka’s natural heritage.

Besides a stellar career in education (teacher, principal and superintendent) , politics (MPP and Minister of Tourism and Recreation), community service (Rotary, Historical Society, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare board) and journalism (“In My View”  for twenty years and Muskoka Magazine articles) Ken has made a noteworthy contribution in the environmental sphere over many years.

Ken is a fourth generation Muskokan who began his teaching career in Bracebridge.  In his roles as a teacher, principal and superintendent, Ken vigorously supported the Out-Of–Classroom Education program to enable students to experience the natural history of the area.  During his tenure as principal, Ken instituted a “Quest” program that allowed students to pursue projects in greater depth and at a higher level than would normally be attained in the regular curriculum.  One such project resulted in a student carrying out a detailed four season study of a pond north of Bracebridge.  This research became a valuable record for the local MNR.

Perhaps Ken’s greatest contribution to the Muskoka environmental scene was the conception and development of the Muskoka Watershed Council.  He saw the need to somehow partner the District of Muskoka with a local environmental organization the Muskoka Conservancy (The Muskoka Heritage Foundation at the time) to attain a new level of environmental awareness.  Ken used his role as president of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation (MHF) to facilitate this.  With great perseverance and determination he was successful in achieving this goal.  The Muskoka Watershed Council has grown to the status of a stand-alone organization that champions watershed health.  Likewise during his presidency he shepherded the MHF organization to more financial stability which allowed the Muskoka Conservancy to develop into the significant land trust and stewardship organization that it is today.  It was on Ken’s watch that the first native plant sale took place along with the Green Challenge for businesses to consider and implement more natural landscape plans.

Over the last almost twenty years, Ken has taken the torch and promoted the environmental protection in his weekly column “In My View”.  He has often called to task poor policies and decisions by all levels of government but on the positive side he has heralded positive actions that might achieve sustainability for the planet.


Muskoka Steward – Summer 2016


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