For over 30 years, environmental leadership in Muskoka has been synonymous with this small environmental NGO. Muskoka Conservancy is the coming-together of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation (founded 1987) and Muskoka Heritage Trust (founded 1996).
We all have our reasons for loving Muskoka. Plunging into the swimming hole after work, the call of the loon in the evening or a hike in the woods, Muskoka inspires us to consider the natural world around us. In order to help protect the environment and traditions of Muskoka, we strive to support all those who love to be here. If you are here for a weekend or the summer, for the rest of your life or as the latest in a long family line, we hope you will find some inspiration and join us in our goal.
In January 2013 the Muskoka Conservancy was born out of the amalgamation of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Muskoka Heritage Trust. While our name has changed, our mission is the same – “Protecting and caring for Muskoka's natural spaces.”
We protect 41 properties throughout Muskoka which accounts for more than 2,600 acres and over 49,000 ft of sensitive shoreline. These properties are protected through direct ownership or through conservation easements. For more information on our protected lands go to our Land Protection page.
We all have our reasons for loving Muskoka. Whether it is the wild call of the loon in the evening, the silent mist on the lake, or a casual hike in the woods, Muskoka inspires us to consider the natural world around us and to connect with the generations that came before. In order to help protect environment and traditions of Muskoka we need the support of all those who love to be here, whether for the day, a month, the summer, or the rest of your life.
What We Do
Muskoka is under pressure from development and threatened by climate change. To counter this, Muskoka Conservancy exercises:
Responsible Land Conservation
We currently hold over 2,600 acres of land and over 49,000 feet of shoreline in 41 nature reserves and conservation easements.
We encourage environmentally responsible behavior through public awareness programs, annual awards, and shoreline stewardship. We promote sound environmental practices such as wetland protection, dark sky initiatives and the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.
Natural and Built Heritage
We support the natural and built heritage of Muskoka through our Stewardship Awards.