Through nature conservation, Muskoka Conservancy is making Muskoka more resilient in the face of pressing environmental issues like climate change, invasive species, and biodiversity loss.
In partnership with private land donors, volunteers and regular everyday members, Muskoka Conservancy has so far secured over 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) for nature conservation. This includes ecologically sensitive wetlands, forests, rock barrens and over 15,200 meters (50,000 feet) of beautiful Muskoka shoreline!
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 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. Together we are making a difference!
In 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 do this by protecting land throughout Muskoka- 42 properties so far, featuring more than 500 acres of species rich wetlands and over 50,000 feet of threatened natural shoreline!
We are always working hard to find more ecologically sensitive land and shoreline to add to our nature conservation portfolio. If you would like to be part of this amazing success story, we want to hear from you.
What We Do
Muskoka shoreline is under pressure from development. Every single meter of natural shoreline is under threat. Muskoka Conservancy actively seeks out natural shoreline and protects it. We do this by directly acquiring land, or by entering into legally binding conservation agreements.
Responsible Land Conservation
While waterfront is the main event in Muskoka, our famous water quality depends heavily on what happens on land. Muskoka Conservancy currently holds over 2,500 acres of land and over 500 acres of wetlands.
Scientific studies have proven that nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits. We encourage love of nature through inspirational and informative expert guided field trips. 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.