Superior Islands Nature Reserve

TBFN completed the purchase of the Superior Islands Nature Reserve in July 2017. The reserve protects eight properties in five separate locations in the heart of the National Marine Conservation Area. It includes more than four kilometers of undeveloped Lake Superior shoreline. This new addition is 57.87 hectares (143 acres) of land mass – this total does not include the large underwater lots that are part of all of these new holdings. While the individual properties are relatively small, they are surrounded by Crown Land. By acquiring these small pieces of patent land, TBFN is protecting entire islands from development.  The properties are all remote and undisturbed, with no developments or roads, and no recent logging or mining activity. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has rated these properties as high priority for protection.

The protection of these properties was only possible because of donations from hundreds of individual supporters. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this major conservation effort.

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support in helping us to secure these properties: the Echo Foundation, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The McLean Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Assistance was also received from the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program assists eligible recipients with costs associated with land securement and management to help conserve Ontario’s biodiversity. OLTAP is an initiative of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance Inc. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada. 

Partners with TBFN in securing Superior Is. NR