Great Lakes News

Great Lakes News

Piece of Ontario Twice the Size of Bermuda Now Protected


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced its largest protected area in Ontario: 26,514 acres on Cockburn Island, located in northern Lake Huron. 

The non-profit, private land conservation organization has conserved more than 60% of the Great Lakes’ seventh largest island, and an incredible 30 miles of undeveloped shoreline. 

Containing one of the largest protected, intact hardwood forest ecosystems in southern Ontario, Cockburn Island is located between Manitoulin Island to the east and Drummond Island to the west. The island is important for its variety of habitats for many globally significant plants and animals; as a vital breeding area and stopover site for migratory songbirds and waterfowl; and as a home to a wide range of mammals, including the American black bear.

For more info, visit