Conservation
Protect the Bruce Peninsula’s treasure chest of plants and animals, and the ecosystems in which they thrive
Sustainable Development
Economic and social development that complements nature's resources and is adapted to the culture and traditions of the Northern Bruce Peninsula
Capacity Building
Working together to build individual and community capacities (knowledge, skills and aptitudes) for sustained vitality and prosperity in the Northern Bruce Peninsula
Please help with our projects by volunteering, donating or becoming a member!
Support the Bioshpere Association
Please help with our projects by volunteering, donating or becoming a member!
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association is a not-for-profit registered charity. The Association works with many organizations and individuals in order to achieve concrete results on the Peninsula. By volunteering, donating or becoming a member, you can make a real difference.
Why are intact forests so important?
Forests Forever
Why are intact forests so important?
The Biosphere Association has received funding from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to promote recognition of the value of having a system of interconnected protected spaces on the Bruce Peninsula. We have organized a Forest Festival, developed a Strategy for Re-Connectivity, produced three short videos on forests that will be accessible by QR codes, and have conducted an information session on 2015 review of the Niagara Escarpment, Greenbelt,Oak Ridges Moraine and Ontario's Places to Grow Plan.
How are farmers helping to improve our water quality?
Producers Club
How are farmers helping to improve our water quality?
Meet the people who are working with the land. Read about some of the good work that is being done.
Join us on an Eco-Adventure
Three day Wilderness Eco-Adventure Getaway
Immerse yourself in the wonders of winter in a World Biosphere Reserve. Snowshoe along the Niagara Escarpment to explore ice-swept cliffs and caves, gaze upon star-studded skies with local astronomers, and learn about winter ecology and traditional survival skills on expeditions with like-minded people.
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WINTER WILDERNESS ECO-ADVENTURES
2017 Raffle Winners!
The draw for the 6th annual BPBA Raffle was held at the Municipal Office on Nov 17th.
The lucky winners were: First Prize: 2 Leafs Tickets for Montreal vs Toronto on Feb 25th – David Powell of Oakville, Ontario. David is a big Leafs fan and was pleased to support the Biosphere. Second Prize: 10ft Perception Impulse Kayak – Doug Embleton of Embleton Auctions in Lions Head Ont. Doug was excited to win the kayak as he and his family had been looking for kayaks this summer. Third Prize: Limited Edition Print of Halfway Log Dump by local artist Margarethe Vanderpas – Holly Klassen of St. Edmunds Township (Johnsons Harbour Rd). Holly is a fan of Margarethe’s work and has seen it on local studio tours. The painting will look lovely over the fireplace in her cottage. See Mike Warkentin present the painting to Holly below. Fourth Prize: Evening of Stargazing for six at Quetican Observatory won by Jennifer Jones of Wiarton. Fifth Prize: Dinner for Two at Tobermory Brewing Co. won by Bob Dieleman of Woodstock Ont, who bought a ticket after running the marathon in Tobermory this summer. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for your support.
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Forest Fair
Engaging talks were followed by afternoon activities for everyone! We enjoyed hot apple cider, learning about the forest, face painting and much more!
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association hosted its 2nd Annual Forest Fair on Saturday October 15th at Lindsay Tract. The day began at 9am with some great guest speakers followed by an afternoon of activities for families, kids and people of all ages! We had hot apple cider, stations where you could explore some of the species found within the forests of the Bruce, face painting and much more! Come out and explore the forests of the Bruce!
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October 15th 9 AM - 4 PM
Baptist Harbour Cleanup!
We helped clean up the shoreline at Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve. We can preserve this unique alvar habitat that supports a variety of rare plant species and provides an important nesting ground for shoreline birds.
This Ontario Nature event on October 1st was possible thanks to generous funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund and is part of our Doors Open to Nature series, in celebration of Ontario Nature’s 85th Anniversary! For more details click below.
Help Baptist Harbour Oct 1st
See the Lion's Head Video!
This video dramatically displays the natural beauty and grandeur of the Lion's Head Nature Reserve where the dramatic cliffs rise 70 metres above the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay.
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Trillium Grant for Soil Erosion
$241,500 over three years to support efforts to tackle soil erosion on agricultural land
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for $241,500 over three years to support its efforts to tackle soil erosion on agricultural land. The Association's ongoing work with farmers on the Northern Bruce Peninsula improves water quality and preserves fertility of fields by reducing sediment runoff that would otherwise enter streams and ultimately flow into Lake Huron or Georgian Bay
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See the Greig's Caves Video!
See where the rugged slopes of the Niagara Escarpment lie hidden beneath a rich canopy of deciduous forest. Far above Georgian Bay's waters, caves have been sculpted by the waves of ancient seas
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Fighting Phragmites on the Bruce Peninsula
The PHRAGMITES VOLUNTEER ACTION GROUP is hard at work
Phragmites is one of Canada's most invasive plants and it has begun taking hold here on the Peninsula. Help us to fight it back! The summer over now, but for some the fun is just beginning. Last winter, about 16 adventurers enjoyed a February snowshoe excursion through the forests and wetlands of Ira Lake. We learned about the ecology of winter including the SUB-NIVEAN environmnent. Thanks to the local "Phrag Fighters" who came out to clip seed heads and enjoy chili in the bush, and Jenna and Gillian who helped Sean with the arrangements and acted as expert resource people.
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See the Lindsay Tract Video!
Lindsay Tract is a special place where meandering trails reveal the treasures of Bruce Peninsula forests...
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Healthy Shorelines
Maintaining a natural shoreline
With funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association has been helping local waterfront property owners to naturalize their shorelines.
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Bayside Astronomy: Celebrate our Natural Night Sky!
We hope you enjoyed Bayside Astronomy in Lion's Head!
The program for Bayside Astronomy next summer (2017) will run from July to Labour Day. We plan to be at Lion's Head, Singing Sands, MIller's Family Camp and Summerhouse Park. The program starts around 9:00PM, and runs as long there are people interested in looking through the telescope, or just talking about the cosmos. See more information on Facebook by clicking on the link below or logging in to Facebook and searching for darksky.astronomy Hope to see you there next year!
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Shoreline Stewardship
Shoreline Stewardship workshops have been a great success
The first of several Shoreline Workshops was held in July 2015 and covered septic systems, gardening, stormwater management and living with wildlife. Funded through the Government of Canada's National Conservation Plan. Workshops were also organized to increase understanding of septic system management.
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  • Join us on an Eco-Adventure WINTER WILDERNESS ECO-ADVENTURES
  • 2017 Raffle Winners!
  • Forest Fair October 15th 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Baptist Harbour Cleanup!
  • See the Lion's Head Video!
  • Trillium Grant for Soil Erosion
  • See the Greig's Caves Video!
  • Fighting Phragmites on the Bruce Peninsula
  • See the Lindsay Tract Video!
  • Healthy Shorelines
  • Bayside Astronomy: Celebrate our Natural Night Sky!
  • Shoreline Stewardship

BPBA Funders


Friends of the Greenbelt
The Biosphere Association wishes to express its thanks for generous project funding by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to help foster our living countryside by nurturing and supporting activities that preserve its environmental and agricultural integrity.
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Our thanks to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for funding which is responsible for promoting clean and safe air, land, and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians.
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
We are pleased to acknowledge the establishment of the Crop Producers Club which can be accessed on this site. This project is funded by GLASI, the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative which supports activities in the Lake Huron southeast shores watershed and the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds.
Dalglish Family Foundation
The Board of Directors of the Association is very pleased to welcome Dr. Katherine McLeod to the position of Executive Director. Katherine's experiece and academic background are major additions to the capacity of the organization. The Executive Director position was made possible through a generous grant from the Dalglish Family Foundation.
Lake Huron Georgian Bay Framework for Community Action
The Lake Huron Georgian Bay Framework for Community Action assists the Biosphere Association to address priorities by finding funding and coordinating activities with other stakeholders through a consensus-based, community-driven approach. The Framework is a people-based approach to promote community action to respond to environmental issues. It works on the belief that individuals, communities and organizations in the watersheds of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay operate independently, yet are united by a common cause. Members pledge to uphold a Charter Statement to coordinate actions throughout the watersheds, so as to protect and restore the natural environment.
Ontario Trillum Foundation
We received approval of funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund Ontario Government to monitor and restore streams, with the support of area landowners and students by taking and analysing water samples, installing alternative watering systems for cattle, and undertaking volunteer-based restoration projects. The baseline datasets of water chemistry variables from 2013, 2014 and 2015 water sampling to describe stream health in reference to provincial and federal standards have been analysed by Catherine Dieleman of the University of Western Ontario.
Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
Government of Canada
A Shoreline Stewardship Workshops were held July to September 2015. The first Shoreline Workshop covered septic systems, gardening, stormwater management and living with wildlife. Funded through the Government of Canada's National Conservation Plan.