This summer, explore an exceptional property to reconnect with nature. Staff of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be taking their own Time for Nature this summer to celebrate NCC’s 50th anniversary, and the non-profit organization hopes Canadians will join in the celebration of this country’s great natural places.
Whether it is a daytrip somewhere nearby or incorporating a visit to an NCC property during summer holiday planning, NCC hopes Canadians will not only take some Time for Nature, but also share their stories and experiences at: www.natureconservancy.ca/timefornature
BC – SKAHA CONSERVATION AREA
Skaha (photo by Tim Ennis NCC)
The Skaha Conservation Area is set to become part of Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park, which is known as one of B.C.’s most popular climbing destinations. the conservation area features numerous hiking trails for all abilities.
AB – WITT PROPERTY
Witt Flower Walk (photo by NCC)
A mosaic of wildflowers from spring to fall.
SK – FAIRY HILL
Fairy Hill (photo by NCC)
A 30-minute drive north of Regina. Species at risk such as loggerhead shrike and northern leopard frog share this stunningly beautiful area with breeding shorebirds, migratory birds – and you! Numerous hiking opportunities abound.
MB – THE WESTON FAMILY TALL GRASS PRAIRIE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie (photo by NCC)
ON – BACKUS WOODS
Backus Woods (photo by NCC)
Boasts some of the province’s oldest living trees, including black gums that are more than 400 years old. Conserved in 2011, with the generous support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Numerous walking and skiing trails.
QC – JEAN PAUL RIPPELLE NATURE RESERVE
Jean Paul Rippelle Nature Reserve (photo by NCC)
The area shelters a unique old-growth forest along the St. Lawrence River and is home to 15 rare species. A walking trail allows you to discover an amazing landscape, with rich bird life and diverse flora.
NB – JOHNSON'S MILLS SHOREBIRD RESERVE AND INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
Johnson's Mills (photo by Mike Dembeck)
Each summer approximately 2 million shorebirds, including up to 75 per cent of the world’s semipalmated sandpipers, stop in the Upper Bay of Fundy before continuing their journey to South America.
PEI – BOUGHTON ISLAND
Boughton Island (photo by NCC)
The province’s third-largest island. Boasts 49 species of birds, such as the endangered piping plover. Kayakers and photographers can vouch for the area’s magnificent white sand beaches, spruce forest, salt marsh and freshwater ponds.
Gaff Point (photo by Mike DembecK)
Watch for whales and seals in the water.
NL – CAPE SPEAR
Cape Spear (photo by Shannon Countway)
The easternmost point in North America, along the east coast trail (recognized by National Geographic as part of the best coastal destination in the world). Features majestic icebergs, humpback whales and innumerable seabirds.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares), coast to coast.
For more information, visit natureconservancy.ca.