From woods to wetlands, museums, mills and wildlife viewing areas, discover communities in Norfolk County that promote biodiversity, conservation and sustainability.
Located across 13,000 square kilometres along the eastern shores of the Georgian Bay, this biosphere is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago (a group or cluster of islands), with over 30,000 islands.
Extending roughly 2,700 square kilometres between Brockville, Kingston and Perth in south eastern Ontario, this biosphere represents the ancient granite bridge from the Canadian Shield in the north to the Adirondack Mountains in the south.
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Ontario is home to very different and distinct landscapes, formed and connected by luminous lakes, flowing rivers and historic waterways. In fact, Ontario is home to one quarter of the world's freshwater. Hike, bike, paddle and camp in one of our many parks and conservation areas.
Ontario is home to four UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserves; Long Point, Georgian Bay, Frontenac Arch and Niagara. These regions are recognized for their ecological, historical and cultural uniqueness. Currently there are 16 biosphere reserves in Canada (in a world network of over 600 in 117 countries).
Explore and experience some truly Amazing Places within the Long Point, Georgian Bay and Frontenac Arch Biospheres. You will know the moment you are at one – it may be a vista so powerful and majestic that it will literally take your breath away. Or, it may be a scene or a place that will simply cause you to take pause in order to soak it all in or draw on the energy of its serene beauty. Plan your trip now.
Discover astounding natural land protected in over 330 Provincial Parks. Venture from beaches of Pinery and Sandbanks' and Rondeau's rare Carolinian forests to Wabakimi's boreal wilderness and across the tundra of Polar Bear Provincial Park. Catch sight of magnificent ice volcano eruptions at Presqu'ile. In between, explore everything from the rugged, granite beauty of Algonquin, Killarney, Lake Superior, Killbear and Bon Echo to the spectacular cascading waters at Kakabeka Falls or Kap-Kig-Iwan. Pay homage to the ‘father of New France’ by paddling historic waterways in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park near Mattawa, named after the French explorer. 2018 marks Ontario Parks' 125th anniversary. Celebrate with great activities and events.
Six National Parks also proudly symbolize the diverse natural beauty of Ontario. Explore the rugged coast of a mighty inland sea at Lake Superior's Pukaskwa National Park. Be awed by amazing limestone formations at Bruce Peninsula or Fathom Five national parks. Follow Point Pelee's boardwalks to freshwater marshes teeming with waterfowl. Skim across the turquoise blue waters surrounding Georgian Bay Islands or Thousand Islands national parks.
Across Ontario, over 250 Conservation Areas offer visitors a variety of outdoor experiences and activities, from picnic facilities to learning programs. Ontario's Greenbelt is an 1.8 million acre protected area consists of forests, wetlands, meadows, grasslands, farmlands and lakes and is the largest and most diverse of its kind in the world, find great hiking and bird watching.