The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

An area encompassing the “Thirty Thousand Islands” much of it is designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve striving to achieve conservation of biological diversity while at the same time encouraging sustainable development practices amongst its user groups and communities. Eastern and Northern Georgian Bay includes the coastline from Severn Sound to the French River, west toward Killarney and McGregor Bay. It contains the greatest number of islands and longest coastline in the Great Lakes basin and indeed is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.

The shallow waters and numerous sheltered islands and inlets provide a setting for high quality coastal wetlands that provide important habitat for colonial nesting water birds, including globally and nationally rare species. Reptile diversity along the coast is also the highest in Canada. This region include the Georgian Bay Islands National Park and its global significance was recognized through the establishment of the the UNESCO Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.


Numerous groups including many cottage and ratepayer associations are active in conservation along the coast including the following broader scale groups:

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

Georgian Bay Forever

Georgian Bay Land Trust

Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council

Muskoka Watershed Council

Annual Reports

Funding has been provided to Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve over a number of years to support Framework Actions.

2016 Project Report

2013 Project Report