We Currently Protect 117 Nature Reserves - 8,870 acres


Coming Soon Event:

Monarch Butterfly Festival 2013 - August 24 and 25

For the third year, on August 24 and 25, the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC) is hosting a Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Bruce Peninsula National Park Visitor Centre in Tobermory. The program is dedicated to celebrating the incredible annual Monarch migration to Mexico and to highlighting the land conservation work of the EBC in its campaign to preserve wildlife habitat.

Thanks to the support of SK Films, the EBC has been given permission to screen the film "Flight of the Butterflies" at the National Park Visitor Centre auditorium. The film is currently a highlight of the Ontario Science Centre's summer IMAX screen program. In addition to the film, there will be exhibits on the life cycle of the Monarch, the migration story and the threats now facing the butterfly population. Staff will be on hand to answer questions .

The Bruce Peninsula is right on the funnel in the Monarch migration path. Monarchs from Manitoulin migrate south right along the Huron Shore at Cape Hurd. This year the big news story is the disastrous downturn in the Monarch population caused by climate change and loss of habitat. The EBC is hard at work protecting vitally important land and has protected over 900 acres in the immediate Tobermory/Cape Hurd area. As part of the Monarch Festival activities, participants will have the chance to visit the EBC reserve at Cape Hurd, attend nature walks explaining the flora, fauna and geology of the area and help the EBC celebrate the opening of its official Monarch waystation.

Join us and see what you can do to help bring back the butterflies. [ For more Information ]


 EBC Goals and Accomplishments


Our goal is simple: help Ontario landowners conserve their land.


From Caledon to Manitoulin the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC) keeps busy creating a legacy of nature. Since 1998 we have created 117 nature reserves protecting a total of 8,870 acres along the Niagara Escarpment.


We are a charity serving communities from Caledon East, through the Saugeen Valley, up the Huron Shore and the Bruce Peninsula, all the way to Silverwater on Manitoulin Island.


Twelve and a half km of Great Lakes shoreline and the habitat of 66 rare and endangered species are now protected thanks to the generosity of our donors. No new houses, no gravel pits, no golf courses, no commercial water-taking, just nature by itself, serene and undisturbed.

Conserving a remarkable place on Manitoulin:

Mrs. J. Budd, in this video, speaks about her wishes to preserve the beauty of her property on Manitoulin Island and the importance of conservation. The occasion was the ribbon cutting for her donation of the conservancy agreement to EBC. The property has alvars, wetlands, and the start of the Niagara Escarpment on Manitoulin.

Producer and Cinematographer: Barry F.G. Smith, CANAVISION Inc. 2011