Conservation Successes in Canada | WWF-Canada

Conservation Successes in Canada

A Superior day for Canada!
An historic agreement has been signed by the Governments of Canada and Ontario to establish the largest freshwater reserve in the world, on the largest lake in the world – Lake Superior.

This will be Canada’s first National Marine Conservation Area, protecting 1 million hectares of pristine islands, rugged coast, and crystal-clear water. This protection is excellent news for the species that inhabit this area, such as peregrine falcons, loons, woodland caribou, trout and pickerel.

WWF-Canada has been supporting this cooperative effort to protect this rugged and unspoiled area for 10 years. This is a long-awaited victory for the residents of the North Shore and was truly a collaborative effort amongst many diverse groups of people. This new conservation area will bring with it new regional investment in tourism, which should strengthen the North Shore economy.

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Lake Superior
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To the south, the conservation area is internationally significant because it links to Isle Royale National Park in the United States – including a large island in the middle of Lake Superior, famous for its isolated population of wolves.

To the north, the new conservation zone will anchor a spectacular complex of provincially-protected lands and waters, including: the Nipigon River, renowned for world-record speckled trout; Lake Nipigon, where endangered woodland caribou calve on secluded islands; and Wabakimi Wilderness Park, another million hectares of wildlands and wintering areas for those same caribou.

"It’s a great day for peregrine falcons, eagles, osprey, bears, wolves, caribou and of course, those deep cold-water fish like lake trout, whitefish and walleye that school in the sparkling clear water unparalleled anywhere,” said Monte Hummel, President Emeritus of WWF-Canada and one-time canoe guide in the area. “This is the kind of natural wonder that makes Canada the envy of the world, and we do well to protect it for future generations, everywhere."