Welcome to Land’escapes, soon to be home to one of Canada’s most unique private conservation projects.
Land’escapes is a private organization, working to protect and conserve land in south-central Ontario and provide a place for people to connect with nature through low-impact recreation.
The Park is over 26,000 acres on the Canadian shield amongst the lakes and forests of south-central Ontario.
Opening for the first time in the Summer of 2021, we are accepting applications for Founding Memberships. Help us explore and establish The Park.
The stewardship program is available to commercial partners and individual outdoor enthusiasts.
The land that we have acquired was previously used for industrial timber harvests. We are committed to restoring the property and allowing the ecological systems found within it to rebound and thrive.
Canada has set targets to protect 30% of land and water by the year 2030. We are actively trying to help Canada work towards the 30 by 2030 goal. In partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, we aim to put 100% of our land holdings under mechanisms that would ensure they are protected forever.
We are working directly with NCC to establish a conservation management plan that would inform our activities on the property.
We want to ensure that people have access to these lands in order to develop meaningful connections with nature. The evidence showing that time spent outdoors contributes to happiness and wellbeing is overwhelming. Therefore, we believe that connection to nature also helps establish long term respect and a drive to protect the environments we feel connected to.
Enhancing geographic connections is also a priority for Land’escapes. By connecting protected areas and waterways, wildlife corridors are formed and habitats expand and improve. Our properties are part of the Algonquin to Adirondack corridor as well as the Kawartha Natural Heritage System.
We aim to cultivate a community of stewards and partners to realize our vision. Therefore, we are seeking partnerships with indigenous communities that can inform our conservation management plan and advise on ideal scenarios for access.
If you are interested in what we are doing or would like to work with us, we are eager to hear from you!
We want to acknowledge that we are operating on aboriginal land that has been inhabited by indigenous people from the beginning.
As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to be here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years.
Long before today there have been aboriginal peoples who have been the stewards of this place. In particular, we acknowledge that the land on which we operate is the traditional territory of the Wendat, Anishnaabeg, Mississauga and Algonquin Peoples and is covered by the Williams Treaty, Treaty 27 of 1819 and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.
We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions these and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole.
As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities.