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Provincial government wants to designate the Alfred Bog as a new non-operating provincial park

Located 70 kilometres east of Ottawa, the Alfred Bog is the largest of only three domed peat bogs remaining in the southern half of Ontario.
Alfred Bog (002)
The Alfred Bog.

The provincial government is proposing to designate the Alfred Bog as a new non-operating provincial park. 

“Ontario has unveiled an ambitious proposal to protect the largest peat bog in southern Ontario," said Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks David Piccini. "This will conserve Ontario’s unique wildlife and drive tourism and economic growth for the residents of Alfred. This announcement is another meaningful step in building stronger communities by expanding recreational opportunities and protecting a provincially significant wetland for future generations.”

Located 70 kilometres east of Ottawa, the Alfred Bog is the largest of only three domed peat bogs remaining in the southern half of Ontario. The bog habitat supports many important and sensitive animal and plant species, meeting the province’s criteria to become part of Ontario’s protected areas system.

“Good stewardship starts in our own backyards,” said Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Graydon Smith. “The creation of this non-operating provincial park would provide important outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities for the area, while also protecting Ontario’s rich biodiversity so that all may enjoy it for years to come.”

The Alfred Bog is more than 3,000 hectares, nearly twice the size of Sandbanks Provincial Park. The bog is accessible by a 273-metre-long boardwalk, known as the Bog Walk Trail, that allows visitors to experience the beauty of the area without harming its sensitive ecosystem.

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) supports Ontario's initiative to designate lands in the Alfred Bog as a new non-operating provincial park,” said Mike Hendren, regional vice president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada – Ontario Region. “The provincial park designation will build on nearly 40 years of conservation efforts by NCC and partners in the region to ensure that this unique wetland habitat is protected and cared for over the long-term. In the face of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change, nature is our ally. There is no solution to either without nature conservation. At NCC, we believe when nature thrives, we all thrive.”

Under the proposal, the Alfred Bog Provincial Park would be regulated as a natural environment classification which means:

  •  To protect outstanding recreational landscapes and representative ecosystems
  •  To protect provincially significant elements of Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage
  •  To provide high quality recreational and educational experiences

Consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 6. 

Over the coming months, the province will gather input and feedback on the proposal.

More information can be found here

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