A pebble beach leading to a tree line under a clear blue sky

Introducing Monarch Point Conservation Reserve!

We’re proud to celebrate the establishment of Monarch Point Conservation Reserve, a new conservation reserve on the south shore of Prince Edward County!

For the past several years, our staff and partners have worked incredibly hard to establish this new protected area which supports many ecological, geological, recreation, and cultural heritage values.

After completing environmental assessment and evaluation, as well as hearing feedback from Ontarians, the 3,971 acre (1,607 ha) areas previously known as Ostrander Crown Land Block and Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area are now regulated as a conservation reserve under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006.

The designation will strengthen the long-term protection and health of local wildlife and ecosystems.

A monarch butterfly perched on a long purple flower stem in a field

Why is this area named “Monarch Point”?

We’re so glad you asked!

There are several factors for these sites meeting the criteria required to become a protected area, but its namesake comes from the south shore of Prince Edward County being recognized as an International Monarch Butterfly Reserve!

Two monarch butterflies perched on a flowering milkweed plant

During the migration season, Monarch Point provides an important space for butterflies during their journey south.

Monarch Point is also recognized as a globally significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Canada’s IBAs are designated for meeting one of two criteria:

  1. Hosting large numbers of birds (1% of the global or continental population, mainly various waterbirds)
  2. Species that are listed as threatened (either globally or nationally at risk)

Monarch Point protects several species at risk, such as turtles, a provincially significant wetland, and a globally rare alvar ecosystem. The plants found here are uniquely adapted to handle the harsh conditions of flooding and drought that can take place from the shallow soil over bedrock.

A grass field leading to a treed area with evergreens

Is this a space we can visit?

While conservation reserves typically receive a lower level of use compared to provincial parks, you are still welcome to visit.

Monarch Point provides recreational opportunities such as hiking, birdwatching, and hunting.

If you do visit, please treat Monarch Point (and all conservation reserves) with extra-special care, ensuring you are not trampling on sensitive areas or leaving any litter behind.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make Monarch Point Conservation Reserve a reality!

We’d like to thank all of our partners, including the South Shore Joint Initiative, for their conservation efforts and support in creating this new conservation reserve.

We look forward to seeing this area protected and enjoyed for generations to come.