Multi-species Action Plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada
Georgian Bay Islands National Park (GBINP) is located in southeastern Georgian Bay in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country. Georgian Bay is home to the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, the 30,000 Islands, and the park acts as a southern gateway into this area. Comprising 63 dispersed islands and shoals the total area of the park is 14 km2 from the Centennial Group in the south to McQuade Island 50 kilometres northward. Situated just 150 km from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), GBINP is within a half-day’s drive for millions of Canadians. Created in 1929 it is Canada’s smallest national park straddling two natural regions and forms a core protected area of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. The park lies on the edge of the Canadian Shield and is home to both northern and southern plants and animals. The islands are renowned for the variety of reptiles and amphibians they support. The park also has significant cultural value, having been occupied continuously for over 5,500 years.
Maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity is the first priority of national parks (Canada National Parks Act s.8(2)). Species at risk, their residences, and their habitat are therefore protected by existing national park regulations and management regimes. In addition, the Species at Risk Act (SARA) prohibitions protecting individuals and residences apply automatically when a species is listed, and all critical habitat in national parks and national historic sites must be legally protected within 180 days of being identified.
Consultation period: 2016-08-19 to 2016-10-18
- HTML version of "Multi-species Action Plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada [Final Version]"
- "Multi-species Action Plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada [Final Version]" (2016-11-22) (PDF format, 995.01 KB)
- HTML version of "Multi-species Action Plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada [Proposed]"
- "Multi-species Action Plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada [Proposed]" (2016-08-19) (PDF format, 1,393.15 KB)
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
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- Blanding's Turtle (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population)
- Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
- Eastern Musk Turtle
- Eastern Ribbonsnake (Great Lakes population)
- Five-lined Skink (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population)
- Massasauga (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population)
- Northern Map Turtle
- Snapping Turtle
- Spotted Turtle
- Forked Three-awned Grass
- Little Brown Myotis
- Western Chorus Frog (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence - Canadian Shield population)
- Eastern Foxsnake (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population)
- Eastern Milksnake
- Barn Swallow
- Cerulean Warbler
- Eastern Whip-poor-will
- Eastern Wood-pewee
- Wood Thrush
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