American Camp Island and the Alexanders

is one of the Georgian Bay Land Trust’s best known Nature Reserves. It was received through the generosity of conservation-minded donors Doug Alexander and Lyn Gillespie. American Camp Island and its immediate neighbour, Andrew’s, are the only public-access part of a larger GBLT-protected Alexander archipelago. The non-public areas of this larger island group contribute significantly to the maintenance of ecosystem health and biodiversity in the Wah Wah Taysee area. Several of the islands in the Alexander archipelago have been painted with conspicuous red dots; the red dots are there to reinforce that they are non-public access and are off limits to visitors.

  • Your land trust’s conservation work on public Nature Reserves allows interaction with the natural environment while preserving ecological integrity.
  • GBLT’s conservation on non-public-access Nature Reserves allows biodiversity to thrive free from human stressors.
This balance preserves the ecological health of the Georgian Bay coast, and benefits all.
In accordance with conservation goals, we have to limit the number of visitors to American Camp and Andrew’s.
  • A red flag or flags flying from American Camp Island signifies the property is at its visitor capacity. At these times we ask that visitors cooperate with the GBLT Students and Stewards and not land.
We now have real time technology for visitors to check if American Camp is at capacity. To determine the property’s visitor status, American Camp Island – Georgian Bay Land Trust (gblt.org). The property’s current Status (OPEN or CLOSED) will show at the top of the page.
The busiest times at American Camp are fairweather summer weekends, particularly before, during and after the August long weekend. The wisdom on these days is to arrive early, or to choose another destination.
The GBLT asks all guests to accept responsibility for preserving this island’s ecological values.
When the red flag is hoisted, please respect it and do not land anywhere in the Alexander Islands
  • Please leave no human trace
  • Please leave no trace of any pet
  • Please limit the length of your stay to 4 hours on busy days so that others can visit
  • To allow fair access to all, please do not arrive with a group of more than 10 people**
  • Please read the general VISITOR’S GUIDE available on our website: https://www.gblt.org/enjoying-land/property-visiting-guidelines/
These rules protect the integrity of American Camp and all other GBLT properties.
  • Please honour the wildlife and vegetation on this island, and appreciate its unspoiled beauty
  • Our “no loud music policy” respects that this is a place for tranquility, for the sound of the birds, the wind
  • and waves
  • Please come, enjoy, and help preserve this place.
Brooks Greer     www.gblt.org

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Webinars

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is pleased to launch the Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series! Along with our partners, we’ll explore many different aspects of living in a UNESCO biosphere, from cultural teachings to gardening to invasive species and more!
Lessons from an Ontario Biosphere in Phragmites Management
Wednesday, July 14 @ 10:00 am EST




“Kids in the Biosphere” Kits – Now available

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve in partnership with the Township of the Archipelago is offering the 9th season of this fun interactive program that connects kids and families with nature on the Georgian Bay.

We are so excited to launch another season of Kids in the Biosphere, where we enjoy outdoor adventures in the Georgian Bay Biosphere!
Remember, what makes Kids in the Biosphere special is you and the amazing things you discover! We can’t wait to see pictures and read stories of your findings. The Kids in the Biosphere Photo Album is ready to collect your pictures!
Haven’t joined yet? It isn’t too late!
  • You will receive an exciting new Activity Kit through Canada Post, containing:A light weight, reusable Biosphere bag,
  • A EcoGreen Stone Paper Nature Notebook,
  • Guide to Great Lakes Butterflies & Pollinators,
  • Royal Astronomical Society Star Finder,
  • Three NEW Activity Sheets!
  • An Oshkinigig (The New Ones) birch bark canoe cut out!

Once you’ve registered, we will mail your Activity Kit to the residential mailing address provided.

Tackling Plastic Pollution: The 1-Hour Lunchtime Webinar Series by Georgian Bay Forever

Georgian Bay Forever’s Tackling Plastic Pollution Webinar Series is a collection of one hour webinars aimed at raising awareness about the abundance of plastic litter entering our local and global waterways. Each webinar will end with descriptions of programs GBF has put in place to combat each issue and ways and alternatives you can implement in your life to reduce plastic waste.
Is Recycling Plastic Working? – Thursday July 29th at 12 pm
Since mass-production began in the early 1900s, the use of plastic has spread to different fields from medicine to electronic manufacturers to restaurant chains. In Canada, domestic demand for plastic is about 4,667 kilotonnes annually, while on a national basis only about 9% of plastic thrown out ends up getting recycled.


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