This Preserve on Goulais Bay (Che Wehn Kwe Dohn) offers an enjoyable walk to learn about Lake Superior wetlands. It includes a woodland trail, a boardwalk to the lakeshore and picturesque places to sit and observe nature. Come photograph, paint, read, write and birdwatch.

Wetlands are very important habitat for many reasons. Their rarity on Lake Superior’s rocky and sandy shores makes this Preserve important to the overall health of the lake. Our educational programs connect people to the stories of how wetlands protect species, how peatlands hold carbon, and how diverse habitat provides homes for a wide array of wildlife.

To protect the wetland from invasive species, the Invasive Species Centre provided LSWC with a boot brush station which is installed at the trailhead to remove unwanted hitchhikers from the shoes of visitors.

"Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems on earth, and this LSWC preserve is a great example of a wetland referred to as a fen (a peatland), or more specifically an extremely rich fen. The Conservancy's work to create this publicly accessible wetland for education and enjoyment is an important contribution to protecting wetlands in the Great Lakes."

- Rob Routledge, Educator & Naturalist, School of Natural Environment, Sault College

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a land trust?

A land trust is a non-profit charitable organization that owns or manages land for the long term stewardship of natural and/or cultural heritage. One of the main activities of a land trust, or nature conservancy, is to actively work with landowners to conserve habitat, protect and steward land for its natural, cultural, recreational, historic and productive values, protect water quality, and address the effects of climate change.

What are land trust standards and practices?

The ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.

What is ecotourism?

Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.

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What is a water trail?

A designated route along a waterway with publicly accessible access points particularly for non-motorized watercraft. Water Trails are the original highways that have been used for community life for millennia.

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How To Help

Protecting the greatest Lake on Earth means we all have a role to play in addressing the threatening elements of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, invasive species, and the diversion of water from the watershed.

We believe in the power of our collective effort to solve these challenges.