Protected Earth and Life Sciences Sites in Algonquin Park

This page provides a listing of the significant earth and life sciences sites in Algonquin Park. In particular it lists the Nature Reserve Zones and Special Management Areas in Algonquin Park.
Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2006-04-27 - explore

The Barron Canyon Nature Reserve (N57) is a provincially significant upland forest and outcrop complex and is part of the Ottawa Bonnechere Graben.

The intent of this page is to provide an index to the Nature Reserve Zones and Special Management Areas in Algonquin Park and to link to further information on this site, if available. The focus will be on the eastern and northern side of the Park.

The key documents with respect to these sites are the Algonquin Provincial Park Management Plan and Algonquin Park Management Plan Amendment. Another useful guide is A Nature Guide to Ontario by the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature). However, this latter reference is most useful for sites outside of the Park.

(For an interactive map of all of the natural zones of Algonquin Park see Interactive Map of Algonquin Park.)

Nature Reserve Zones in Algonquin Park

From the Algonquin Park Management Plan:

Nature Reserve Zones include any significant earth and life science features that require management distinct from that in adjacent zones.

Implicit in this statement is that these features require enhanced protection.

Special Management Areas in Algonquin Park

From the Algonquin Park Management Plan:

Provincially and regionally significant earth science sites have been designated Nature Reserve Zones to provide then with the highest form of protection. Larger assemblages, some regionally significant features, and small features of local significance are protected in Special Management Areas.

Achray Beaches/Deposits
Locally significant beach ridges, off-shore deposits.
Biggar Twp Gravelly Moraine
Regionally significant gravelly moraine.
Bonnechere Valley Outwash System
Regionally significant outwash system.
Booth Lake Delta
Regionally significant outwash delta.
Brent Fluted Till Plain
Regionally significant fluted till, drumlins.
Bronson-Straton Outwash Plain
Regionally significant outwash plain, meltwater channels.
Clemow Lake Drumlin Group
Regionally significant drumlins.
Coldspring Lake/Carl Wilson Complex
Regionally significant Kame esker complex.
Forbes Creek Meltwater Channel
Locally significant meltwater channel.
Grand Lake Boulder Pavement
Regionally significant boulder lag.
Grand Lake Tombolo
Locally significant tombolo.
Grassy Bay Kame Complex
Locally significant Kame-esker complex. (Protected within the Grassy Bay Mog nature reserve and the Burnt Island Wilderness Zone.)
Grosbeak Creek Outwash/Kame Terraces
Regionally significant ice contact material, eskers, kettle.
Hogan Lake Esker
Locally significant esker kame.
Lake Travers Outwash Plain
Regionally significant glaciofluvial landforms.
Lake Of Two Rivers Outwash Plain
Locally significant outwash plain.
Modern Fluvial Deltas (3)
Locally significant modern fluvial deposits.
North Rouge Creek Drumlins
Regionally significant drumlins, drumlinoidal features.
Notsolong Lake Esker
Locally significant large esker.
Oxtounge River Outwash Plain
Locally significant outwash plain.
Petawawa Terraces
Regionally significant erosional terraces.
Proulx Lake Outwash
Regionally significant outwash plain, Kame complex.
Radiant Lake Kame Terraces
Regionally significant Kame esker complex.
Sunfish Lake Moraininc Ridge
Locally significant small moraine.
White Partridge Lake Spillway
Locally significant outwash plain, meltwater channels.

Sources

Ministry of Natural Resources (1998), Algonquin Provincial Park Management Plan, Queen's printer for Ontario.

Ministry of Natural Resources (2013), Algonquin Park Management Plan Amendment, Queen's printer for Ontario.

Winifred (Cairns) Wake, John Cartwright, Anne Champagne, Kathy Parker, and Martin Parker, eds. (1997), A Nature Guide to Ontario, University of Toronto Press.