Ontario’s provincial parks are established by regulation under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. Provincial parks protect provincially significant elements of Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage, maintain biodiversity and provide opportunities for compatible, ecologically sustainable recreation.
Establishing recommended provincial parks occurs through a Crown land use planning process. The land use planning process being undertaken for this proposal is a minor land use amendment # 2007–008. This policy proposal forms part of the consultation on the minor land use amendment. The proposed land use amendment can be found in the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas through the following web link: http://crownlanduseatlas.mnr.gov.on.ca/lu_amend_Srch_tool.html
Establishing a new provincial park is an undertaking subject to the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves (Class EA-PPCR). The establishment of Carden Alvar Provincial Park is being evaluated as a Category B project under the Class EA-PPCR. Consultation requirements under the Class EA-PPCR are being undertaken concurrently with this Environmental Registry policy proposal notice.
Carden Alvar Provincial Park is composed of three properties: Cameron Ranch, Windmill Ranch, and the Katherine McGuaig MacDonald Nature Sanctuary. The Cameron and Windmill Ranch properties were purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in 2003 and 2006, respectively, with the support of the Couchiching Conservancy, Ontario Parks, and local partners. The Katherine McGuaig MacDonald Nature Sanctuary was donated to the NCC in 1998 by the MacDonald Family and is named in honour of the donors’ grandmother. Ownership of the properties has been transferred to Ontario Parks.
Additional information about Ontario Parks, the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas and park planning in general may be accessed via the links provided below.