Today, the Government of Canada announced that, with the support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, it has reached an agreement to acquire new land to expand the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Alongside the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Beth Gilhespy, Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, announced the agreement that will see the Government acquire the 3,272 Driftwood Cover property at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. The property was publicly listed for $20.6 million, however, until the transaction has completely closed, the purchase price cannot be made public.
A Government of Canada description of the property states that it features 6.5 kilometres of uninterrupted Georgian Bay shoreline, which represents 22 per cent of the park’s coast, and is home to at least 10 federally listed species at risk including the Masssauga rattlesnake, some of the oldest trees in eastern North America, and dozens of ecologically, geologically and culturally significant cave systems.
“I am very pleased to see that the Government and the Bruce Trail Conservancy have reached an agreement to acquire this significant amount of property at Bruce Peninsula National Park,” said Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “The Bruce Peninsula National Park is world class and this new property will give visitors even more to see and explore. It is unfortunate that a significant announcement about the park was made from downtown Toronto, reinforcing this Government’s disrespect and disdain for rural Canada. I encourage the Minister to come to the Bruce Peninsula and see firsthand how incredible the park is.”