Environment - Stewardship

Explore Our Shores

Join the Biosphere at one of the Explore Our Shores events this summer. Click on the poster for information about each event.

  1. Saturday, July 16th, 1-3 pm, 4 Leaside Dr, Skerryvore
  2. Saturday, July 30th, 9:30-Noon, Calhoun Lodge
  3. Saturday, August 13th, 9:30-11 am, Public boat launch, Little Kapikog Lake Rd


Photo Credit: Meg Wallace Photography

altGeorgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Resources

Life on the Bay Stewardship Guide

The Stewardship Guide covers a range of topics including how to live with wildlife, how to use landscaping to improve water quality, best practices during construction, how to store chemicals and garbage and many more. The guide is designed to be used by waterfront property owners on Georgian Bay and inland lakes. Digital copies of the guide are available for download on GBBR'€™s website:

The Life on the Bay Stewardship Program is a free program designed to help homeowners interested in decreasing their ecological footprint learn how to make the most of the Stewardship Guides. The workshops are typically two hours long and suit a group size of 8 or more. Knowledgeable staff from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve will lead participants through an environmental review of the host€™s property and provide additional information to help undertake any property changes.

If you are interested in hosting a stewardship party, please contact the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve at: 705.774.0978, or email conservation @ gbbr.caƒƒ‚ƒ‚‚ 




What is it?

Invasive Phragmites (Phragmites australis subsp. australis) is a European reed that is spreading in North American wetlands, causing negative environmental and economic impacts. ƒƒ‚ƒ‚‚ Phragmites grows in dense stands, crowds out native plant species and cuts off access to waterways.

Georgian Bay has both invasive Phragmites and a native species of Phragmites (Phragmites australis subsp. americanus). ƒƒ‚ƒ‚‚ It is important to learn the difference, as native Phragmites does not pose a risk for waterfront properties or local species.

Invasive Phragmites

  • up to 5 metres tall
  • stem base is usually rough, rigid and bland in colour.ƒƒ‚ƒ‚‚ 

Native Phragmite

  • up to 2 metres tall
  • stem that is shiny, smooth and reddish-brown

Visit the Georgian Bay Forever website for more information on identifying invasive Phragmites:

What can I do?ƒƒ‚ƒ‚‚ 

If you have identified invasive Phragmites on your property or Crown land, early action is recommended to control and prevent its spread. Controlling invasive Phragmites before it becomes well-established will mitigate its environmental impacts, as well as reduce overall removal time and costs. You can report sightings of invasive Phragmites using the EDDMapSOntario website and/or app:

The following Best Management Practices created by Georgian Bay Forever outline how to remove invasive Phragmites:




Township of The Archipelago Resources

One of the driving principles behind the incorporation of the Township of The Archipelago was the realization by property owners that development must be carefully managed so as to minimize any negative impact on the delicate environment. To reinforce that conviction, the Township has produced a series of handbooks. Copies of the published books are available at the Township Office or click below to link to each module.

Caring for our Waterfront Property for Future Generations - 2008


From 1999 to 2005 Township inspectors conducted a Sewage System Re-inspection Program of all developed properties within The Archipelago.


The Archipelago contributed to the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council€™'s work to the rehabilitate spawning beds and fish habitat.