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Montreal River

Operating Dates Legend

Beginning June 1, backcountry camping and day-use will be permitted in non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves where these activities are normally available. Party size must not exceed the limit set out under the emergency order in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Facilities and Activities summary

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks hand sanitizer).
When you visit: Continue to follow public health advice including physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required and when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


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Camping - Blue - available at the park. Check operating dates.
Camping - Grey - unavailable at this park.
Camping - Red - Temporarily Unavailable
Camping - Purple - Available at park, but restrictions apply. Check operating dates. Click icon for details.

What You'll Like :

Accessible by water only, the Montreal River Provincial Nature Reserve is notable for its ancient coastlines formed over a long time. The present Lake Superior coast consists of wave-washed outcrops of granite and diabase. Inland, there is a steep bluff and related sand deposits which formed about 6,000 years ago during the Lake Nipissing stage of the Great Lakes. Above the bluff, an impressive sequence of cobble beaches or offshore bars can be traced inland to another ancient shoreline. Such bars are usually constructed of sand in the nearshore zones of lakes and oceans. Scientists believe that these unusual cobble and boulder bars may be unique in the Great Lakes. Slopes and gullies include forests of jack pine and spruce, while sugar maple and mixed forests grow on the uplands. On the Nipissing sand plain there are forests of pine, birch and spruce. The reserve’s most significant biotic community is found on its raised cobble bars. Here, mats of lichen and bearberry and groves of pines and birch appear as open barrens. Mixed forest surrounds the lichen barrens on all sides.

Park Facilities and Activities: The nature reserve is managed to protect its significant landscapes and habitats, especially the lichen barrens. As the lichen barrens are easily trampled and eroded, visitors should avoid walking on them. There are no visitor facilities. The unauthorized collection of rocks, plants, or other natural objects is prohibited. Anyone wishing to conduct research must obtain an approved research application.

Location: Adjacent to Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Montreal River Harbour.

General Information
(705) 882-2209
Size: 43.70 ha
Year established: 1968
Park Classification: Nature Reserve
Northeast Zone c/o Box 61
Batchawana Bay
P0S 1A0

Tread Lightly. Nature Reserve