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Montreal River

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Non-operating parks do not have operating dates. Please note that activities and facilities may be temporarily unavailable or restricted for public health.

Facilities and Activities summary

Availability of some facilities and activities may be restricted to specific areas of the park, may be ecologically dependent, or may be seasonally weather dependent.

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks, mask/face covering, and hand sanitizer). Postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate.

When you visit: Continue to follow public health advice including practicing physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required, when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible and when entering indoor public spaces, and wash your 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.
Camping - Grey - unavailable at this park.
Camping - Red - temporarily unavailable due to public health restrictions.
General Information
Regional Health Unit for this Park: Algoma Public Health Unit
(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

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.