The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a non-profit organization that works to protect natural areas through securing properties and managing them for the long term, ensuring their ecological integrity. NCC is partnering with the City of Kenora, local residents, cottagers and campers to protect 82 hectares (202 acres) on Town Island, at the north end of Lake of the Woods. Town Island has been enjoyed for its intact forest, undeveloped shoreline and large size by outdoor enthusiasts for generations. Although the island is currently municipally owned, the City of Kenora has been looking for a new owner that will continue to respect the abundant natural values of the island. NCC has stepped up to the challenge and is now trying to raise the funds needed to purchase the island. NCC held a public webinar presentation on March 25th, 2021 for people to learn more about the project and engage in discussion with the team. This summer they hope to complete reports on the ecology of the island, recording a detailed species “inventory” that will be the base of their 5-year management plan. Historical use of the island by boaters, hikers, children’s camps, and other visitors will be maintained throughout the project. Visit for more information.