Management planning

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Parks Canada wants to hear from Canadians as it plans the future of Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Beausoleil Island National Historic Site

 
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Parks Canada is looking to hear from Canadians and Indigenous groups as they seek input on a new draft management plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park including Beausoleil Island National Historic Site.

Located in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, only 90 minutes north of Toronto, Georgian Bay Islands National Park offers a great opportunity for new and urban Canadians to discover incredible biodiversity. Home to over 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, visitors to the park are invited to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape through various overnight options and day-trip experiences. The landscape of barren, glacier-scraped rock and windswept pines that fired the imagination of the Group of Seven artists dominates northern Beausoleil Island, the park’s largest island and the hub for visitor activities. 

Beausoleil Island is also a national historic site, where human cultural heritage is evident for today’s visitors to discover. For over 7,000 years, people have been living in the beautiful Georgian Bay Islands landscape, where Parks Canada is committed to presenting and celebrating the contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationship Indigenous peoples have with traditional lands and waters. 

Parks Canada is currently preparing a management plan for Georgian Bay Islands National Park, including Beausoleil Island National Historic Site. The management plan will guide decisions and actions in protecting, presenting and operating the park for the next decade and beyond. The draft management plan has identified opportunities related to resource conservation in a fragmented landscape and long-term asset sustainability in the wake of climate change. It aims to enhance visitor experiences and facilitate easier access, strengthen the park’s formal relationships with Indigenous communities, and find ways to improve park awareness and community support.

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Management planning cycle

Management plan cycle explained, see text below for further explanation.
Stages of management planning
  1. Management plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  2. State of site assessment
  3. Scoping issues and vision elements
  4. Management plan preparation
    *Indigenous and public engagement
  5. Management plan approval

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