Friends Of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area


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The Friends are a non-profit , community based volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area and its resources.

Located at the north end of the City of Brockville, Ontario, just 2 km from Highway 29, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is operated by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and includes 532 hectares (1314 acres) of wetland, field and forest.


  • Movie Night Saturday, Sept. 27, Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. Come out and enjoy an outdoor movie with the family at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. To celebrate the CRCA’s 50th anniversary this year we thought it would be fun to show a movie from 1964 - Mary Poppins. Dress warmly, bring your blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase in the Nature Centre. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
  • Fall Festival - Family Fun Saturday, October 4, 11 am - 3 pm * Husky Dog Cart Races (main attraction) ; Pumpkin Carving for Children ; Entertainment – The Hoolies – (Fiddlers Plus Group); Canoes & Kayaks (free rental); Canteen ; Displays; $5.00 per vehicle
  • Membership New & Renewal - Individual or family, Membership Fee $25.00 : Mail to: Friends of MJWA 4673 Debruge Rd. , Elizabethtown, ON K6T 1A5
  • The Mac Johnson Master Plan and maps are now posted on the CRCA website. You can find the Executive Summary at CRCA website. This plan will determine how the area will be protected, developed and used over the next 20 years.

    *** NEWS ***
    ** Ongoing - since 1998 - Benches, trail markers and maintenance on north and south side trails
    ** The wheelchair accessible trail (Trail 1) was begun in 1999 by the Friends of MJWA and completed by the employees of Procter and Gamble on September 22, 2000.
    ** May 8, 2001 - Check out the firepit built by The Friends from the Dupont donation.
    ** Spring 2002 - Fall 2007- the Friends and Procter and Gamble employees put fencing (2000 metres) along Centennial Road.
    **Fall 2008 - The Friends completed a new skating shelter
    **Fall 2009 - New docks for north and south side of the reservoir were completed. New trees were planted in the nursery
    ** Fall 2010 - Dock extensions for north and south side were completed.
    ** Fall 2011 - New Canoe Launch area on Centennial Rd. - Docks and parking area

    • Maintenance of and improvements to the area with a focus on the preservation of wildlife, vegetation and the existing natural features and environment.
    • Promotion of the area and its resources to the community in order to increase public awareness and appreciation.
    • The encouragement of on-site educational and interpretive programs.
    • Organization of special events.
    • Raising funds from membership, corporate sponsorship and donations to develop new programs and area features as well as supplement existing attractions.

    • It is a provincially significant Class 1 Wetland
    • Home of over 160 species of migratory and nesting birds
    • Sand dunes are an interesting feature of the remnants of old marine beaches
    • Abundant herptile populations - frogs, turtles, salamanders and snakes
    • Rich aquatic life
    • Varied landscape from fields and meadows to forests and swamps
    • Bog and fen environments containing fascinating carnivorous plants
    • Large mammal population
    • Historically significant features - 1860's farmstead, abandoned railway bed and the mill on Buell's Creek

    • Is an act which provides personal rewards in terms of physical activity and the pleasure of community involvement.
    • Is a vital show of support for a treasured part of our Canadian heritage - - the preservation of one of our beautiful and unique natural environments. In this sense, a Friend is a patron of both culture and nature.
    • Entitles members to voting privileges in the group, a receipt for income tax purposes and the option of receiving the minutes of the Friends group.
    To learn more about the Friends write to :
    Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
    4673 Debruge Road
    Ellizabethtown, ON
    K6T 1A5

    Enquiries : E-mail Doug / 613-342-3062

    Memberships : E-mail Steve / 613-345-2860

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