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HELP PROTECT the Cation Property

Help Create a New Nature Reserve in Our Backyard!

We have a time sensitive opportunity to permanently protect an environmentally significant 660 acre property close to our beloved Four Mile Lake.

The property is located between Balsam Lake, Indian Point and Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park in a significant conservation corridor. It includes outstanding geological features: limestone escarpment, forested areas, provincially significant wetland and open grasslands that are habitat for rare and endangered species.

It is reported that logging occurred on this land in the 1800s. Following, the property was used as a farm and subsequently an outfitter purchased and used the land training dogs for hunting.

By protecting this property we will be able to help enhance the forest, conserve the wetlands that flow directly into Balsam Lake, and ensure the species that live here will have a secure habitat for years to come.

Land owners David and Sharon Cation want to donate this property to Kawartha Land Trust.

When David Cation’s mother died in 1998, he and his brother didn’t know exactly what to do with her small estate. What they eventually decided to do was to purchase a property and protect it.

"We decided to buy land for future generations which is what our parents had done all their lives. Buying the French Settlement Road property to give to future generations is merely keeping her legacy alive. We wish she could be here to participate.” David & Sharon Cation

As with all properties, before KLT can accept the gift, we need to raise a stewardship endowment fund to ensure the property can be cared for in perpetuity, as well as the required securement related expenses. Total funds to be raised approximately $200,000. Volunteers will also be needed to help make this project possible.

You’re invited to come see for yourself what makes this property a special place worth protecting!

Join us for a walk and talk tour, or participate in a volunteer work party or simply explore the property independently:

Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guided walks departing at 10:30 a.m.

RSVP at or 705-743-5599

About KLT: Kawartha Land Trust’s mission is “Caring for lands entrusted to us and helping others protect the land they love. KLT is a non-government registered charity dedicated to conserving the natural environment and enhancing quality of life in the Kawartha area.

KLT now protects 14 properties comprising 3,355 acres of diverse and significant landscapes with a donated land value of $8.7 Million, supported by an amazing team of over 120 volunteers.

For more information or to donate visit the website at, email or call 705-743-5599

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