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Cooper Marsh Conservators

In 1997, the CMC was formed. Since 2008 it is a registered charity assisting in the protection and promotion of the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area. This volunteer group includes members from the general public, business community, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Cornwall and Area Birding Club. The CMC aims to raise awareness of the importance of all wetlands and the group’s fundraising efforts help offset a portion of the Marsh’s annual operating costs and have enabled the existing major restoration of the Marshes boardwalks, wildlife breeding habitat and the creation of new viewing platforms to enhance wildlife observation. CMC will continue its present fundraising activities the help offset the Marsh’s annual operating costs and to keep this very important wetland on Lake St. Francis accessible to the public for years to come.

Identity and Mission Statement of Cooper Marsh Conservators

The Cooper Marsh Conservators, a non-profit registered charity, was established in March, 2003 as a non-profit corporation and in 2008 registered as a charitable organization to help in protection, conservation, education and restoration at Cooper Marsh and to raise awareness and funding for this wetland.

Location of Cooper Marsh

The Cooper Marsh Conservation Area and its Visitor's Centre are located 18 kilometers east of Cornwall on County Road 2 near South Lancaster, Ontario, Canada and 102 kilometers west of Montreal in Quebec. We can be reached by turning off Highway 401 (Montreal to Toronto) at the Lancaster/Alexandria exit, turning south and following County Road 2 west alongside the St. Lawrence River for approximately 3 kilometers.

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area and Visitor Centre

Cooper Marsh is a provincially significant class I wetland that was restored in the early 1980s. This was a result of the foresight of the past chair of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority William T. Cooper who sought to protect this part of the Charlottenburgh Marsh for the enjoyment and education of future generations. The Cooper Marsh Conservation Area includes three wetland enclosures that were built with the assistance of Ducks Unlimited Canada. In the main wetland enclosure there are two boardwalks. In the eastern section of the main wetland enclosure there is a newly reconstructed boardwalk which has been widened and made wheelchair accessible while in the western section work is progressing on the reconstruction of the boardwalk which will also be widened and will include a new elevated viewing platform on the boardwalk. A new viewing platform has been created next to the lovely visitor’s centre, both of which are accessible by those with special needs. Come and walk the boardwalks that take you within the Marsh and also view the diverse wildlife from our blinds and viewing platforms. Look at our video on this website and see what we have to offer you. We are certain that you will enjoy this hidden jewel in Eastern Ontario.


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