Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

In 2007, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced the creation of a national marine conservation area in the northwestern part of Lake Superior. Spanning about 10,000 km2, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area is the largest freshwater protected area in the world. First Nations, other government partners, communities and stakeholders have all contributed to this achievement.

Lake Superior has been home to First Nations for thousands of years and it continues to be culturally and spiritually significant to Aboriginal people in the region. This area of great beauty provides opportunities to connect with nature through incredible experiences, such as kayaking its untamed waters or trying out recreational fishing with the whole family.

Herons, peregrine falcons and bald eagles soar overhead, and white-tailed deer, moose and caribou can occasionally be seen along the shores. Some 70 species of fish live in Lake Superior and the marine conservation area includes the spawning grounds of whitefish, lake herring, walleye, coaster brook and lake trout. Numerous shipwrecks found in the cold, clear waters are a legacy to the great lake’s maritime history and its ferocious storms.

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Some 70 species of fish live in Lake Superior
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