Marsh Lake, in the Sandy Lake-Sackville River Regional Park, is Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change latest designated TREASURED WETLAND!

This area is known for its ecological richness, as well as providing community education and recreation.

The wetland around the lake is a healthy ecosystem with the rich flora and fauna of an extensive wetland, including waterfowl, barred owls, mink, fox, deer, otters, loons, osprey and many reptiles and amphibians, including 3 different species of turtles! Atlantic Salmon have returned to the lake thanks to the 30+ years of work by the Sackville Rivers Association. The area has old growth Acadian Forest stands with trees 200 years old. Old growth forests are rare in Nova Scotia, and are home to species that do not live in younger forests.

Ducks Unlimited Canada in Atlantic Canada works to protect and restore this region’s wetlands. These wetlands not only provide important habitat, but also filter our drinking and recreational water and help offset flooding and droughts, benefiting us all.

Thank you to Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Cange for recognizing Marsh Lake in this way!

Nova Scotia Treasured wetlands – https://www.facebook.com/twnovascotia/

City Nature Challenge 2021 – April 30 to May 3, 2021

What is the City Nature Challenge? https://citynaturechallenge.org/

Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Lila Higgins) and California Academy of Sciences (Alison Young). The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.

Why participate in the City Nature Challenge?

There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us – scientists, land managers, and the community – working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place – for you and other species!

How to Participate – Create your own iNaturalist account

  • Visit iNaturalist.org
  • Download the app from the AppStore or Google Play
  • Sign In
  • Start sharing your observations
  • Get feedback from actual scientists, experts, and other naturalists

City Nature Challenge 2021 – Halifax Regional Municipality – https://inaturalist.ca/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-halifax-regional-municipality-ns-canada

Help put Halifax Regional Municipality on the global nature scene! On April 30th to May 5th cities/places from across the planet, from here in our province to other locations around the world, will compete for the title of the most Biodiverse City. We need your help. Whether you’re an avid naturalist or a dog walker, everyone can participate: it’s easy, fun, and will encourage you to get outdoors.

We will be using the iNaturalist digital platform to record observations, under this project. Signup to iNaturalist today and then join our ‘City Nature Challenge 2021: Halifax Regional Municipality’ project! By joining the project you will be notified when news items are added to our project page.

If you’re new to iNaturalist, then we can help {either contact us via CNC2019HRM@gmail.com or follow instructions online at https://inaturalist.ca/}.

iNaturalist – Sackville River Watershed – https://inaturalist.ca/projects/the-sackville-river-watershed?tab=species

Sackville Snow Days

This year, Snow Days is going to look a bit different. Still, we can have “snow” much fun!

Event page – https://sackvillebusiness.com/sackville-snow-days

Link to Twitter post: https://twitter.com/SBASackville/status/1359170193163968513?s=20

Link to Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/sackvillebusinessassociation/posts/3756016357777660

Sunday, February 14 1pm Virtual Tour of the Greenway Trail Online event – A guided tour of the Sackville Greenway Trail. The tour guide, Clarence Stevens, will be speaking about the flora, fauna and history. FREE Brought to you by the Sackville Rivers Association.

Sackville River Wilderness Area

Great news!! The Nova Scotia government just announced that it will create a wilderness park for Upper Sackville!! This is something the Sackville Rivers Association, CPAWS Nova Scotia and the local community have been working toward for many many years. It is a good thing for the river and a good thing for our community. 

CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-20-wilderness-areas-protected-1.5898161

Public consultation underway

The Nova Scotia government wants to hear from the public about the proposed wilderness park.

It’s crucial that they receive letters of support. You can send your letter of support to protectedareas@novascotia.ca or mail it to: Protected Areas and Ecosystems, PO Box 442, Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8. 

Please tell them:

  1. You support Sackville River Wilderness Area
  2. You want the wilderness park made bigger

The official public consultation website is here: https://novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/. And you can find a map here: https://nse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=afed7baf9ed648e8906a6491c2ba7568 

The public consultation runs until April 13th, but why wait?? Send your letter in right away.

What is a protected wilderness area?

The wilderness area designation for the public lands at Sackville River Wilderness Area means that the area will no longer be threatened with industrial activities, such as clearcutting, mining, or development. The natural area will be protected for people to enjoy forever.

The wilderness area encourages public use. The way that the area is currently being used is the way that it will be managed. You will still be able to hike, walk, bike, fish, hunt, canoe, ski, snowshoe, dogwalk, bike, etc. 

Conservation significance

  • Supports a clean and healthy Sackville River
  • Habitat for rare species: wild Atlantic salmon and turtles
  • Important wetlands and forests (including stands of old forest)
  • Wildlife corridor
  • Place for recreation in nature

Make it bigger

The proposed boundary for Sackville River Wilderness Area is too small. Tell the government you support a bigger wilderness park and that the boundary should include adjacent public lands on all sides of the protected area, but especially on the eastern side.

Thank you

Thank you for your support!! The Sackville Rivers Association has been waiting years for this wilderness park and we thank you for your help getting it across the finish line.

CPAWS – Help create 12 new protected areas in Nova Scotia!

On February 2, the Nova Scotia government announced it intends to create a number of new protected areas. This includes high-priority sites for conservation, such as Sackville River, Medway Lakes, Pomquet Beach, Wentworth Valley, and Eastern Shore Islands.

We need your help!

A public consultation is currently underway. It’s crucial that the Nova Scotia government hears from people who are supportive of these new protected areas. ALL of the new protected areas need to be established.

Additionally, two sites need to be improved.

  • The proposed boundary for Sackville River Wilderness Area is too small, and
  • The proposed boundary for Medway Lakes Wilderness Area leaves a large hole in the middle of the protected area.


​Please take a moment to write a letter of support to the Nova Scotia government for these new protected areas. In your submission, you may want to consider saying the following:

  • Protect all of the sites
  • Expand the boundary of Sackville River Wilderness Area to include adjacent public lands on the eastern side of the protected area
  • Expand the boundary of Medway Lakes Wilderness Area to fill in the big hole that occurs in the middle of the protected area


The best letters are short, to-the-point, and written in your own words. If you have a personal connection to nature, or to any of the proposed protected areas, please mention that. Even if you’ve never been to any of these areas, it is still important to say that you support nature conservation and the creation of these protected areas.

Send a letter today. Nova Scotia’s wilderness is counting on you!

SRA Celebrates Protection of Sackville River – Lewis Lake Wilderness Park

SACKVILLE – The Sackville Rivers Association (SRA) is overjoyed at the announcement by the Nova Scotia government that Sackville River Wilderness Area will soon receive a protected area designation.

“This is absolutely wonderful news”, says Walter Regan, President of SRA. “We are thrilled to know that these ecologically significant lands will forever be protected for the community to enjoy. These lands are critically important for maintaining the health of the Sackville River.”

“This new park will protect around 1,700 acres of forest, and habitat for the Wild Atlantic Salmon in one of the fastest growing areas of Nova Scotia”, adds Regan.

This new wilderness park borders the Sackville and the Shubenacadie watersheds. The Sackville River crosses the southern portion of the park, which contains wetlands and riparian zones that help maintain a healthy river. These ecosystems can offer services such as water purification, groundwater recharge and runoff control to improve habitat for species living in the Sackville River. 

Public consultations will begin shortly. It’s crucial for people to write in and support this new protected area.

For the past year, SRA has been running a campaign called “It’s Our Turn”, to encourage the Nova Scotia government to officially protect the public lands at Sackville River – Lewis Lake. This campaign acknowledges that the site has been promised for protection since 2013, but was always overlooked by the Nova Scotia government in favour of other sites.

“I want to thank the Minister of Environment directly,” says Regan. “He promised to get these lands into the next announcement and that’s exactly what he did. Thank you Minister Wilson”.

Sackville River – Lewis Lake was announced as one of 20 new protected areas in Nova Scotia. It contains important natural ecosystems, including intact forests, wetlands, rivers, and habitat for Atlantic salmon and wood turtles. This site is also important for connectivity and is a key linkage in the Halifax Greenbelt.

As one of the last remaining patches of intact wilderness in the area, the new park acts as a corridor for local wildlife to find food, habitat and passage to the nearby Pockwock and Waverly Salmon River – Long Lake Wilderness Areas. 

“Sackville River – Lewis Lake is a great place for people in our community to go out and enjoy nature,” says Walter Regan. “We can go walking, biking, swimming, fishing, and just appreciate our own backyard.”

SRA would like to thank our partner, the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NS), for working with us to protect these important lands. 

For more information, please contact:

Walter N. Regan

President, SRA

902-476-6276