Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area Takes Shape
With strict health and safety protocols in place, our restoration crew is continuing to construct a beautiful 64-acre conservation area on the Lake Ontario shoreline. This spring, we’ve planted over 4,700 trees and shrubs and are managing invasive species onsite.
Building Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area (JTLCA) is a joint effort of the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Together, we’re transforming the Lakeview neighbourhood into a hub for passive waterfront recreation, a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.
Since construction began in 2016, we’ve created two coastal wetlands, with a third one underway. We’re building underwater habitats for fish and other wildlife such as muskrats, mink, coyotes, migratory birds and many more. We’re also restoring Serson Creek, which will feed into wetlands before entering Lake Ontario.
Wildlife are already moving in. We’ve recorded 26 species of birds onsite.
Watch this video below to see the progress we’ve made in the last three years.
You can also take a digital journey of the site on the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) website with the first virtual exhibition of Morphology. Morphology is an evolving photography exhibit, documenting the construction through the eyes of creative photo artists, exploring our relationship with water, landscapes, and our shared responsibility to the Great Lakes.
We’ve done a lot so far, but there’s even more to do before this land becomes a unique and beautiful place for both people and our native wildlife in 2025.
By CVC’s Baljit Seran, Marketing and Communications Specialist