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We have several demonstration sites on public property that anyone can visit.

They highlight some of the best management practices available to shoreline property owners, while addressing local concerns on public property.

Check out these sites to get ideas for your own shoreline and to enjoy some time outdoors by a local lake or river.

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  • Killarney Bay Parkette
  • William's Creek
  • 50 Wolfe Street

Killarney Bay Parkette, Balsam Lake

Killarney Bay Rd. and Cedar Dr., Cameron

Photo: Killarney Bay Parkette Residents of Killarney Bay and members of the Killarney Bay Cedar Point Cottage Association recognized the need for shoreline protection in the community and partnered with the City of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha Conservation to undertake a planting in 2011. 


Tall Ironweed, Butterfly Milkweed, and riparian grasses provide food and habitat for native butterflies and songbirds. Photo: Big Blue Stem 


Photo: Indian Grass

Native grasses, including Big blue stem, Canada Bluejoint, and Indiangrass, provide soil stabilization and absorb nutrients.

Bluejoint and Indiangrass are striking examples of the aesthetic value provided by riparian grasses. These grasses also improve wildlife habitat and create shade to reduce the temperature of shoreline waters. 



William's Creek, Port Perry

277 Queen Street, Port Perry

Urban creeks receive excess run-off from our towns and cities. This run-off contains excess nutrients such as fertilizers and contaminants such as oil and grease that wash over the land and into the creek after rain and melt events. William's Creek before site work began in 2004. williams creek before
williams creek after The establishment of a riparian buffer on the east bank in 2005 provided the vital protection required for a healthy urban stream. The plants selected offer strong, deep root systems that will minimize soil erosion and absorb excess nutrients that would otherwise run into the creek, and then eventually to Lake Scugog.

William's Creek in 2008

50 Wolfe Street, Lindsay

Photo: Wolfe St. after

Unstable banks due to long-term shoreline erosion and a concern for water quality prompted the design to restore native shoreline vegetation.

With City of Kawartha Lakes staff and community volunteers, we planted over 400 native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs.

The fan-like foliage and fragrance of Sweet Flag allude to its name. This moisture-loving plant excels on the shoreline, and a variety of wildlife enjoys the seed heads. Photo: Sweetflag
Photo: Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan is often selected for shoreline plantings. Drought-tolerant, resilient, and native, these bright flowers add colour and beauty.

We can help

Knowledgeable staff can help you take action!

  • Not sure where to start? Schedule a free onsite consultation and receive personalized advice for enhancing your properties and protecting water quality.
  • For training opportunities and workshops, please see our events page for current listings.

Programs and Services

Access programs and services to help you take action:


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 Shoreline Demonstration Sites

Visit a naturalized shoreline and see how you can improve your own


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 Seedling Program

Purchase native trees, shrubs, and grasses for your projects 


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 Shoreline Protection

Get free advice and information on protecting waterfronts from common shoreline issues


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 Scugog WATER Fund

Apply for a grant to help with projects on your property in Durham Region within the Kawartha Watershed



 Native Plant Distribution Program

Learn more about the Native Plant Distribution Program.