Overview

This preserve protects 3.46 hectares (8.55 acres) of forested land surrounding a stream which flows into the Kingston Creek in Lower Kingston on the Kingston Peninsula, Kings County.

History

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The Reg Bonney Nature Preserve is within traditional Wolastoqiyik territory. The preserve was donated in 2017 by Reginald G. Bonney to conserve its ecological features and expand the amount of land conserved in the unique landscape of the Lower Wolastoq (Saint John) River watershed. This preserve was part of Reg Bonney’s family heritage. There was once a homestead and apple orchard with a surrounding woodlot on the steep hillside in the southeastern corner of the nature preserve. Culturally interesting in the neighborhood is the landing of the Empire Loyalists, who built a dam at the stream to run lumber and gristmills. 

Ecology

The nature preserve is part of the Lower Wolastoq (Saint John) River watershed and the tip of Kingston Creek is a marsh, classified as Provincially Significant Wetland. The marsh and floodplain habitat of the preserve are important for species such as marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) and Carey’s smartweed (Persicaria careyi).

Access and Activities

Access to the nature preserve is along highway 845, just after Backland Road. Parking is possible alongside Backland Road.

*The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. While this nature preserve is open for public access, visitors must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.