This page provides you with information related to the proposed Archibald Lake Wilderness Area, near the St. Mary’s River, and how you can show your support.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF
ARCHIBALD LAKE WILDERNESS AREA.
On October 14th, 2020, the provincial government announced the designation of approximately 7,940 acres of Crown land along the St. Mary’s River as St. Mary’s River Provincial Park – that’s wonderful!
Unfortunately, the nearby proposed Archibald Lake Wilderness Area was not included during the latest round of designations. The reason given - “additional time is needed before making a decision on its protection,” but no timeline for a decision to be made was provided. When will Archibald Lake Wilderness Area be designated?
The protection of Archibald Lake Wilderness Area would prohibit Atlantic Gold from using the lake as the water supply for their proposed Cochrane Hill gold mine project, and rightly so. Next to the St. Mary’s River is no place for a gold mine, and neither the river nor Archibald Lake could withstand the massive amounts of water that would be withdrawn to run a huge gold mine operation.
Archibald Lake and its surrounding forest have been identified as a conservation priority since 2011, (number 10 on this map). This high conservation value Crown land parcel has been repeatedly identified as one of the most significant properties in the Province needed for nature conservation. The conservation value of Archibald is no less true today, and is perhaps even more important as we face the mounting crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and threats to our native species.
Thank you to all who sent a letter to the Nova Scotia Liberals calling for the protection of Archibald Lake as a Wilderness Area.