Washabuck, photo by Jessica Klein
Little Narrows Eagle- Photo by Jessica Klein


Our Mission:

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is a private environmental non-profit organization located on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.  The organization was formed in 1991 to pursue the objectives of:

1. Protecting environmentally significant private land in the Bras d’Or watershed; and

2. Educating Cape Breton communities and visitors to the area about the unique ecological and cultural heritage of the Bras d’Or Lakes.

We are the only non-profit land trust operating out of Cape Breton.

How We Work:

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust partners with private landowners, organizations and communities to conserve and protect ecologically important habitat through land donation, purchase, and conservation easements. It was the first “designated conservation organization” under the then newly enacted Nova Scotia Conservation Easements Act in 1993. We also sponsor the Bras d’Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre as part of our mandate to increase public awareness and appreciation for the Bras d’Or Lakes.

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency, able to issue tax deductible receipts for donations and gifts. The organization is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Bras d'Or Preservation Nature Trust Board of Directors

Together we can ensure the rich ecology of this place is protected and preserved for the future

You Can Help Us!


A non-profit like the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust, cannot survive without support from communities, individuals, corporations, government, local business, and other non-profit organizations. There are many ways that you can help us achieve our mission. Here are just a few ideas:

1. Learn

You can learn about the remarkable natural and cultural heritage of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Discover ways that you can have a positive influence on this special place through your decisions and actions. You’ve already started by visiting our website. Why not come to Baddeck and visit the Interpretive Centre with your family, friends, or classmates? Become informed and share that knowledge with others. Together we can ensure the rich ecology of this place is protected and preserved for the future!

2. Protect

If you own property within the watershed, we would be happy to share with you some of our success stories of how other private land owners are taking steps today to ensure that important ecological and cultural features of their properties are protected forever. Conservation easements can be tailored to suit the needs of your family or business; now and into the future. Contact us to discuss what options might be suitable for you. Create a living legacy for the future!

3. Preserve

You can make a donation of land, now or as bequest. We can help ensure that your ecological gift of nature is preserved for the purpose and use that you desire. Whether that be a nature sanctuary or a place the public can visit to learn from and be in nature. We would be honored to help you carry out your wishes. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation of land.

4. Support

Every little bit helps. We appreciate support in all forms. If you can give a dollar to our cause, you will be helping us make a difference! It might help us plant a tree, or give information to school kids, or protect a little piece of invaluable habitat. It all helps, and we appreciate and can always use cash donations of any amount. Thank you! If you operate a business, we can also use in-kind gifts to help us run our organization. Please get in touch!

Have other ideas? We’d love to hear them! Contact us here.

The beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes…


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