Located in Prince Edward County’s South Shore, Monarch Point Conservation Reserve was created by the Ministry of Environment Parks and Conservation on June 16, 2023.*

Monarch Point is the first new conservation reserve designated since 1999. Named for the Monarch Butterfly, its nearly 4,000 acres were previously known as Ostrander Point Crown Land Block and Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area. Near an International Butterfly Reserve at Prince Edward Point, Monarch Point provides critical habitat for 39 endangered and at risk species including the Monarch Butterfly, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects and plants. “In reviewing the location, Ontario Parks confirmed the area …has cultural heritage potential given its historic use and status as one of the last undeveloped stretches on Lake Ontario’s north shore.”**

** Oct 4, 2023 “Monarch Point preserves 4,000 acres” advertisement by Todd Smith, MPP, Bay of Quinte, The Times, page 24