A TIWLT Success: Looking back at Old Baldy and Charleston Lake

By May 1, 2020 June 9th, 2020 No Comments

Old Baldy on Charelston Lake is an iconic landmark, a natural formation near the top of a 25m high granite cliff that looks strikingly like a human head.  It is said that the Aboriginal people believed that this figure was the guardian spirit of the lake. Charleston Lake has over 160km of shoreline, and features more than 100 islands. At its deepest point, this most southerly lake trout lake in Canada is 100m deep. It is also one of the anchor points of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Many don’t realize that behind Old Baldy is a spectacular 130 acre forest and wetland, featuring habitat for dozens of species, including many at-risk species.

In 2010, preliminary planning approval was given to create three new 10-acre cottage lots on the land above and behind Old Baldy. Had this gone ahead, the natural unspoilt beauty would have been lost forever. TIWLT spearheaded a fundraising effort and along with other groups and the dedicated work of two Charleston Lake families, Old Baldy was saved and placed into permanent conservation with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. An important part of our world was saved and will now be enjoyed … 4ever!