Two diversions at the end of the 1800’s separated the Old Ausable Channel (OAC) from the Ausable River. The channel runs through several neighbourhoods in Grand Bend before passing through Pinery Provincial Park. It is slowly evolving from a river-like into a pond-like ecosystem. The OAC provides important habitat for fish and other animals. This natural feature provides valuable recreation opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, turtle and birdwatching.

 

 

Thank you to the funding partners for OAC Management:

 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
Environment and Climate Change Canada Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)

and also …
Numerous local groups and volunteers that have offered their in-kind time and services