Boyd (Big) Island Campaign

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Kawartha Land Trust Boyd Island Campaign Update

 Peterborough and the Kawarthas – December 7, 2015

Kawartha Land Trust has achieved its fundraising goal on the campaign to save Boyd Island.  “The fundraising goal has now been achieved and we are just waiting on a final approval from the Federal Government”, said Mike Hendren, Executive Director.

The current landowner intends to generously donate the island to KLT and in order to responsibly own and manage the island long term, the KLT Board challenged the community in August of this year to raise $1,000,000 before closing the deal.

Over 575 pledges have been made to the campaign, dozens for $10,000 or more.  Local supporting businesses include British Empire Fuels and Kawartha Dairy.  A number of individuals have pledged $100,000 including one charitable foundation, an anonymous donor and Mike Wilson, the owner of the island.

“The campaign has made amazing strides and in only four short months has exceeded the fundraising goal!” say Chris Appleton, Campaign Chair.  “I am thrilled by the generosity of the community, and the commitment and hard work of all the volunteers on our campaign team and beyond.  We are still taking pledges to support the project however our minimum goal has now been achieved.”

Plans are now in the works to establish a stewardship committee who will develop and implement a detailed management activities and stewardship plan for the property including signage, trails, picnic sites, wildlife and invasive management and permitted uses.

Boyd or Big Island is known as Chiminis by indigenous communities and is the largest undeveloped and unprotected island in southern Ontario.  The site is home to unspoiled wetlands, diverse and old growth forests, wildlife, and a wide variety of plant species. First Nations peoples used this Island as a meeting and harvesting place thousands of years ago and today it has compelling cultural value to them and to many others in the area.


If you would like to fulfill your pledge, please choose one of the following.

Cheques (Preferred):  Please make payable to “Kawartha Land Trust” with memo line stating “Boyd Island Campaign”

Mailing address: P.O Box 2338 , Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8


Credit Card : Payments can be processed online via our secure website. To do please click on the following link, ONLINE!

Please note that for the subheading “Donation details” one should select “Protect Boyd Island Fund”  for allocation of donation.


If one wishes to receive a tax receipt for the 2015 year, please ensure that your cheque is in the mail or that you process your donation online before December 31st, 2015 . Tax Receipts will then be issued in late January , early February just in time for tax season.


Our progress : $1,000,000.00



Not a problem, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for your answers!

One can support Kawartha Land Trust by making a donation or by completing  a pledge form. 

What’s the difference?  

Donations: I/We  would prefer that my/our donation be used to support the acquisition and stewardship
of Boyd Island, but I/We agree that if Boyd Island is not acquired, Kawartha Land Trust can use my/our donation in the area of greatest need.

Pledge: I/We understand that Kawartha Land Trust will be relying on my/our pledge towards its fundraising goal and I/we therefore agree to pay my/our pledge within thirty (30) days of Kawartha Land Trust acquiring Boyd Island (unless my/our pledge is to be paid out over the time set below).

Donations Details: 

Ready to make a Donation? Please click here to make an ONLINE Donation via our secure website. 

When completing the form , under the Sub-section “Donation Details”, in the first  drop down menu, please select “Protect Boyd Island” Fund.

Pledge Details

Ready to make a Pledge? Please click on one of the following options below.

Boyd Island Campaign Pledge Form (PDF)  & Sponsor an acre(s) info card. (PDF)

Please note that in order to complete the form, one must first download it and open the document in Adobe. 

Once completed, please mail or email the form to Kawartha Land Trust. Details found below.


Address: Kawartha Land Trust, 156B McDonnel Street, P.O. Box 2338, Peterborough, ON K9J 7Y8

A quote from Linwood Barclay 

“When I was a kid growing up on Pigeon Lake, Boyd Island was a world away from all the nearby cottages and resorts. A place to catch fish and frogs, explore, and where, anchored off its shore one night on a cabin cruiser, to see the Northern Lights for the first time. Boyd Island should be that one spot in the Kawarthas untouched by development. Let it exist as it did before any human being set foot on it.”

Kawartha Dairy Donation Photo

Kawartha Dairy Gives $10,000.00

To read more, please visit the following: Kawartha Dairy or The Kawartha Now


British Empire Fuels Gives $10,000.00

To read more please visit the following:British Empire or The Promoter, Volume 25, Issue 21 pg. 22


More reading material on the Help save Boyd Island Campaign. Boyd Island Campaign Brochure

Ian Attridge interviewed on CBC Ontario Morning, Nov. 18, on the successful campaign to protect Boyd Island (broadcast across southern Ontario; interview starts at minute 14:30 ends at 19:30
Ian Attridge quoted regarding Boyd Island in The Peterborough Examiner,


Have a listen to our latest Media release via CBC Radio on September 4th, 2015 (above) or  have a look at our Campaign Video (below)!

Upcoming Events:

Questions? Concerns? Or would like to drop off or fill out a Pledge or Donation Form? Not a problem, visit our Calendar to see where and when are our next events.

To view this information please click the following link;


Contact Info: 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the KLT office.

Mike Hendren

KLT Executive Director

Tel: 705-743-5599

Jessica Rogers

KLT Executive Assistant

Tel: 705-743-5599

Ian Attridge

Lands Manager

Tel: 705-743-5599