Protecting Talisman Lands Association

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Protect Nature

in the heart of the Beaver Valley

We are working to:

  • Stop the sale of the municipally owned lands for development

  • Develop only at the original Talisman resort building sites, at similar footprints and densities as exist currently

  • Preserve lands around the Beaver River, including the former golf course, as a natural area, accessible by the public

  • Protect lands on Sideroad 7A west of escarpment (“Upper Talisman lands”) as rural agricultural land and green space

  • Maintain Sideroad 7A as a seasonal light traffic road

  • Conduct updated environmental studies documenting biological diversity and the Beaver River floodplain, recognizing the increased risk due to climate change and the possibility of catastrophic events impacting critical infrastructure 

  • Provide an optimal route for the Bruce Trail and better linkages between the Bruce Trail, the Kimberley Forest, and Grey Sauble Conservation Authority trails

This sale will not bring back Talisman, the resort we knew and loved. The ski hill and the original lodge building properties continue to be owned by another company. This is about developing the green space all around it. We all would like to see Talisman open its doors again but not surrounded by development and not at the cost of the environment. 

Instead of sweetheart deals and dubious economic growth schemes, we need good jobs and development that respects farmers, the escarpment and the environment.  

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The Beaver Valley is an incredibly beautiful area of Ontario. Created millennia ago through the erosion of escarpment rock, it is flanked by majestic cliffs, and gifted with rich agricultural land, abundant flora and fauna, as well as unique yet fragile ecosystems. The 273 acre Talisman site near the village of Kimberley boasts all of these assets: Along its top runs the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve and the Bruce Trail, Canada’s longest marked footpath. Streams flow down the valley into the Beaver River, teeming with life, which then runs into Georgian Bay.

A Special Place to be Preserved

We think this special and unique valley needs to be protected. Unfortunately, the Municipality of Grey Highlands Council is going in the opposite direction, pushing forward with development of these pristine, publicly-owned lands. Despite vigorous community opposition and significant concerns about the sale process, it is selling 75 acres of lush Beaver River waterfront with spectacular views of Old Baldy for $1 million and 59 acres of prime farmland at the top of the hill for only $1.5 million. This was $275 thousand less than an offer from the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.

Photo by Ingrid Remkins

The Talisman site

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