Protect your lake by restoring a natural shoreline

We want to help you improve your lake’s water quality by reducing run-off and attracting wildlife like butterflies and frogs.

How it works
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    Plan

    We visit your site and work with you to create a custom plan suited to your shoreline and your aesthetics.

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    Plant

    In the Fall, we’ll come and plant the plants. We work with sponsors to subsidize the costs!

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    Transform

    Our shorelines are designed to need minimal maintenance. Over the next few years, you’ll see your shoreline transform!

Interested? We have funding for Southern Ontario! Contact us

Discover beautiful native plants!

We work with you to choose plants you will love. Native plants require less maintenance, and are loved by butterflies and other animals. You can get started by exploring our plant database and saving your favourites.

Visit the plant database

Thank you to our donors!

Natural Edge is grateful to the Daniel and Susan Gottlieb Foundation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for their support of the Natural Edge program.

Become a donor
  • outdoors-water-sun

    42

    Lakes

  • eco-house

    122

    Properties

  • outdoors-tree-valley

    11,550

    Shrubs & trees

  • organic-plant

    18,500

    Square meters

We plan the project together

Our app means that we can make the plan together. You get the final say on everything, from where you put your water access, to plant height, to plant choice. We want you to love your shoreline! Want to learn how to plan your own shoreline? We have workshops for that.

Let us know you're interested
Good suggestions based on an excellent knowledge of plant species, where they would work best to protect shoreline and enhance existing vegetation. Also, locate where they have the best chance of survival. I had a number of questions about the appearance and growth rates which were answered with no problem. I was also happy that Watersheds was willing to put in extra time to clarify the details of the plan. An excellent plan and the planting was carried out promptly, at low cost due to the Natural Edge contribution. Thanks very much!
Tom and Dave Stowe

Why are shorelines important?

Throughout their lifetimes, over 90% of wildlife species use these land-water interfaces for food, shelter, breeding, and rearing areas. Shorelines also protect your property from erosion, and prevent harmful substances getting into your lake. The less human effects, the less likelihood you get algae blooms too.

Some of our shorelines

Exmaple of a completed shoreline
Exmaple of a completed shoreline
Exmaple of a completed shoreline
Exmaple of a completed shoreline