On behalf of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I want to thank you all for your support of the proposal to create an Urban Wilderness Park within the Williams-Colpitt Lake portion of the Backlands. Your letters, emails and presence at City Hall for the vote clearly demonstrated to Council that people care about this place. The 14-1 vote to pursue detailed discussions was a victory in itself.
The history of the Williams Lake Dam from the 1700s up to the present has been added to the History and Culture section of our website.
From its early days as a conduit for the local forestry industry through the founding of the Williams Lake Conservation Company (WLCC) at the suggestion of the Nova Scotia Water Commission in 1968 the dam has been essential to the health of Williams Lake.
With the recent vote the Halifax Regional Municipality has given the go-ahead for negotiations to acquire the Williams Lake/Purcells Cove Backlands for a wilderness park to be managed the the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This bald eagle was seen having lunch at Williams Lake at the end of September. Bald Eagles are occasionally seen throughout the year around the lake, but rarely “pose” for photographers while devouring prey on the rocks.