Land Donation Program

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Protecting the land you love ... forever

Moving off the land you and the family enjoyed for so many years but don't want it to become a subdivision or shopping mall? There is another way …

The Conservation Foundation is also a land trust accepting gifts of land from families who wish their beloved cottage or rural farm property to remain in a natural state forever. On average, we accept one or two properties each year to add to the stock of future conservation lands in our valley.


Here is the story of a lovely property donation
from Dr Eva Furesz of Ottawa …

When Dr. Eva Furesz thought about what she would ultimately do with her summer island property, she knew one thing. She wanted it to stay as it is…a natural, refreshing, restorative place for people to visit and enjoy. She and her family enjoyed 30 years of peace and quiet on the one-acre dot in the middle of Eastern Ontario’s Upper Rideau Lake. She considers the island about as close to paradise on earth as anyone could ever hope for.

But, as in many families, the Furesz children grew up and moved away to start new family traditions in far away places. Eva continued to enjoy the island but it was becoming a burden to maintain the paths, the dock and the cabins by herself.

Eva approached the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation (RVCF) for advice. The Foundation, founded in 1970, has an active land securement plan and strong track record in managing donated land through agreement with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). Other groups also accept gifts of land in exchange for a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the property. Groups like the Rideau Waterway Land Trust Foundation, local municipalities and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Several donation options are available.


Here's How it Works:

If your family, or someone you know, is at the stage of divesting themselves of the responsibility and the workload of natural land in the Rideau Valley, we would love to give them the opportunity to have their special land remain the same just the way their family enjoyed it in perpetuity. It is possible and more and more people are considering it.

If they would call us in total confidence at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext 1124, we would love to give you all the options about making an amazing legacy gift to the people of the Rideau Valley by donating your land for future conservation purposes. The Conservation Foundation pays all of the costs associated with the transfer of title…it would cost you nothing and give you several valuable things: real peace of mind about the future of your land, a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of your land, the possibility of naming rights to the new public conservation area, as well as the satisfaction of offering a gift of lasting value to the next generations of residents of this beautiful valley of ours.

In this changing world we live in, one thing is certain…the gift of your land to the Conservation Foundation assures that the land you love would stay as a naturally beautiful and functioning part of the Rideau Valley ecosystem in perpetuity. Now, there’s a nice feeling….

Lands donated to the Conservation Foundation and held in public trust as future conservation areas.

Thank you so much to our visionary donor families on behalf of the people of the Rideau Valley!

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For more information on the Land Donation Program, please call or write at 613-692-3571 ext 1124 or

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