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Our Community. Our Harbour.

Formed in 1991, the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) is a registered charitable corporation that represents the public interest in the revitalization of Hamilton Harbour and its watershed. For more than 30 years, the Bay Area Restoration Council has played a pivotal role in helping the community see the potential of a Harbour where nature can thrive.

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Hamilton Harbour watershed area

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# of years BARC has been connecting people to the Harbour


# of schools & organizations in the Classroom Mini Marsh Program 2023


# of native species planted in Cootes Paradise Marsh watershed in 2022

BARC programs connect the people of Hamilton and surrounding areas to the water at their doorstep. Hundreds of active volunteers contribute their time planting cattails in marsh areas, testing water samples, and monitoring the shoreline. BARC has taught thousands of school children about the creatures and plants that depend on a healthy harbour and what they can do to protect this ecosystem. And, as the voice of the community in the long-term plan to remediate the Harbour, BARC works with all levels of government, media, and the wider public to raise awareness and shift perceptions of what is possible.

Restoring Hamilton Harbour requires cooperation between all levels of government, significant resources, and the support of the surrounding communities. The 1992 Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan is unique in that public involvement is embedded into the plan through the active role BARC plays. BARC brings the perspectives of the community to the table with some 16 other stakeholder organizations who make up the implementation team. And in turn, BARC ensures that Hamilton area residents understand the progress being made, the continued threats, and the science behind the remediation efforts.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

The Bay Area Restoration Council teams up with individuals and organizations for harbour restoration. BARC is thankful for the contributions of dedicated volunteers, members, partners, and funders.