OTCC’s New Location

A Place to Grow Into

Artists rendition of OTCC's new location

Artist depiction of our new facility, generously donated by artist Ray McNeice.

“Where Community and Conservation Connect”

We’re sure you’ve heard…Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is building our forever home! Our new, purpose-built, facility will be located 10 minutes from our currently leased site, on 100 acres of land gifted to us by Mary and Gerry Young.

Phase 1 is complete – we renovated two buildings at our new site, adding over 3,000 sq. ft. to house recovering turtles!

Phase 2 is well underway – we have broken ground and are building our own 10,000 sq. ft. permanent facility! This will house our new hospital – including ICU, hatchling area, and education centre; allowing greater capabilities for all.

None of this would be possible without the generosity of our supporters, including our donors, capital campaign contributors, and of course Mary and Gerry Young.

OTCC’s New Location – Most Recent Updates

December 2023

A little sneak peek and a big THANK YOU!

Thank you to all our donors, big and small, for your support getting us here. Check out the video for a little sneak peek inside our new facility!

November 2023

The new facility is taking shape!

Construction is progressing rapidly and on schedule! The pictures at right show progress as of October and November, 2023.

Construction progress as of October, 2023
Construction progress as of Nov 15, 2023

August 2023

We have broken ground at our new facility!

Present were the major pillars of our Capital Campaign as well as local dignitaries. Construction is due to be completed by the end of the year, and we hope to be using it by next turtle season!

Read the full August 2023 update.
Groundbreaking ceremony at OTCC's new location, July 2023.

Why do we need a new facility?

Our current location is limited in space and scope… a new dedicated facility and grounds will provide opportunity to have a greater impact on conservation by having…

More capacity to fulfill our potential as a leading-edge teaching hospital
More space to incubate and hatch eggs collected from turtles admitted to our hospital
Greater scope for the public to get involved and learn about conservation
More space to overwinter more hatchlings, therefore increasing survival when released

Watch the Videos

Guided Tour with Dr. Sue Carstairs

Get a sneak peak at our new location, complete with drone footage!

Conceptual Design of our Future Home

“Fly” through the conceptual plans of our new location.

Past Updates

Spring 2023

Read our Spring 2023 newsletter update!

Update 2021

Thanks to our generous donors, we have finished renovating two buildings at our new site. This was Phase 1 of our long-term plan and has added over 3,000 sq ft to house recovering turtles!

But, that is only the start of our BIG plans! Phase 2 involves building our own permanent facility on this same property. We plan to build a new 10,000 sq. ft. building that will house our new hospital – including ICU, hatchling area, and education centre!

Read the full 2021 Update

Update 2020

OTCC has been generously offered the use of property nearby, to expand into.  With huge thanks to Mary and Gerry Young, we are so fortunate to be able to see this project unfold. Mary and Gerry Young were born on this property, and have a great respect and love for nature.  They would like their property to be protected forever, and to be used for conservation purposes.  We met them at one of OTCC’s Open Houses, which made them think that OTCC would be a perfect fit for their property!

The property lies on 100 acres very close to our current location, we have renovated two existing buildings on the site to allow us to expand our capacity.

OTCC Executive and Medical Director, Dr. Sue Carstairs, toasts Mary Young.

Above Left: OTCC Executive and Medical Director, Dr. Sue Carstairs, toasts Mary Young, for her generous donation:  Mary and her brother Gerry are indeed Turtle Heroes!

Photo of OTCC Executive and Medical Director Sue Carstairs, Mary Young, Gerry Young, and OTCC Vice-Chair Colin Cassin, on the day OTCC and the Young siblings signed our mutual agreement.

Above Right: On the day we signed our mutual agreement;  from left to right- OTCC Executive and Medical Director Sue Carstairs, Mary Young, Gerry Young, and OTCC Vice-Chair Colin Cassin.

For our “Phase 1”, we have now completed two buildings on this property.  We completely gutted the building (below left) and added all new electrical (thank you Mike Scriver; electrician!).  We also had a new well dug (Herb Land Well Drilling did this for the turtles free of charge!), and new furnace and plumbing.  The rest was mainly done with a lot of elbow grease from some amazing volunteers. The finished result for the first building is shown below (right) and this building has been in use all season, allowing more room at our main centre for admissions!

We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation, the Rotary Club of Barrie and all our amazing supporters, for making this project happen!

Second Building

The second building is now completed, and you can see the evolution below.  We are delighted with the results, and so are the many turtles that are now recuperating there for the winter!  Thank you once again to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for their support on this project!

Above: The second building shown before renovations were started

Above: The second building now completed and full of grateful turtles!

We are so lucky to have been given the opportunity to grow into this property!

Stay tuned for more updates and plans!

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