CONSERVATION MANITOU is a registered charity and is accredited by Environment Canada under the Ecological Gifts Program.

Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship services in perpetuity.

The region around Lake Manitou comprises important topographical, ecological and heritage features. It is situated on a high plateau, and its mountains, mature forests, wetlands, streams, tributary lakes, and abundant flora and fauna, form a vital ecosystem contributing to the health of the lake and its watershed. “It is also a priority sector for facilitating the movement of wildlife in the Lower Laurentians”, explains Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “The area surrounding Lake Manitou forms part of the Tremblant-Prevost Natural Corridor included in the conservation plan of the Nature Conservancy of Canada which has identified it as one of the eco-sensitive zones most at risk in the Laurentians.”

President: Stephen Takacsy
4342 Westmount Avenue, Westmount, Quebec H3Y IW3

Online Donations – Conservation Manitou

Your contribution makes it possible for Canadian land trusts and American Friends to permanently protect Canada’s lakes, rivers, shorelines, wetlands, forests, for the benefit or fish, wildlife, and all of us.

American Friends assists organizations dedicated to protecting Canada’s iconic landscapes by accepting gifts of cash, securities and land from US taxpayers who recommend grants to American Friends’ partners. American Friends is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a publicly-supported charity; therefore gifts to American Friends are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers

By selecting Conservation Manitou from the list below you can recommend that your donation (minus a small percentage retained by American Friends to cover costs of administering its grant program) be used to make a grant to a specific Canadian conservation organization. Grantees meet American Friends’ strict eligibility criteria and are in good standing with American Friends. Please read the terms for making grant recommendations to American Friends. (If your favorite Canadian conservation charity is not listed, encourage them to contact American Friends.)

If you wish to support American Friends’ innovative and successful cross-border conservation program that is permanently preserving ecologically significant land and water across Canada simply select its name from the list below.

By selecting a Canadian grantee, you are acknowledging that American Friends’ board has absolute discretion and exclusive power to decide whether or not to follow your recommendation and that, as required by the Internal Revenue Service, American Friends will not accept contributions earmarked for or directed to a specific Canadian organization.

You can donate as little or as much as you’d like. Just type the amount in the box below and click Donate Now to begin the process. The website will issue a receipt and an official gift acknowledgement letter for tax purposes will follow via email.

If you prefer to send a check go to the Donate Cash page for instructions.  To donate securities, please contact Sandra Tassel, 360-515-7171 or


Due to credit card processing fees and grant administration the minimum online donation is $200. However there is no maximum!

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Donation Total: $200 One Time