An architect's rendering of the new IISD ELA building

Your gift to the campus improvement initiative also helps to maintain and enhance living conditions for researchers and visitors to this remote site. 

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s freshwater laboratory and a Canadian icon—a natural laboratory made up of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario on Treaty 3 traditional territory.

IISD Experimental Lakes Area’s off-the-grid freshwater research facility.

Since 1968, we have undertaken experiments on real lakes—the only place in the world where this is done—to determine how human activity impacts freshwater ecosystems and what we need to do to protect them. 

We need your help to you help to make improvements to the world’s freshwater laboratory that will ensure researchers can keep tackling emerging threats to our fresh water. 

Together, we will improve the campus by expanding lodging facilities, renovating the power supply with clean and innovative technology, and dedicating a new Centre to education and research.