Video | Oct 6, 2020

These Canadian Scientists Actually Experiment on Real Lakes

Did you know that there are 58 lakes in Ontario, Canada set aside for scientists to research on them?

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is the world’s freshwater laboratory and is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.

But it’s also a beautiful hidden oasis full of people, lives, stories and lots and lots of fish.

Discover all about the world’s freshwater laboratory by watching this short film…


You know that ground-breaking freshwater research you just read about? Well, that’s actually down to you.

It’s only thanks to our generous donors that the world’s freshwater laboratory—an independent not-for-profit—can continue to do what we do. And that means everything from exploring what happens when cannabis flushes and oil spills into a lake, to how we can reduce mercury in fish and algal blooms in fresh water—all to keep our water clean around the world for generations to come.

We know that these are difficult times, but the knowledge to act on scientific evidence has never been more important. Neither has your support.

If you believe in whole ecosystem science and using it to bring about real change to fresh water around the globe, please support us in any way you are able to.