The Barney Lake Nature Reserve was built over several years. The first 300-acre parcel was acquired in 2002. It is adjacent to Cape Hurd Road, and as the name suggests, includes most of Barney Lake. In 2006, a further 50 acres were acquired from the Meyer Family. This property was not adjacent to the existing nature reserve. In 2012, EBC acquired a 45-acre parcel which was

Barney Lake Nature Reserve Trailhead

contiguous to the initial 300-acre reserve. This new parcel included alvar, wetland and dense forest. Finally, in 2015, we acquired the Hobson Nature Reserve with the significant contributions from Emily Hobson and our donors as well as support from the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This parcel brought all of our parcels together in one contiguous piece protecting land from the Lake Huron shoreline all the way to Barney Lake. This funding also helped us develop a new trail on the property which leads you through alvar, wetlands and ultimately to the Lake Huron shoreline.

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy is a charitable land trust whose role is to help you conserve land.

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Length: approximately 4 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Rock
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: none
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: alvar

Contact: 1-888-815-9575

Find it: This property can be accessed by following Cape Hurd Road. Starting from Highway 6 follow Cape Hurd Road west. About 100 yards before the road veers north, pull to the south side of the road and park here. You can walk to the lake and enjoy the scenery!

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.2138800
Longitude: -81.6775070