In 2002, John and Betty McCulloch donated a 9 hectare natural property near Eight Mile Point on Lake Simcoe to the Couchiching Conservancy. The McCullochs were concerned with the heavy cottage development occurring along the nearby shores and wanted to protect this special area as a place of refuge. The decision of the McCulloch family to entrust this property to the Conservancy means that it will remain forever in its natural state, as a sanctuary to be enjoyed by both wildlife and people for generations to come.  Backs onto the Oro-Medonte recreational rail trail.

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Length: Not known
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Upland areas treed by hardwood forest and early successional forest and meadow.
Home to active Beaver pond, Great Blue and Green Herons
Partly within the Carthew Bay provincially significant wetland
Good example of old boulder beach

Amenities: None reported

The Couchiching Conservancy 1485 Division Road West, Orillia, ON General inquiries Tel: 705-326-1620

Find it: From Orillia, follow Hwy 11 South to 14th Line, Oro-Medonte; cross overpass and go east towards Lake Simcoe. At Lakeshore Road, turn right. Look for Conservancy sign about 1 km along.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.5217910
Longitude: -79.4400640