Margaret Atwood donated this special property set within the forested hills of the Oro Moraine to the nature Conservancy of Canada. An additional 7 hectares were purchased to consolidate a large block of forest habitat around the Reserve by linking to adjacent properties owned by the County of Simcoe and the Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club. The Couchiching Conservancy signed a stewardship agreement in 2003 for the 35 hectares with the Reserve.

Unique features of this property

·      part of the East Coulson provincially significant wetland is located within this property

·      surrounded by upland forest as well as headwaters for the Coldwater River

·      important to the water recharge of the Oro Moraine

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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:

– Home to forest interior birds such as Scarlet Tanager, Wood thrush and Black-throated Green Warbler
– Nesting area for Red-shouldered Hawk
– Vernal pools provide ideal conditions for many species of frogs and salamanders
– Good diversity of vascular plants and butterflies

Amenities: None reported

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

Find it: 510 Bass Lake Sideroad E, Moonstone, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.5625700
Longitude: -79.5564720