Set back from the Severn River near Sparrow Lake, this 12 hectare property was donated to the Conservancy by the family of Ross E. Butler in 2001. The protection of this land was a long held dream for Ross. This reserve offers scenic rolling landscape that is typical of the gneissic rocklands of the southern Canadian Shield, along with a boggy wetland.

Unique features of this property

  • Proximity to Crown Land provides connected habitats for native flora and fauna;
  • Treed areas of white pine and both red and white oaks, with areas of open bog;
  • Home to the rare and protected Massasauga rattlesnake;
  • Part of the Severn River corridor, internationally known for its rare plants including Atlantic Coastal Plains flora.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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HELEN M. BUTLER RESERVE characteristics

Length: 4 km hike into to property. Property trail length not known
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported

Amenities: None reported

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

Find it: From Orillia travel north on Hwy 11 to South Sparrow Lake Road; follow SSLR to Torpitt Road in the village of Port Stanton; follow Torpitt Road to the Orimat Road. Park here (at GPS coordinates) and hike in about 4 km along this private cottage road. You

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.8146260
Longitude: -79.4116820