Little Bluestem Alvar Nature Reserve, a 654-acre parcel, is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and co-managed with the Couchiching Conservancy. This property adjoins the 678-acre Prairie Smoke Alvar, also owned by the NCC; these two properties are now managed under a single plan.

Globally rare alvar habitat is prevalent, showing as bare limestone pavement, conifer shrub and sedge meadow alvar habitat types. Plants, birds and insect species unique to Ontario are commonly found throughout this property.

Location:  Access is via a walking trail at the Carden Recreation Centre, or from the Prairie Smoke Alvar parking lot on Lake Dalrymple Road. Trails are not well marked; use caution if venturing to the interior of this property.

Link to brochure and trail map:

2oldguyswalking website has a short review of this trail, with map and images. Go here to read this review.

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Little Bluestem Alvar Nature Reserve characteristics

Length: 3 km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Rock
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

Attractions: alvar,

The Couchiching Conservancy 705-326-1620

Find it: Carden Recreation Centre, 258 Lake Dalrymple Road

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.6619410
Longitude: -79.0997240