Located just west of Washago, the Robert and Emily Fawcett Natural Area is a 38 hectare wetland donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1991 by Catherine E Ferry and Harold H. Fawcett. Ownership of this parcel was transferred to The Couchiching Conservancy in 2013. It is immediately adjacent to the Trent-Severn Waterway, and is a good example of southern Shield habitats.

Unique features of this property

  • treed with Red Maple in much of the wetland area; open wetland areas have dead Cedars and Sphagnum mats with fen species
  • granite ridge provides a pleasant walk with views over the wetland.

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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:

Uncommon plants include Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Pink Moccasin Orchid and Skunk Cabbage
Habitat and nesting area for song birds such as wood warblers, thrushes and vireos, American Bitterns and Red-shouldered Hawks
Home to Spring Peepers, Green, Wood and Tree Frogs

Amenities: None reported

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

Find it: 4356 Fawcett Rd, Washago, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.7525060
Longitude: -79.3486750