In 1995, Bill and Dave Darker donated this 29 hectare property in memory of their grandparents. This scenic site is bisected by Deadman’s Creek, which flows into Deep Bay on Sparrow Lake. This part of the Trent-Severn Waterway is one of the richest areas in Canada for aquatic plants.

Unique features of this property

  • a series of beaver ponds along Deadman’s Creek maintains rich wetland habitats
  • community of aquatic plants includes pond weeds, water lilies, Bladderwort and Water Milfoil
  • adjacent rocky upland has open areas and forests of White Pine, Red Maple and Red Oak
  • home to Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Five-lined Skinks and various turtles and frogs
  • uncommon plants include Round-leaved Sundew, Rose Pogonia and Pink Moccasin Orchid
  • site of an Osprey nesting platform built by Rotary volunteers in 2001

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

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Length: Length 2 km hike in to Reserve. Length of trails in reserve 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: Osprey nesting platform.

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

Find it: By road from Orillia, follow Hwy 11 North to South Sparrow Lake Road. follow to Torpitt Road and continue for 15 km. Reserve is located off Orimat Road, (GPS coordinates location)(a private cottage road), but can be accessed by hiking 2km. Park at Orimat

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