In 1995, Charles Grant approached the Conservancy with the idea of donating two parcels of wetland owned by his family. Mr. Grant and his sisters Sandra Hamilton and Kerry Rusk transferred 8 hectares between Maple Drive and Bay Street in Orillia to the Conservancy in 1996. This property, which is surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, provides an oasis of green within the City of Orillia. The Trans-Canada Trail runs nearby.

Unique features of this property

  • five small streams converge and run through property before discharging into Lake Couchiching.

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

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GRANT WETLAND characteristics

Length: Not known
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Along the eastern boundary, a band of trees includes black walnut planted by Hugh Grant in 1949, as well as native poplars and willows
Most of the wetland is cattails and wet grassland area mixed with green ash and red osier dogwood
Beaver and muskrat are active in the wetland area
Osprey nesting platform in centre of wetland, built by volunteers

Amenities: Osprey nesting platform.

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

Find it: From Orillia, follow fittons road East to Bay Street North; turn left. Grant Wetland is on your right. Look for Conservancy sign.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.6335400
Longitude: -79.4156230