Since 1993, The Couchiching Conservancy has worked with partners and supporters to protect nature for future generations.
acres protected (almost!)
Reserves & Easements
Reserves with trails
Featured photo: Cedarhurst Alvar on the Carden Alvar (Cameron Curran).
These Nature Reserves are wild places with inherent risks. It is possible that you may encounter bears, moose, and other wild animals while visiting. Use at your own risk.
The Couchiching Conservancy acknowledges that the land on which it operates is the territory of Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, Wendat and Metis Peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Nature Reserve Etiquette
Tread lightly while visiting the Nature Reserves for these activities:
Nature appreciation, hiking, photography, snowshoeing, bird watching. Please pack out any garbage.
Keep your dog(s) on leash at all times so everyone can enjoy nature:
This ensures everyone is safe, wildlife are not bothered and that other visitors and the habitat is respected.
leave no trace. the following activities are not allowed on the reserves:
Mountain biking, harvesting and foraging, hunting and trapping, camping, motorized vehicles, paintballing and building shelters and stands.
Always be prepared for the conditions, bring safety items and get to know the Reserves:
Download footpath & trail maps, be prepared for adverse trail conditions.
You can click on any of the Nature Reserve names below for more information...
Nature Reserves with public trails
- Alexander Hope Smith
- Cameron Ranch (part of Carden Alvar Provincial Park "CAPP")
- Carthew Bay
- Church Woods
- Grant's Woods
- Jennett Woods
- Kris Starr Sanctuary
- North Bear Alvar (Nature Conservancy of Canada)
- Ron Reid
- Scout Valley (City of Orillia)
- Thomas C. Agnew
- Windmill Ranch - Sedge Wren Marsh Trail (CAPP)
Nature Reserves open to the public but without trails
- East Coulson Swamp (Nature Conservancy of Canada "NCC")
- Grant Wetland
- Helen M. Butler
- Little Bluestem Alvar (NCC)
- McDarker Wetland
- McIssac Wetland
- Prairie Smoke Alvar (NCC)
- Prospect Marsh
- Robert & Emily Fawcett
- Roehl Wetland
- Severn Woodlands (NCC)
- Sweetwater (Pitts & Milligan)
- Waterthrush Woods
- Whitney Wetland
- Wilson's Point Wetland
- Wolf Run Alvar
Nature Reserves & Easements not open to the public
- Agnew-Melnyk Easement
- Bluebird Ranch
- Cedarhurst Alvar (NCC)
- Elliott Woods
- Dale Easement
- Deadman Easement
- Ironside - Silk Easement
- Konda/Gamroth Easement
- Larsen Easement
- Leadbeater Easement
- Ling Easement
- McGee Creek/Cranberry Lake (NCC)
- Probst Easement
- Russell Easement
- Turnbull Ranch
- Wilkins Easement
- Williams Easement