Carthew Bay Nature Reserve


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In 2002, John and Betty McCulloch donated a 9 hectare natural property near Eight Mile Point on Lake Simcoe to the Couchiching Conservancy. The McCullochs were concerned with the heavy cottage development occurring along the nearby shores and wanted to protect this special area as a place of refuge. The decision of the McCulloch family to entrust this property to the Conservancy means that it will remain forever in its natural state, as a sanctuary to be enjoyed by both wildlife and people for generations to come.

Unique features:

  • upland areas treed by hardwood forest and early successional forest and meadow
  • home to active Beaver pond, Great Blue and Green Herons
  • partly within the Carthew Bay provincially significant wetland
  • good example of old boulder beach
  • backs onto the Oro-Medonte recreational rail rail

Visit this Nature Reserve


Best time to visit: year-round

Location: From Orillia, follow Hwy 11 South to 14th Line, Oro-Medonte; cross overpass and go east towards Lake Simcoe. At Lakeshore Road, turn right. Look for Conservancy sign about 1 km along.