Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve


Thomas Agnew was an early settler and businessman in the Washago area.  His descendants developed a growing love for the landscape.  In 2011, his grand-daughters, Joan Berndt and Susan Campbell, generously arranged a part-donation/part-sale of an 85 acre property to The Couchiching Conservancy.

On the edge of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the property is adjacent to the Robert and Emily Fawcett Natural Area and the two properties contain the same precious wetland complex, teeming with wildlife.

Unique features:

  • mixed upland forest
  • groundwater for the larger wetland
  • more than 228 native plants
  • rare insect-eating pitcher, sundew plants and pink moccasin orchids
  • Wood warblers and vireos spotted on the property as well as American Bittern
  • Blanding’s and snapping turtles make this reserve their home
  • Pipsissewa Trail developed (named after the Pipsissewa wildflower that grows along the trail)

Visit this Nature Reserve

Best time to visit: year round. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear, as the trails are wet in the spring.


Enter through the Simcoe County Forest on Cambian Road.