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.
- 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.