Sisters Joan Berndt and Susan Campbell donated this 85-acre parcel in memory of their grandfather.  The Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve was a partial purchase/partial donation to The Couchiching Conservancy in 2011.   The Township of Severn and TD Friends of the Environment also contributed financially to make this Nature Reserve a reality.

Thomas Agnew was an early settler and businessman in the Washago area.  His good friend Robert Fawcett owned the adjoning acreage, which has also been donated as a nature reserve - a testament to the character of these two well-known Washago families, and a lasting legacy for both.

On the edge of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the two properties contain the same precious wetland complex, teeming with wildlife.


Unique features:

  • Borders the Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Mixed upland forest
  • More than 228 native plants
  • Rare insect-eating pitcher & sundew plants, and pink moccasin orchids
  • Excellent habitat for wood warblers and vireos, as well as American Bittern
  • Rich in reptiles and amphibians
  • The Pipsissewa Loop Trail is open to the public  (named after the Pipsissewa wildflower that grows along the trail). 

Visit this Nature Reserve:

There are typically two ways to enter the property, but at the moment the only entrance is via the Simcoe County Forest on Cambrian Road.  Check back for updates through the fall of 2020.    *New Geo-tagged Trail Map Available for download below*

The Pipsissewa Loop Trail, combined with the 1 km walk in to the reserve beside the Trent-Severn Waterway, and the adjoining trail through the Simcoe County Forest Turnbull Tract, make this a rewarding outing in any season.

The birding is excellent in all seasons, and the trails can be snowshoed in winter.