Little Bluestem Alvar Nature Reserve


This 654-acre parcel is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and co-managed with the Couchiching Conservancy. This property adjoins the 678-acre Prairie Smoke Alvar, also owned by the NCC; these two properties are now managed under a single plan.

Globally rare alvar habitat is prevalent, showing as bare limestone pavement, conifer shrub and sedge meadow alvar habitat types. Plants, birds and insect species unique to Ontario are commonly found throughout this property.

Access is via a walking trail at the Carden Recreation Centre, or from the Prairie Smoke Alvar parking lot on Lake Dalrymple Road. Trails are not well marked; use caution if venturing to the interior of this property.

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Experience the Carden Alvar on Foot – Walking Trails for Public Use. Learn more about opportunities for Birders, Hikers & Naturalists.