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Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve

T.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 of this property

  • 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)

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


From Orillia: Drive North on HWY 11. Take the Anchor Rd/Agnew Rd exit. Left onto Shoreline Drive, over the bridge. Turn right onto Fawcett Road. There is parking available where the road curves. Walk down the road, past the homes on the left, (there is a locked gate – the road is closed to vehicles) past the Fawcett Natural Area until you see the sign for the Agnew Reserve. The walk should take approximately 15 minutes.

Property Trail Map: Click here to download.

Click here to see photos from the Agnew Nature Reserve Opening Ceremony, held on October 21, 2013.