Save the Cup and Saucer Trail
The Gosling Foundation is matching donations up to $5,000! Help us reach this goal and double your contribution!
The Cup and Saucer: An iconic trail
EBC’s conservation efforts began on Manitoulin Island in 1998. In 1999 and 2000, EBC acquired 347 acres on the Escarpment. This parcel included a part of the Cup and Saucer Trail. The parcels EBC acquired include the cup, the highest point on the Escarpment. In order to reach this part of the trail, visitors hike across private land and use a private parking area. Over the past 17 years, EBC has worked with private landowners, the MTA, and other groups on Manitoulin to maintain the Cup and Saucer Trail as an iconic destination to those visiting the Island. Over 10,000 people hike the trail annually, giving both tourists and members of the community the opportunity to safely explore the Niagara Escarpment, admire the scenic view of Manitoulin from the lookouts and develop a connection with this magnificent feature
The Problem: Trail closed in May
On the May long weekend, access to the Cup and Saucer Trail was closed. The closure of the trail has received a lot of media attention and the community has expressed concern. Many Manitoulin residents have offered their support in fundraising and building the new trail. As a result, we began the “Save the Cup and Saucer Trail” campaign.
Our Progress: Preliminary Trail Open on EBC’s Land
EBC’s land extends to Highway 540, providing an alternative location for a new trail head. Private landowners Randy Noble and Meredith Chandler have confirmed their support for continued public access to their land. We constructed a preliminary trail from Highway 540 up the Escarpment which connects to the main trail. We worked with the Municipality of NEMI, the MTA, volunteers, and other groups and successfully reopened the trail on June 8th!
The trail may be open, but the work is far from over! We want to be responsible land stewards and ensure that the features that make this area so special remain intact. EBC is working on a large scale, long-term improvement plan to make the trail sustainable, safe and suitable for the high volume of visitors that walk the trail each year. This will allow us to keep the trail open for future generations to enjoy!
Support: The Gosling Foundation is Matching Donations
The Gosling Foundation has agreed to match funds up to $5,000.00 raised in support of the Cup and Saucer Trail. Please consider supporting the cause by making a donation today. You can sign up as a team or an individual and keep track of the donations you have brought in. You may also simply make a donation directly to the fund. If you have any fundraising ideas, we welcome all suggestions!
Funds will go toward signage and materials and labour for building the trail. A large sign will be placed at the entrance with a map of the property and the trail. Interpretive signs will be placed along the trail covering topics such as the Niagara Escarpment, the First Nations, EBC, and local flora and fauna. “You are Here” signs will be placed along the trail and caution signs will be placed where the trail approaches the lookouts.
The connection to and passion for the Cup and Saucer in this community is truly inspirational. By supporting this project, you will help reopen an iconic destination on Manitoulin Island. You will allow the community and tourists to continue to connect with nature and enjoy breathtaking features and lookouts. Lastly, you will help provide more people with the opportunity to make this connection and develop a lasting passion for nature.