August 18, 2020
Nature Reserve of the Month: Bidwell Bog (Manitoulin Island)
Bidwell Bog is a unique reserve that has a rare savannah landscape and a bog. This property has a beautiful hiking trail close to our Cup and Saucer reserve.
History: This property was purchased in two parts. The first, in 2006 (329 acres) followed by another in 2007 (53 acres). The combined total is now 382 acres of protected land.
Significant Features: The Bidwell Bog has many rare plant species including Swamp Pink, rare cotton grasses and Few-Flowered Sedge. If you visit during the right season, Small Purple Fringed Orchids can also be found. The ecological community here is rare due to the combination of both bog and savannah habitats.
Location: This reserve can be reached from Hwy 540 about 20 km west of Little Current. Access the reserve from Highway 540, approximately 800 m north of Bidwell Road. There is a second access point off Bidwell Road. Turn west on the Bidwell Road from Highway 540 and look for the trail entry, about 500 m on the left. Parking can be found at Cup and Saucer. To see this reserve in Google Maps follow this link.