Nature Reserve of the Month: Cup & Saucer (September, 2021)

September 30, 2021

Cup and Saucer reserve was one of our first! nature reserves! It is a 345-acre property with a hiking trail!


The original, 300-acre lot was acquired by EBC in 1999. In 2001, an additional 45 acres were purchased, extending the reserve. The Cup and Saucer has approximately 8 km hiking trail that is visited by many throughout the year!

Significant Features:

The cliffs are called “Cup and Saucer” because the higher Cup is perched on the lower Saucer formation. Both are Silurian deposits, about 400 million years old! Forests here are mixed deciduous dominated by Oak on the highest plateau.


This reserve is accessible from Highway 540. Starting in Little Current, travel west on Highway 540 for approximately 20 km to Bidwell Road. Continue on Highway 540 and you will find a parking area and trailhead on the east side of the road.


The Cup and Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island begins on EBC’s property and also continues onto privately owned land. Please respect private land and the landowners who generously allow us to enjoy the trail throughout the year.

For those who complete the 8km hike, EBC will send you a certificate of completion. All you have to do is email us at with your name, address and the date you climbed the Cup and Saucer trail.