Cup and Saucer
The Cup and Saucer preserve was one of our first! It is a 345-acre property renowned for a spectacular hiking trail featuring sheer drops, stunning vistas, and the famed adventure loop.
The trail is now open! Please consider supporting EBC’s efforts to improve the site by making a donation!
Cup and Saucer is a beautiful nature preserve that has been with us since almost the beginning. Originally a 300-acre lot was acquired in 1999. In 2001, an additional 45 acres were purchased, extending the preserve. The Cup and Saucer has an approximately 8 km hiking trail that is visited by thousands of visitors throughout the year!
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. The Michigiwadinong name is Anishinaabemowin, meaning "bluff in the shape of a spearhead." Please visit our news section to hear Alan Corbiere speak about the story behind this name.
This preserve 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 the new parking area and trailhead on the east side of the road. To view this preserve in Google Maps click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and the date you climbed the Cup and Saucer trail.