Carden Nature Guide

Head River Canoe Route

Head River Canoe Route:

In this piece (reprinted from The Prairie Smoke 3.3) Harry describes one of his favourite canoe routes. The Head River runs roughly parallel to the Monck Road, traversing the southern reaches of the Canadian Shield from east to west. For the most part the there is no evidence of human activity along much of the length of the river.

The vistas are frequently stunning and an abundance of wildlife will be in evidence. Please note that parts of the Head river will require fairly high skill levels, and are not for the inexperienced canoeist. We have added a road map and a few topographical maps to let you get a better idea of the terrain and vegetation.


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Ron-and-JanetRon Reid and Janet Grand of Washago share a passion for birds, and for raising funds to conserve natural areas. So using their first-ever Ontario Big Year 2010 to gather donation pledges to purchase 300 acres within the Carden Alvar just seemed a natural fit. Share in their adventures as they scour Ontario for birds, and join in their quest to preserve this diverse property.

Editors Note:
April 2012: This property, now known as Wolf Run Alvar is one of several protected properties that serve as location venus for the Carden Nature Festival. The feed back from our visitors regarding this series of articles has been extremely positive so we have decided to keep it in place as a hand book of sorts, for how and where to find that special sighting.
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Ron Reid
Carden Program Coordinator The Couchiching Conservancy



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