Wilderness Park

A small space. A wealth of nature.

Using the interactive map below, you can explore Environmental Action Bobcaygeon's Wilderness Park. This 8 acre forested property offers over a kilometre of safe, accessible trails winding through mature forest cover. The highlight of the park is the Pollinator Patch; showcasing many local wildflowers and pollinators which are critical to the ecosystem and local agriculture.

Driving DirectionsWilderness Park is located at the end of Wilderness Park Road, in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
Click the button to the right for driving directions from your location.

Environmental Action Bobcaygeon has a successful track record in environmental improvement projects in Bobcaygeon. We propose to develop and maintain the newly created Wilderness Park in Bobcaygeon. This 8 acre forested property is owned by the City of Kawartha Lakes and is located at the end of Wilderness Park Road. Through consultation and cooperation, the City has agreed to allow Environmental Action Bobcaygeon to develop this new park for the enjoyment of the local community and the visiting public.

The park will be open to hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, and nature interpretation. It is hoped that in time the park will be expanded in size and linked to other hiking/cycling trails in the community.

Volunteering at Wilderness Park

Wilderness Park is managed and maintained by volunteers. EAB has enlisted over 50 volunteers in the area that are interested in assisting in this project. As well, Bobcaygeon Public School, Kawartha Field Naturalists, Kawartha Conservation, and others have been invited to participate in the various stages of development of the new park.

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Wilderness Park Plant Inventory

The most recent plant inventory of Wilderness park was performed on July 5th, 2014. Several Kawartha Field Naturalists, including professional botanist Dale Leadbeater, were involved in exploring the new park. Their findings are outlined in the linked PDF file below.

Some noteworthy findings are:

  • Species which are common in Ontario, but uncommon in Bobcaygeon were found in the park: Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta), Canada Yew (Taxus canadensis).
  • Alvar species: Downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesquianum) was found in the deciduous forest, demonstrating the abundance of limestone in the soil.
  • Tree species: Although Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) was the dominant tree species in the deciduous forest, both Red and Burr Oak (Quercus rubra and Q. macrocarpa), as well as Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) and Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) are beginning to establish. Eastern Hop-hornbeam (Ostry virginiana) is a common species that grows back on limestone when regeneration takes place.
  • One new collection for the Royal Ontario Museum Herbarium (ROM) was made, of a Cyperus species. This plant will be identified by the Natural Heritage Information Centre, then numbered and deposited at the ROM.

Click the link below to download a copy of the inventory.
CKL Flora Plant Inventory (PDF 360KB)