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Wagg's Woods Trail

Notice to all hikers, walkers, explorers, and adventurers. Come explore the new trail systems starting with a new trail head and ten car parking at 1 Thorne Street in Mindemoya, ON. The 42-acre park boasts on four distinct trails totaling three kilometres!

Wagg's Woods Trail improvements would not be possible without donations from the public, in-kind support and Municipal investment.

For current donation opportunities contact Trail Committee staff member Marcus Mohr at or call 705-377-5726.

Donation Record

2021 Woodland Accessibility Trail

  • Municipality of Central Manitoulin $10,000
  • Anonymous Donations $3578
  • Manitoulin Chrysler Wayne Legge New Entrance Easement Agreement
  • Taylors Sawmill $600 in materials
  • E.Corbiere and Sons Construction $480 in materials
  • James Millette Forestry $200 in materials
  • Special thanks to the volunteers John Diebolt, Marcel Beneteau, Dale Scott, Wendy Wiggins, Al Tribinevicius, Katie Gilcrhrist, Chad Pearson, Andre Leblanc, Leslie Philips and Brenda Kozial

2021 Bench Donations

  • Cedar Cove Farm – Hal Love $1260
  • Jake's Home Centre Adam and Erin Smith $1330
  • Madeleine Wagg Becks $1080
  • The Island Animal Hospital Steve Fisher and Joanna Paquet, two benches $2290
  • Finn's Gas Bar $1000
  • Special thank you to volunteers John Diebolt and Dale Scott for assembly and installation of the benches.

2022 Escarpment Trail and Alvar Trail Creation

  • Municipality of Central Manitoulin tree maintenance and trail building supplies $1870
  • Volunteers John Diebolt, Dale Scott and Marcel Beneteau trail layout and clearing
  • Special thank you to Brenda Koziol for geology and interpretive signage consultation.

2023 Owl Nesting Box Project

  • Manitoulin Nature Club Owl Nesting Box Donation
  • Manitoulin Tree Service Owl Nesting Box Installation

2023 Trailhead Signage

  • Municipality of Central Manitoulin trailhead signage costs $4600

Woodland Accessibility Trail

  • Very Easy
  • 530 m (1739 ft) one way.
  • The trail is fully accessible and great for those with mobility issues, mobility devices and strollers. Take a break on one of the many donated benches at the rest areas. Wagg’s Woods is an old growth forest that contributes to Manitoulin Island’s ability to capture and store more carbon dioxide than it produces. This forest is home to more than a hundred species of plants from towering trees such as yellow birch and many different colourful flowers. You might even spot other wildlife such as a porcupine or a wood thrush.

    Accessibility Specifications
  • Length of Two-Way Trip: 970 m (3,182 ft)
  • Surface: Hardpacked limestone screening
  • Average Width: 1.83 m (6 ft)
  • Minimum Width: 1.52 m (5 ft)
  • Maximum Running Slope: 1:24
  • Maximum Cross Slope: 1:20 (7.6 cm over 1.5 m/3 in over 5 ft)
  • Edge Protection: 182 m (600 ft), minimum 5 cm (2 in) high.
  • Edge protection is primarily on north side of trail with a drop-off of 15 cm (6 in) or greater.
  • Pull Offs/Turnarounds: Every 97 m (318 ft)

Fossil Trail

520 m (1706 ft)
Walk on the floor of an ancient sub-tropical sea that covered the Manitoulin Island area more than 400 million years ago. Discover evidence of the incredible diversity of corals, sponges and other animals that lived in the warm waters south of the equator.
Please leave the fossils in place so others can enjoy discovering them!

Alvar Trail

  • Moderate
  • 1340 m (4396 ft)
  • Wander and alvar full of rock cracks and glacial erratic rocks deposited during the last ice age.

    About Alvars
  • Based on a limestone plain
  • Stressed habitat supports a community of rare plants and animals.  
  • Lichen and mosses are common species.
  • Trees and bushes are absent or severely stunted.

Escarpment Trail

  • Hard
  • 480 m (1575 ft)
  • This trail is for the adventurer. Follow along the edge of the escarpment and take in views of the park below as you twist turn and climb your way along the trail.  The escarpment is part of the larger Niagara Escarpment that runs through New York, Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The escarpment formed over millions of years through a process of differential erosion of rocks of different hardness.

In 2020, the Municipality created a Trail Committee comprised of five residents and two council members.  The committee has worked steadily towards a goal of enhancing the park into a destination for residents and visitors.

The park now contains:

  • A new trailhead at the corner of Forest and Thorne streets. The new entrance allows for access to the majority of the park south of the seasonal creek bed. The creek bed was a barrier to accessing parts of the park from the old entrance.
  • A new 10 car parking lot on Forest Street
  • Half of a kilometre hard packed accessibility trail good for mobility devise and strollers.
  • Half of a kilometre trail along the escarpment.
  • Over one kilometre of trail on the alvar on top of the escarpment.
  • An owl nesting box.
  • Four pull offs ad a hub for resting and relaxing.
  • Six donated benches on the accessibility trail.
  • Tree aging, particularly on the Escarpment and Alvar.

Future plans:

  • Trailhead signage.
  • Signage to direct visitors to the park on the nearby streets.
  • Interpretive signage for geology, plants and animals.
  • A lookout tower.
  • Recreation programs such as snowshoeing and skiing.
  • Guided hikes with experts in the fields of geology, flora and fauna.

More information:
Community Development/Outreach Coordinator Marcus Mohr at 705-377-5726 or email 

Plant Species

Herbaceous & other ground vegetation in Wagg's Woods


agrimonia, hooked

Agrimonia gryposepala

aster, calico 

Aster lateriflorus

aster, flat-topped

Aster umbellatus

aster, panicled 

Aster lanceolatus

baneberry, red

Actaea rubra

baneberry, white

Actaea pachypoda

basil, wild

Clinopodium vulgaris

beggar-ticks, nodding

Bidens cernua


Sanguinaria canadensis


Cornus canadensis

burdock, common 

Arctium minus 

buttercup, hooked 

Ranunculus recurvatus

buttercup, kidney-leaved

Ranunculus abortivus

buttercup, tall

Ranunculus acris


Lobelia cardinalis

cohosh, blue 

Caulophyllum thalictroides


Tussilago farfara

coral-root, striped

Corallorhiza striata


Taraxacum officinale

dogbane, spreading

Apocynum androsaemifolium

Dutchman’s breeches 

Dicentra cucullaria

elderberry, eastern red

Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens

fern, bulblet

Cystopteris bulbifera

fern, intermediate wood (Common or Glandular) 

Dryopteris intermedia

fern, ostrich 

Matteuccia struthiopteris

heal-all (self-heal)

Prunella vulgaris


Epipactus helleborine

hepatica, sharp-lobed 

Anemone acutilobia


Geranium robertianum


Arisaema triphyllum

leeks, wild (scapes) 

Allium tricoccum

lettuce, white or wild (white rattlesnake-root)

Nabalus albus

lily, trout

Erythronium americana

lopseed, slender-spiked

Phryma leptostachya

meadow rue, purple (tall) 

Thalictrum dasycarpum or T. pubescens

milkweed, common

Asclepias syriaca

moonseed vine

Menispermum canadense

nightshade, enchanter's

Circaea alpina or C. lutetiana


Lapsana communis

parsnip, cow  

Heracleum lanatum

polypody, rock 

Polypodium virginianum

Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot)

Daucus carota

rattlesnake-plantain, menzie’s (large western) 

Goodyera oblongifolia

solomon’s-seal, false 

Maianthemum racemosum

Solomon’s-seal, hairy 

Polygonatum pubescens

speedwell, common

Veronia officinalis

spring beauty

Claytonia caroliniana

squirrel corn

Dicentra canadensis

St. John's-wort, common

Hypericum perforatum


Trientalis  borealis

tansy, common

Tanacetum vulgare

toothwort, broad-leaved

Cardamine diphylla

toothwort, cut-leaved 

Cardamine concatenate

trillium, nodding

Trillium cernuum

trillium, white  

Trillium grandiflorum

violet, Canada

Viola canadensis

violet, dog

Viola conspera

violet, wooly blue

Viola sororia

violet, yellow forest

Viola pubescens

virgin's bowers

Clematis virginiana

water-horehound, cut-leaved 

Lycopus americanus

water-horehound, tuberous (Northern Bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus

woodsorrel, common yellow

Oxalis stricta

Trees & Tall Shrubs in Wagg's Woods


ash, black

Fraxinus nigra

ash, red 

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

ash, white

Fraxinus americana

aspen, largetooth

Populus grandidentata

aspen, trembling

Populus tremuloides


Tilia americana

birch, white

Betula papyrifera

birch, yellow

Betula alleghaniensis

cedar, eastern white

Thuja occidentalis

cherry, black

Prunus serotina

cherry, choke

Prunus virginiana

currant, black bristly 

Ribes lacustre

dogwood, alternateleaf

Cornus alternifolia 

elderberry, eastern red

Sambucas pubens

elm, white

Ulmus americana

fir, balsam

Abies balsamifera

hazel, beaked

Corylus cornuta

honeysuckle, fly

Lonicera canadensis


Ostrya virginiana


Dirca palustris

maple, Manitoba

Acer negundo

maple, mountain

Acer spicatum

maple, sugar (hard)

Acer saccharum

oak, bur

Quercus macrocarpa

oak, red

Quercus rubra

serviceberry species

Amelanchier spp.

spruce, white

Picea glauca


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