Red Trillium, Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve, Deirdre Dimitroff group photographing something interesting, Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve
spotted salamander, Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve, credit: Anne Barbour spring forest, Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve, credit: Eric Davis


The west side of this undeveloped 200-ha Ontario Nature reserve occupies a limestone plain; the remainder is on the Canadian Shield. Mixed forests of eastern hemlock, sugar maple, white birch, red oak, and trembling aspen dominate the shield section. The site also includes old fields, pond, pockets of marsh, white cedar swamp, and a small limestone escarpment. Such habitat diversity brings forth abundant wildlife, ranging from pink and showy lady’s-slippers and northern beech fern to beaver, moose, and white-tailed deer. Golden-winged, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, and black-throated green warblers are among breeding warblers. Adjacent to the reserve on the east side are extensive conifer plantations of the Victoria County Forest (Sommerville Tract); these contain cross-country ski trails.

Learn more about Ontario Nature’s Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve:


From Coboconk on Hwy 35 go N to Norland. Turn E on Monck Rd & go about 10 km. Reserve is on S side past Woodcock Line.