The Orono Crown Lands occupy 633 acres of the former Ontario Tree Nursery. Fifteen km of well marked and maintained nature trails meander through a varied habitat of mature evergreen and deciduous hardwood forests. Many trails are easy walking, with benches and a large picnic area west of the Ochonski Rd. entrance. Wilmot Creek, one of Ontario’s best cold-water creeks, runs through the property. A spawning run of rainbow trout occurs in mid-April with a salmon run in late August.
Activities include walking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, dog walking, as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
There are no admission or parking fees and free trail maps are available. Please consider submitting a membership form or donating through the donation stations at our parking lots.
In April 2021 the Orono Crown Lands Trust was not able to hold our Annual General Meeting due to restrictions on social gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. To see our latest highlights please click here.
Also, due to the pandemic, we have had to cancel the 2021 Annual Orono Crown Lands Barbecue that we have held every August for many years. However you can still renew your membership by going to the renewal form and mailing it in or dropping it off at the Apple Blossom flower shop. Please click here.
Construction has been completed on schedule, November 9. 2021, and our Orono Crown Lands parking lot at Taunton Road is open again. The two-day project expanded the lot from ten to 30 parking spaces.
Thank you for a job well done to our crew of volunteers and contractor Taylor Sand and Gravel.
Fall is here and the crisp cool air reminds us that winter will soon arrive. We hope that you get a chance to get out and enjoy the trails during this season. The Orono Crown Lands Trust would like to share our Fall newsletter with you so that you can stay informed of our latest developments. It is unfortunate that we could not welcome you to our annual BBQ again this year, but we remain optimistic about 2022.
The Green Trail
We are a registered non-profit organization which administers, maintains and improves this natural area for the free use and enjoyment by the public. We manage the Crown Lands under the direction of the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
Whether you like hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, or just simply taking your dog for a walk in nature, you can do that while enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Orono Crown Lands. Come visit and see for yourself.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for members and volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!