Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Trail Report

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Trail Report

Mac Johnson is a fantastic family friendly area that's ideal for hiking, birding, running, and snowshoeing. There are often events held at this location through the year and there is a skating pond in the winter.

Suggested Stops

Katarina’s Coffee Shop in Prescott then to explore either Fort Wellington or the Battle of the Windmill Historic Sight (lighthouse). Why not end the day with picking up brews from Windmill Brewery?

Important Insights

This property provides important woodland, meadow, wetland, and open water habitat for almost 600 plant species, over 160 bird species, and a multitude of other fauna.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee), Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), and Wendake-Nionwentsïo people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

This Wildlife Area, locally known as the back pond, is managed by Cataraqui River Conservation Authority.

GPS Coordinates

44.63066, -75.72786

Street Address

Debruge Rd, Brockville, ON


Take the 417W to the 416 South to the 401 towards Brockville. Exit at Stewart Blvd (County Rd 29) and turn right towards TinCap. At TinCap, turn right on Debruge Rd. Wildlife Area entrance will be clearly indicated on right.


Large parking lot at entrance.

Cell Reception



Outhouses near trailhead and main building.


Limited. Trails are rugged in areas, wide/flat in others. Robust strollers ok.

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open 7:30 a.m. to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from CRCA.


Marked trails starting from the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Reservoir, Trumpeter Swans, Picnic Area, Interpretive Trail, Pond Skating


Hiking, Snowshoeing, Fishing, Skiing, Nature Centre

Trail Description

There are 5 trails total at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. You can combine them to complete a large outer loop hike for 10kms. The trails a mostly flat, wide, and well-marked. There are features along the paths like heritage insights, ruins, boardwalks, and reservoir views. Trail 1 is a short interpretive trail.

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