Poole Family Nature Sanctuary: Trail Report

The Poole Family Nature Sanctuary is a 110 acre property and the newest addition to MMLT. So new, that the low traffic pathway is barely visible. Thankfully there are plenty of bright trail marker to lead the way.⁠

Suggested Stops

Only a few minutes from downtown Carleton Place, there are an abundance of food and cafes stops to choose from. One in particular is the Smoke Box Catering, who offers up mouth watering meals from their foodtruck.

Important Insights

Parking is along the road on the same side as the trailhead only. This is both the safest (visibility for oncoming traffic) and most respectful (not blocking or parking on local land owner properties) option. There is more than enough room on the trail side to park your vehicle on the shoulder with only a foot or so on the road.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) 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 native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Poole Family Nature Sanctuary is managed by Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT). The have 8 properties, of which 4 are open to the public to visit and hike. Their mission is “To legally protect and steward private lands having ecological, biodiverse, aesthetic, and cultural value and to foster engagement with wilderness.”

Suggested Stops

Only a few minutes from downtown Carleton Place, there are an abundance of food and cafes stops to choose from. One in particular is the Smoke Box Catering, who offers up mouth watering meals from their foodtruck.

GPS Coordinates

45.070907418898436, -76.2137415747826

Street Address

318 Concession Rd 11, Carleton Place, ON K7C 0C5

Directions

65kms (45 mins) from Ottawa. Take Hwy 417 East and exit at Hwy 7. Drive through Carleton Place, remaining on Hwy 7. Take a left on Scotch Corners Rd and drive 5kms. Once in Scotch Corners, turn right on 11th Line / Concession 11 Rd. In 1.7kms, the trailhead will be on the right. See parking note below.

Parking

Shoulder parking only on North side.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

2

Elevation Gain (m)

20

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Marshlands, Ecological Significance

Activities

Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing

Dogs

Not permitted.