‘Tis the season for exploring the outdoors. Fall not only brings that crisp morning air we all love waking up to, but the stunning fall foliage we can all enjoy. That being said, if you’re itching for an adventure and would love to try something new, head to this nature reserve located on an island in Ontario. There’s a trail with a stunning lookout and breathtaking views. Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve is next on our list!

A five-hour drive north of Toronto, located on Manitoulin Island is Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve. The reserve spans across 345-acres and features an exciting hiking trail and adventure loop, according to the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.

“The cliffs are called “Cup and Saucer” because the higher Cup is perched on the lower Saucer formation,” says the EBC. “Both are Silurian deposits, about 400 million years old.”

To experience the bluffs in all their glory, you must embark on an 8 km-long trail.

According to Explore Manitoulin, the well-known Cup and Saucer trail leads to “dramatic 70 metre cliffs and breathtaking views”, it is one of the most popular trails in Ontario.

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If you do decide to venture along this hiking trail, it is important to note that it begins on EBC’s property and also continues onto privately owned land. “Please respect private land and the landowners who generously allow us to enjoy the trail throughout the year,” shared EBC.

And if you want any more reason to experience the hike, according to the EBC, they will send you a certificate of completion to those who finish the 8km long trail.

“All you have to do is email us at [email protected] with your name, address, and the date you climbed the Cup and Saucer trail.”


Though there may not be a fee to enter the reserve, you may be subject to a parking fee.

Considering the weather has been nothing but kind to us for the past few days, take advantage of the warmth and hit the outdoors.

Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve

Where: 4097 ON-540, Sheguiandah, ON