This hike will explore the ecological and human history of environs of Ten Mile Creek which flows into Lake of Bays near Dorset. This drainage is a significant glacial meltwater system which at one time provided access for saw milling operations on Lake of Bays. The creek retains evidence of a logging dam, sluiceway, logging camp site and a fox farm. The surrounding environment provides white-tailed deer wintering range and red oak stands which contribute an important fall food source for numerous wildlife species. Also located on the site is the reconstructed “Crooked House”, once located off Hwy 118 near Carnarvon on the road of the same name. This hewn square log building has served as a settler’s homestead, summer home and for the last 28 years, as a deer hunting camp. Natural resources use and management are key to this  Ten Mile Creek woods walk. Good footwear is necessary, as much of the walk will not be over a trail or prepared surface. and may involve a shallow water crossing. Bring something to drink and a camera.  Suitable for adults, teens and children 10+ . Dogs on leash allowed.

HIKE #:  12

DATE:    Thursday, September  19

START TIME: 2:00 pm

DURATION: 2 hr., 5km

LOCATION:   24529 Hwy #35



AMENITIES: Parking, washroom (outhouse), shelter

LEADER: Mike Buss

LEADER BIO: Mike Buss is a 28-year veteran of the Ministry of Natural Resources where he worked as a wildlife biologist. He and his wife have owned this property for nearly 35 years. Through their roaming’s on the property they have gained considerable knowledge about its former uses and their impact on the landscape. Mike has a keen interest in both natural history and human history, hunting and trapping in particular.

DIRECTIONS: From Minden take Hwy 35 follow for approximately.  67km. From Haliburton take Hwy118 west to Carnarvon; turn right onto Hwy 35 and drive north.  Distance from Haliburton is approximately. 72km. GPS coordinates: N 45.2867, W 78.9421

  • History along Ten Mile Creek
    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Venue:   Ten Mile Creek

24529 Hwy #35, Algonquin Highlands, Ontario, Canada