The Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve (ORCCR) is a sanctuary for nature and an essential ecological linkage on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visitors can learn about ecosystem features and functions, and enjoy activities that are compatible with the natural and cultural values of the park.
Trail Planning Projects
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is leading two concurrent trail planning projects for the ORCCR:
- MacLeod Estate Trail Linkage
- Cycling on Secondary Trails
These two projects are being undertaken under one overarching planning process.
The ORCCR combines two formerly separate properties: Oak Ridges Corridor Park (ORCP) and Oak Ridges Corridor Park East (ORCPE). The two were integrated following the completion of the ORCPE Management Plan in 2011. The property, more than 175 hectares in size, is dominated by forests and wetlands, and consists of many unique and sensitive natural areas.
About Oak Ridges Moraine
The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of Southern Ontario’s most distinct landform features. It stretches as a ridge of hilly terrain for 160 kilometres — from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the headwaters of the Trent River in the east. The moraine was created as glaciers receded, depositing layers of sand and gravel separated by clay and till soils. Rainwater collects and is stored in the moraine’s vast underground layers of sand and gravel (known as aquifers), eventually resurfacing as healthy, clean water that feeds the majority of river systems in the Greater Toronto Area.