Grand River, trees, flowers



***All trails north of the Grand Trunk Trail are now closed for the winter season and open again on March 15. These trails include the River Trail, Woodland Trail, Osprey Tower Trail and Cliffs & Alvars Trail. They are closed due for safety concerns due to slippery cliffs and so that we do not disturb any Bald Eagles, should they choose to nest at rare over the winter.***

The 8 km of trails at the rare Charitable Research Reserve are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk and are designed to give you better access to the natural beauty of the property, all while encouraging education and spreading ecological awareness. Our trails allow the community to see the rare, or uncommon, elements which exist here: limestone cliffs, alvars, floodplains, diverse flora and fauna, historical buildings and the confluence of first nation transportation routes.

While enjoying your time at rare please remain on the trails, refrain from camping, foraging, and littering, and please note that motorized vehicles are not permitted on rare trails.

Please help us educate others in our community about protecting and respecting this incredible natural resource. Please report any signs of abuses of the use of rare trails by calling 519-650-9336.

Please note that some trails in our Cliffs and Alvars trail system are closed to public access during the winter season (mid-November to mid-March) due to safety hazards and to protect species at risk. Thank you for your cooperation.

A Note about our furry friends…

dog on leashWe love our four-legged family members as much as you love yours, however, because of the fragile eco-system we work so hard to preserve, the possibility of interactions with wildlife that call rare home, and the possibility of frightening children participating in educational programs on our property rare prohibits dogs on certain trails and requires they remain on leash for others. For these reasons, we do not allow dogs on the Osprey Tower Trail, River Trail, Woodland Trail, Alvar Trail, and Butterfly Interpretive Loop. However, dogs are more than welcome if they remain on a leash on our ECO Centre Trail, Grand Allee, Maple Lane, and Deer Run trails. We thank you in advance for helping us further our efforts in conservation, research, and education, and allowing the space to be enjoyed by all users by respecting our guidelines.

Important information about all rare trails

Plesun iconase note that all rare trails are open dawn to dusk.


12065718081356232646johnny_automatic_NPS_map_pictographs_part_95_svg_hiPlease stay on the trailsrare is home to sensitive vegetation communities, and even if you’re careful the possibility of trampling flora is increased with off-trail use. We would also hate for you to have a negative experience and go home with a poison ivy rash.

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Please carry out all garbage – conserving the beauty of this natural space is one of rare’s top missions, please help us keep it beautiful.

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Please note there is no camping, campfires, foraging, or hunting anywhere on the reserve.



The use of motorized vehicles are prohibited on all rare trails.


Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Trail Systems

We have three sets of trail systems on our property – please refer to the trail map for trail location, and click on a system name and picture below for more information about their trails and guidelines.

Parking is available at 4 locations:

  • Lamb’s Inn (our administrative hub) 1679 Blair Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
  • rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
  • New! parking lot across from the rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
  • North House, 681 Blair Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8 (limited parking)

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Cliffs & Alvars

Cliffs & Alvars

Indian Woods & Thompson Tract

Indian Woods & Thompson Tract

Springbank Community Gardens

Springbank Farm Community Gardens







rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001