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PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 10:02 am 
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Found this while reading through a KHPP background document... IIRC others have commented on scenery paddling Bottle Creek east of the Catchacoma access, on the way to Bottle and Sucker lakes, in particular the forest cover which includes large hemlocks. Here's the ANSI description for anybody planning on paddling the area.

Ecological Note

Bottle Creek Area of Natural and
Scientific Interest (ANSI)
(From Life Science Inventory Check
Sheet – Brunton, 1990)

A moderately broken bedrock-controlled
landscape of thin soil over granite bedrock
characterized by young to medium aged
deciduous and coniferous upland forests is

Hemlock and sugar maple
dominate the forest vegetation, with hemlock
being unusually well represented in the
southwest of the site. Along the shore of
Bottle Creek a dry forest of red oak, white
pine and red maple grows in thin to almost
absent soil with white birch and white spruce.

The lake shore is abrupt, largely as a result of
the fixed-height weir that maintains a high
water level. The shore vegetation is diverse
and growing on substrate varying from bare
bedrock to silty sand.

The site condition along much of the
north shore of the creek is warmer than

The creek-side vegetation is exceptional,
representing a complex of Atlantic Coastal
disjunct species such as Meadow Beauty,
Purple Bladderwort, Bog Muhly, as well as
other uncommon eastern and southern species
such as Flat-branched Groundpine, Fern-leaf
Pondweed, Creeping Bladderwort, Primroseleaved
Violet, Canada St. John’s Wort, and
Brown-fruited Rush.

This is likely the richest
complex of such a disjunct flora in Ontario
outside of Muskoka–Parry Sound.
The Meadow Beauty is rare in Ontario.
Purple Bladderwort, Bog Muhly and Canada
St. John’s Wort are uncommon in the
province and are characteristic elements of
the Atlantic Coastal Plain floral element
found locally in the southern Canadian
Shield area. ... 256381.pdf

In another area nearby, the north side of Catchacoma lake has been found to hold a large area of old growth hemlock forest... some of which will be logged soon since it is not in the protected park. The Wilderness Committee's website has a page describing the forest and a petition form to end logging the old growth. ... ed-logging


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