Ted is part of a multi-generational tradition of summers in the cottage community at Ahmic Lake. He was inspired to buy the old farms along Old Man’s Creek by a childhood memory of family visits to a waterfall and swimming hole that was lost to development; a personal tragedy for everyone who had enjoyed that place.
The Magnetawan Watershed Land Trust (MWLT), a young nonprofit formed to conserve this part of Ontario, partnered with American Friends to make the gift possible.
According to Dexter Coolidge, President of MWLT, “This is one of the loveliest, quietest and wildest areas on the lake.” Of both ecological and historic interest, the newly created preserve includes locally-beloved Old Man’s Creek Falls, trails along the creek and a natural landing used by canoeists, picnickers and nature-lovers. The Preserve will be managed by MWLT to protect its natural, historical, scenic and recreational values. MWLT’s leaders envision expanding the Preserve through purchases and gifts of contiguous properties.