Pine River Trail
This trail was unveiled in 2012. It starts at the Nottawasaga Fishing Park and exits at LeClair Park (Roth Street, Angus). Be sure to check out this trail – it provides visitors of the site with a peaceful setting that promotes a healthy community.
Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail
To view a map of the trail, visit Simcoe County’s Trail Maps
Location: Thornton & Cookstown
Devil’s Glen Provincial Park
Situated on the Niagara Escarpment 518 m above sea level this park features rock outcrops, forested slopes and wetlands, and protects a geologically significant incised river valley.
Meltwater from the last retreating glacier carved the steep gorge of Devil’s Glen, where the Mad River now winds its irregular route. The park is gated and only accessible by foot. Camping and fires are not allowed. Access off of Highway 124 south of Duntroon,
This is an Ontario Provincial Park. For more information visit www.ontarioparks.com.
Location: between Singhampton and Glen Huron, ON
Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve
Noisy River’s largely forested landscape is interrupted by a few meadows and a scenic portion of the Noisy River. Typical Niagara Escarpment features include cliffs, crevice caves, uplands, valley slopes and wetlands. There are no visitor facilities, but the Bruce Trail crosses this nature reserve. The park offers good hiking and nature appreciation opportunities. Access south of Dunedin off of County Rd 9. This is an Ontario Provincial Park.
For more information visit www.ontarioparks.com
Location: Southwest of Dunedin, ON
New Lowell Conservation Area
More information on this park is available at www.nvca.on.ca.
Location: County Rd 9 to 2894 Hogback Rd in the village of New
Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area
With close to 400 acres of countryside vistas, hardwood and coniferous forests, open meadows and a series of caves, the Nottawasaga Bluffs offers a full day of exploration and adventure. Connect with the Bruce Trail as it makes its way through the property or venture down one of its side trails to catch a variety of unique features.
Find more information on this park by visiting their page here..
Location: Nottawasaga 15/16 Sideroad south of Singhampton, ON. Access 500 m left off of Nottawasaga 17/18 Sideroad east of Singhampton.
Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area
of sensitive flora and fauna, some rare or endangered. Willow Creek and the Nottawasaga River offer wonderful opportunities for short visits or longer trips by kayak or canoe, and a chance to spot some of the many waterfowl species that call this area home. A series of hiking trails are found in and around the wetlands, all of them offering unique glimpses into this wetland and its inhabitants. On foot, snowshoe or cross-country ski explore the Ganaraska, Trans Canada and McKinnon trails.
For more information visit their page here.
Location: From the City of Barrie, go west on Hwy. 90 (Dunlop St.) to George Johnston Rd. Travel north 8 km to the parking lot and canoe access on your left.
The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Running along the Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, it spans more than 890 km of main Trail and over
400 km of associated side trails. The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The BTC is one of Ontario’s largest land trusts, preserving over 8,000 acres of irreplaceable Niagara Escarpment landscape.
For more information on hiking the trail please visit www.brucetrail.org.
Location: The Trail’s optimum route follows the natural edge of the Niagara Escarpment from Queenston in Niagara Falls to Tobermory. Visit website for access points.
The trail begins at a boulder opposite the town hall in Port Hope, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The trail passes through a variety of scenery from Lake Ontario, north through the
Ganaraska Forest on the sandhills of the Oak Ridges Moraine and past the lakes and drumlin fields of the Kawarthas to the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Shield. The Trail then continues west through the rolling hills of Simcoe where it meets the Bruce Trail at McKinney’s Hill, Glen Huron. A cairn marks the end of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail. The Trail continues from the Niagara Escarpment to a terminus at Wasaga Beach. A second branch of
the Trail runs from north of Horseshoe Valley to Highway 32 near Port McNicol on Georgian Bay. From Springdale, just west of Glen Huron in the Mad River section, a branch of the Trail leads to Wasaga Beach. Another branch extends from north of Horseshoe
Valley in the Oro-Medonte section to the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in the Midland section.
For more information visit www.ganaraska-hiking-trail.ca
Tiffin Centre for Conservation
Situated between Barrie and Angus, the Tiffin Centre for Conservation is home to the NVCA’s Administration Centre, and the 300+ acre property is a four-season destination for environmental recreation and education.
Visit www.nvca.on.ca for more information.
Location: 8195 8th Line of Essa, Utopia.
Utopia Conservation Area
This 100-acre area is used as passive green space. A portion of the property where the 140-year-old Bell’s Gristmill resides is leased to the Friends of Utopia Gristmill & Park for purposes of conservation and restoration. The Friends of Utopia Park & Gristmill work to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of Bell’s Gristmill.
Learn more at www.nvca.on.ca.
Location: From the City of Barrie, go west on County Rd. 90 to the 6th Concession of Essa. Turn left (south) and travel for 4 km to the entrance.
Glencairn Conservation Area
Located in the village of Glencairn, this pleasant area offers a scenic getaway for an hour or the entire day. The Mad River winds through offering opportunities for fishing, short hikes and simple relaxation. The Glencairn Conservation Area is maintained by the Glencairn Park Committee.
Learn more at www.nvca.on.ca.
Location: 8948 Webster Rd., Adjala- Tosorontio Township.
There are a series of canoe launch kiosks along the Nottawasaga River to check out if you wish to explore the Angus area via canoe.
• Essa Centennial Park
• Nottawasaga Fishing Park
• Willow Creek Canoe Corral
• Edenvale Conservation Area