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​Conservation Areas

Baby Bear bridge - fall - 2011.jpgWhile most of the NVCA's 12,000 acres are considered wilderness or natural lands, our conservation areas provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities. 

Come hike, cycle, and cross-country ski our beautiful trails. Paddle and fish along the many branches of the Nottawasaga River. Get the kids in touch with nature through one of our special events.  There really is something for everyone!

Tiffin Centre

Baby Bear bridge - summer - lg.JPGSituated 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. 

Learn more about the Tiffin Conservation Area

Edenvale

Found on the banks of the Nottawasaga River in the hamlet of Edenvale, this scenic Conservation Area offers highway travellers a convenient place to rest, picnic, launch their small boat or drop a fishing line.

Learn more about the Edenvale Conservation Area


Elba Wetlands

Officially recognized as Provincially significant, the Elba Wetlands is one of the headwater tributaries for the Nottawasaga River as it winds through the NVCA watershed and empties into Georgian Bay.

Learn more about the Elba Wetlands Conservation Area

Note: The Elba Wetlands are managed by the NVCA for conservation purposes only and are not suitable for recreational purposes.

Fort Willow

Strategically located as a supply depot during the War of 1812, historic Fort Willow area was also actively used for centuries by our Aboriginal peoples, the fur trade and French explorers as part of a major transportation route known as the Nine Mile Portage.

Hike the surrounding trail network - including the Ganaraska, North Simcoe Rail and Trans Canada trails - and plan to have lunch at the Fort. Amenities include picnic tables, dry washrooms (including wheelchair-accessible) and sheltered rest areas.

Learn more about Historic Fort Willow Conservation Area

Glencairn

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.

Learn more about the Glencairn Conservation Area

Minesing Wetlands

Designated as a wetland of international significance and spanning an area of more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres), the Minesing Wetland is home to a diverse array of habitats. The unique assemblage of fens, marshes, swamps and bogs supports a network of sensitive flora and fauna, some rare or endangered.

Recreational visitors can enjoy canoeing, birdwatching, snowshoeing and more.

Learn more about the Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

New Lowell

New Lowell offers a beautifully kept seasonal campground and a day-use park. The large wooded sites have hydro and water, two clean sandy beaches, and a large reservoir for fishing, paddleboating or canoeing.

Learn more about the New Lowell Conservation Area

Nottawasaga Bluffs

Explore the Niagara Escarpment with a hike through the caves, hardwood and coniferous forests, and open meadows of the Nottawasaga Bluffs.

This 400-acre conservation area offers a full day of exploration and adventure, with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the area's history.

Learn more about the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area

Osprey Wetlands

Supplying base flow waters to the Saugeen, Beaver, Mad and Grand River systems, the Osprey Wetlands span an area of over 6,500 acres.

The wetlands are an ideal spot to see by snowshoe or cross-country ski during the winter months. There are picnic tables but no outhouses on site.

Learn more about the Osprey Wetlands

Petun

As part of the Niagara Escarpment's World Biosphere Reserve, this 100-acre site gives visitors endless opportunities to hike the Bruce Trail as it winds its way through a myriad of rock faces, cliffs and crevices. Unique fern and moss communities make for an interesting day of exploring. A pit privy and information kiosk is located on site along the trail. 

Learn more about the Petun Conservation Area

Tottenham

Tottenham Conservation Area consists of a large parkland overlooking a picturesque pond. The large sandy beach and pavilion are ideal for a wide range of summer activities. The park offers camping facilities, fishing, nature trails, and a more secluded pavilion that can be reserved for private functions such as business retreats, family reunions and picnics.

Learn more about the Tottenham Conservation Area


Utopia

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.

Learn more about the Utopia Conservation Area