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Petun Conservation Area

Situated on one of the highest elevations of the Niagara Escarpment, the Petun Conservation Area was named for the aboriginal peoples that inhabited the land during the early 1600's. With approximately nine villages spanning across the Collingwood area, the Petun people practiced corn horticulture and were involved in the fur trade. Estimated population figures were over 10,000 by the year 1623.


Recreational Visitors

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. 

The Georgian Triangle Anglers Association (GTAA) have leased a portion of the property for the operation of a fish hatchery; this portion of Petun is not open to the public but arrangements may be made for hatchery tours by contacting the NVCA at 705-424-1479.

Parking Fees

  • Daily Parking - $6.50 per vehicle
  • Annual Parking - $45.50 per vehicle (valid for all NVCA-operated conservation areas)
  • For payment options and details, see parking fees.

Your parking fee helps offset the cost of maintaining and improving NVCA conservation areas.

Operating Hours

  • Dawn to dusk, daily

Camping

The Bruce Trail passes through this conservation area, and camping is available to hike-in visitors only. There is no additional charge for camping and no reservations are required - space is available on a first-come first-served basis.

There is NO overnight parking permitted at Petun.


Getting there:

  • ADDRESS: 675485 2nd Line, Town of the Blue Mountains
  • GPS: X-555074, Y-4921761
  • DIRECTIONS: From Collingwood, travel west on Sixth Street to Osler Bluffs Road/County Road 34. Turn left and travel south to Grey Road 19. Turn right and follow Grey Road 19 to the 2nd Line. Turn left and follow the 2nd Line for approximately half a mile, winding around several corners to the top of the escarpment. The parking lot is on the left.​