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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 indigenous 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. 

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 or directly through GTAA.

For the 2022 season, the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area will have an outhouse available for visitors. The visitor outhouse is located in the parking lot, all other outhouses are exclusively for the use of the GTAA volunteers are not available for public use.

Parking Fees

  • Daily Parking - $10.00 + HST  per vehicle
  • Annual Parking - $71.00 + HST ​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​​

Getting there:

  • ADDRESS: 675485 2nd Line, Town of the Blue Mountains (map​)
  • 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 kilometre, at the base of the hill of the escarpment. The parking lot is on the left.​