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NVCA > Recreation > Conservation Areas > Utopia

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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.

Please note: Portions of the Utopia Conservation Area near the mill are currently closed due to construction. The upper trails are open.

Getting there:

  • Address:  8609 Line 6, Utopia (map)
  • 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 entranceway on your left. ​

Friends of Utopia Park & Gristmill

The Friends of Utopia Park & Gristmill work to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of Bell's Gristmill. They host a number of events each year in support of their work.  Learn more at