Our washrooms remain closed at this time. We ask visitors to follow
local health unit COVID-19 guidelines and stay at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other groups.
NVCA conservation are smoke free. All forms of smoking, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, medicinal and non-medical cannabis, vaping, chewing any form of tobacco is prohibited in all conservation areas and other outdoor spaces except in parking lots. More information here.
Utopia Conservation Area
Utopia Conservation Area is now open for recreational use! The revitalized conservation area now features new trails, interpretive signs and eco-respectful washrooms - all accessible to people of all abilities.
Please note that the parking lot is now closed for the season. Visitors are still welcome to explore the wintery Utopia Conservation Area
Located 15 minutes outside of Barrie, the Utopia Conservation Area is known for its historic grist mill, nature trails, wetlands and abundant biodiversity. The conservation area is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including several endangered Butternut trees.
- 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 the Utopia Gristmill and Park 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 utopiahall.ca.