Trails may be icy and slippery. Please exercise caution when walking on trails.
Please note that there is no winter maintenance at 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.
It features hiking trails, interpretive signs and eco-respectful, seasonal washrooms – all accessible to people of all abilities. The Utopia Conservation Area has 2 km of accessible trails along Bear Creek. Washrooms are currently closed for the winter.
Photography for personal enjoyment is permitted and encouraged in all NVCA public conservation areas.
If you are a professional photographer or are planning to come to one of our conservation areas for a professional photo shoot, you may be required to purchase a photography permit before you enter the area.
The proceeds from the sale of NVCA’s Photography Permits goes directly to the Conservation Lands programs and maintenance of NVCA’s conservation areas.
Please stay on the trails and respect all postings with regards to trail or area closures.
For photography permit fees, please call 705-424-1479 on Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Daily Parking Pass
$10.00 + HST per vehicle
Annual Parking Pass
$70.00 + HST per vehicle
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.