The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority


Trail in trees at Utopia Conservation Area
Fort Willow Ganaraska Trails stairs
Bridge at 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, seasonal washrooms – all accessible to people of all abilities.

​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.​

Getting there

  • Address:  8609 Line 6, Utopia (m​ap)
  • 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. ​




Dog walking

Parking Fees

Parking Pass Rate
Daily Parking Pass
$10.00 + HST per vehicle
Annual Parking Pass
$70.00 + HST per vehicle

Operating Hours

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

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