Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

Location: Angus, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Wetlands
Length/Size: 15,000 acres

Loading photo... Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area
By Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Dedicated as a wetland of international significance and spanning an area of more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres), this wetland is home to a diverse combination of wetland habitats. The unique assemblage of fens, marshes, swamps and bogs supports a network of sensitive flora and fauna, some being rare or endangered.

Ongoing efforts to introduce visitors to this world class wetland in a non-intrusive manner are in place and considered successful. For canoeing enthusiasts, the Willow Creek and Nottawasaga River offer wonderful day trips and opportunities to spot some of the many waterfowl species that call this area home. A series of hiking trails are found in and around the wetlands, all of them offering unique glimpses into this wetland extraordinaire.

The primary access point is the Willow Creek Canoe Access. From the Village of Minesing, travel south on George Johnston Rd. to the canoe access parking lot on the right. From the City of Barrie, go west on Hwy. 90 to George Johnston Rd. Travel north 8 km and the canoe access will be on your left.

Access for the popular Nottawasaga River Route is located at the former NVCA office on Loading photo...Hwy. 90, just east of Angus. Another less traveled but scenic route for paddling is the Mad River, with access at Simcoe Road 10, just west of Angus.

*NEW - Visit the Waterfowl Viewing Window
At 12 ft. high, the Waterfowl Viewing Window gives one a bird's eye view of the internationally significant wetland. With the Mad River winding northwest to converge with the Nottawasaga River, this area experiences flooding in the spring, attracting a myriad of waterfowl.

Take Hwy. 90 west of the Nottawasaga River into Angus. Turn right onto County Road 10. Follow until the village of Brentwood and turn right onto Concession 2 Sunnidale. Follow until you see the tower on your left.