Petun Conservation Area

Location: Collingwood, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Natural Area
Length/Size: 100 acres

Petun Conservation Area
By Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Situated on one of the highest elevations of the Niagara Escarpment, the Petun Conservation Area was named for the aboriginal peoples that inhabited the land during the early 1600's. With approximately nine villages spanning across the Collingwood area, the Petun people practiced corn horticulture and were involved in the fur trade. Estimated population figures were over 10,000 by the year 1623.

As part of the Niagara Escarpment's World Biosphere Reserve, this 40-hectare (100 acre) site gives visitors endless opportunities to hike the Bruce Trail as it winds its way through a myriad of rock faces, cliffs and crevices. Unique fern and moss communities make for an interesting day of exploring. A pit privy and information kiosk is located on site along the trail.

The Georgian Triangle Anglers Association (GTAA) have leased a portion of the property for the operation of a fish hatchery, and hence this portion of Petun is not open to the public without making previous arrangements (contact the NVCA for more information on hatchery tours).


From Collingwood, take 6th street west to Osler Bluffs Rd. Go left (south) to Grey Rd. 19. Follow Grey Rd. 19 to Concession 2; turn left. Follow for approx. mile around several corners to the top of the escarpment. The parking lot is on the left.