Nature Trails near Barrie, Ontario


Barrie is a vibrant, growing, historic community of over 143,000 residents offering an established economic base and an outstanding quality of life. We invite you to take a closer look at our community as a potential location to establish and grow your business.

Barrie metro area has a population of 197,059 residents. In the last forty years, the area has grown by over 560%, making it a magnet for those looking for lower housing costs, year-round recreational activities, an excellent place to raise a family, and a nurturing environment to locate a business.

This community is an exciting playground for the outdoor enthusiast. With over 300 hectares of scenic park space and over 90 community parks, there is always a new area to explore for those who enjoy walking, hiking, running, blading, or biking. Residents and visitors enjoy year-round festivals & events, theatre productions, waterfront features, as well as other local cultural amenities such as the MacLaren Art Centre and the Simcoe County Museum. Barrie’s downtown also offers numerous recreational pursuits for all ages, and Tourism Barrie lists fun events taking place all over the city.

For outdoor winter fun, activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice fishing. As such, the Barrie region is home to more exhilarating downhill runs than anywhere else in Ontario. For some hockey action, watch future NHLers play for the Barrie Colts, as they compete in high-energy, action-packed games against teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

Some of Ontario's best hiking trails and nature trails are near Barrie.

For more information please visit:   https://www.barrie.ca/ 

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ARDAGH BLUFFS NATURAL AREA

Home to Barrie’s south end, the Ardagh Bluffs Natural Area is located between Ardagh Road and Mapleview Drive, west of Essa Road.  It boasts over 17 kilometres of recreational trails and has a total area of 518 acres. Most of the area is zoned Environmentally...
Bear Creek Eco-Park

Bear Creek Eco-Park

Bear Creek Eco-Park is a nice place to walk in the city of Barrie.  The 1.3 km out and back trail takes you along a crushed limestone and boardwalk trail through a marsh, with an opportunity to view lots of waterfowl and turtles. If you are lucky you might catch a...

CARTHEW BAY NATURE RESERVE

In 2002, John and Betty McCulloch donated a 9 hectare natural property near Eight Mile Point on Lake Simcoe to the Couchiching Conservancy. The McCullochs were concerned with the heavy cottage development occurring along the nearby shores and wanted to protect this...

COPELAND FOREST TRAILS

COPELAND FOREST TRAILS The Copeland Forest is a 4,400 acre Resource Management Area in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada, owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The size, beauty, and unfettered use of the forest by a wide variety of recreational users...

ELLIOTT WOODS

One of the Oro Moraine properties surveyed by Conservancy ecologists belonged to Don Elliott and his brother. Several years later, Don and his wife, Heather, decided to donate this 7 hectare section of forest to the Conservancy for safekeeping in perpetuity. This is a...

Hickling Trail

The Hickling Trail is 1.5km in length, has an average width of 3 metres, and is designed to be accessible. With a firm gravel surface with screenings, it is for non-motorized uses only. Points of Interest: 1. Cycle Simcoe Outdoor Repair Station: The County of Simcoe...

HUNTER RUSSELL NATURE TRAIL

The Hunter Russell Nature trail winds along Willow Creek in Midhurst from the corner of Doran Road and Belmont to Cowdray Park. We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE. Region(s): Simcoe County Nearby towns and cities: Barrie |...

INNISFIL BEACH PARK TRAIL

Overlooking Lake Simcoe, this is a busy little park in the summer. It has a lovely view along the waterfront and is a great place for a short family walk. Link to trail map:   https://maps.simcoe.ca/Trails/?TRAIL=InnisfilBeachParkTrail We would also direct you to read...

LUCK PROPERTY

The Luck Property is a wonderful oasis of forest, streams and ponds. A largely undeveloped property, this 20 hectare Conservation Area is also home to the Gilford Arboretum, managed by the Gilford and District Horticultural Society. The Society provides a network of...

MINESING WETLANDS

Designated as a wetland of international significance and spanning an area of more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres), the Minesing Wetland is home to a diverse array of habitats.  The Meadow Mouse Trail is located adjacent to the Willow Creek Canoe Access on County...