Nine MIle Portage Heritage Trail is a multi-use recreational trail running between Meridian Place in downtown Barrie and Fort Willow in Springwater Township.

Historic Fort Willow

Strategically located as a supply depot during the War of 1812, the Fort Willow area was also actively used for centuries by First Nations, the fur trade and French explorers as part of a major transportation route known as the Nine Mile Portage.

Restorations and archaeological investigations have located and outlined the former buildings used by the soldiers. Information kiosks provide a thorough history of the area’s past use and how its location helped ensure the geographical boundaries of Canada today.

Owing to their importance in the development of our nation, Fort Willow and the Nine Mile Portage are recognized​ as both provincial and national historic sites.

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We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail characteristics

Length: 15 km one way
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural, Paved, and Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking
Partially wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

City of Barrie 705.726.4242

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.3879240
Longitude: -79.6865960