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 unique assemblage of fens, marshes, swamps and bogs supports a network of sensitive flora and fauna, some rare or endangered. Efforts continue to introduce visitors to this world-class wetland in a non-intrusive manner.
By kayak or canoe ... Willow Creek and the Nottawasaga River offer wonderful opportunities for short visits or longer trips, and a chance 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 and its inhabitants.
On foot, snowshoe or cross-country ski ... explore the Ganaraska, Trans Canada and McKinnon trails. Note: the McKinnon trail is an unmaintained road allowance.
For birdwatching ... the 12'-high Waterfowl Viewing Window offers a bird's eye view of the wetland and its inhabitants. With the Mad River winding northwest to converge with the Nottawasaga River, this area experiences flooding in the spring, attracting a myriad of waterfowl.
The admission fee of $2 per person per day may be paid at the fee stations at any of these entry points. Please display the stub portion on your windshield. Annual passes for all NVCA-operated Conservation Areas are available - click here for information and an application form on the Conservation Area Annual Lands Pass.
For hunting ... there is a portion of the Minesing Wetlands where hunting is permitted in season. Hunters must purchase a permit from the NVCA to hunt in the Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area, in addition to regular hunting requirements. These may be purchased at the Administration Office, or check our Forms page for an application. The hunting permits also covers the regular admission fee for the hunting season.
Willow Creek Canoe Access:
Waterfowl Viewing Window:
Minesing Wetland Inventory Publication
The Minesing Wetlands Flora and Fauna Biological Inventory is now complete. A PDF version can be downloaded by clicking here. (WARNING: 11MG file) A hard copy may also be purchased for $40 plus HST from the NVCA Administration Centre. Mail or visit the office at 8195 8th Line of Essa, Utopia, ON, L0M 1T0, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-424-1479 for more information.
Land Acquisition in the Minesing Wetlands
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works with private landowners to secure ecologically significant lands that we have identified as priorities for conservation action. NCC acquires land through outright purchase or receives properties by land donation.
The NCC and the NVCA have been working together for more than 30 years to protect important places within the Minesing Wetlands. To learn more about NCC's current Minesing Wetlands land acquisition program please contact Kristyn Ferguson, NCC's Georgian Bay Huronia Program Manager at 519-826-0068 x.222.