Small-town Gems in the Township of Springwater

doranpark_playgroundoldOffering a picturesque setting and serving as the County Seat of Simcoe, the Township of Springwater is ideally nestled between the City of Barrie and the Town of Wasaga Beach. Within Springwater, several neighbourhoods have attracted residents who appreciate this beautiful area of Ontario. Among these are Minesing and Midhurst, which form the lifestyle backdrop for Alliance’s Woodland Heights community.

Springwater Admin CentreMinesing sits on Highway 26, northwest of Barrie, near the Nottawasaga River. Among the highlights of this area are the Minesing Wetlands. This internationally recognized wetland is considered biologically significant as the largest and best example of a fen bog in Southern Ontario. You are likely to spot white-tailed deer and a multitude of birds amid the largest pure stand of silver maple trees in the province. Birders delight in spotting many rare birds such as Cerulean, Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers. Residents and visitors also enjoy canoeing in the wetlands. In fact, the word “Minesing” means “island” in Ojibwe and refers to an island in Lake Edenvale, which used to encompass the wetlands area.

trailaEach year, Minesing is the site of two major events. In late winter, Mini-fest draws enthusiastic crowds, and on Labour Day weekend, a popular slo-pitch tournament attracts sports-lovers.

Midhurst is the largest population centre in Springwater Township, and is home to the Barrie Baycats of the Intercounty Baseball League. The area is graced with 70-year-old pines and an array of amenities, offering the best of both worlds. Both the Bayfield Street shopping strip and cross-country and alpine skiing are less than a 10-minute drive, and it’s only 15 to 20 minutes to Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world. Nearby Springwater Provincial Park is perfect for picnicking, recreating and wildlife viewing.

Its small-town village feel combined with the preservation of historic buildings makes Midhurst a coveted residential destination. Willow Creek runs through the area, creating scenic views that frame these heritage elements, which include plaques and placed at significant historic spots to remind us of the area’s proud past. Both Minesing and Midhurst have public elementary schools, and the entire Township of Springwater is as inviting as it sounds.

Photos courtesy of the Township of Springwater