Minesing Swamp

The Minesing Swamp, centrally located between Barrie and Wasaga Beach, has been identified as the largest and best example of fen bog in southern Ontario. The confluence of the Nottawasaga River with three tributaries provide for an interconnected network of swamps, fens, bogs and marshes. The swamp is an important staging area for thousands of migratory waterfowl, and contains a large heron rookery.

We will enter from Willow Creek, cross the central flood area before joining the Nottawasaga, and follow the river down to Edenvale. A pleasant day’s paddle for canoeists of all skill levels.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Minesing and Edenvale, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
Most of the day
Difficulty Rating: 
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
Just Ginger and I
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the put-in (Willow Creek Parking Lot, along George Johnston Road) for 9am and shuttle to the take-out which is nearby. I am participating in the Toronto Marathon on Sunday, and so we will not be lingering afterward unfortunately.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bag lunch.
Dry change of clothes.
Water shoes, there is some wading.
Awareness that through the main section, there will be nowhere to land. Thus, nowhere to find a bathroom either! Please watch your coffee intake.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case; it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

From Hwy. #400, exit at #96 to Dunlop Street West toward Angus.
Turn Right at George Johnston Road / Regional Road 28 toward Minesing.
After approx. 8km, there is a small parking lot on the left side next to the creek.

The take out is at the Edenvale Conservation Area. Continue on George Johnston Road and turn Left at Hwy. #26 West.
At Edenvale, there is a small parking lot on the Right side.

See directions here.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Matthew Eberly