Welcome To Springwater

Here you’ll find a combination of rural and urban communities, and is one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario.  There are eight settlement areas, which include:  Anten Mills, Centre Vespra, Elmvale, Hillsdale, Midhurst, Minesing, Phelpston and Snow Valley.

Living in Springwater offers an enviable lifestyle, with year round recreational activities such as skiing, soccer, hockey, canoeing and a series of other unique events and festivals.  Springwater also has a significant agricultural presence, and a number of things that contribute to its small town charm and sense of community.

The Township of Springwater was incorporated in 1994, after the Townships of Flos and Vespra were amalgamated with the Village of Elmvale and the Hillsdale/Orr Lake area from the Township of Medonte.

You’ll find more than a number of fantastic reasons to consider calling Springwater home!



Just 100 km North of Toronto, it sits between Barrie and Wasaga Beach. 

You’ll find Oro-Medonete to the East, Tiny to the North, and Clearview to the West. 

It lends itself to easy commuting, with access to Highways 400, 26 and 93.

5 Reasons You'll LOVE it Around Here

  1. Access to Barrie & all the Amenities.  A quick drive to  shops, cafes, restaurants and Georgian Mall.  You’ll enjoy country living but still find it very convenient for daily errands.
  2. Great recreation!  Home to Snow Valley Ski Resort, and you’ll find neighbourhood hockey rinks scattered through the Township.  There’s an expansive network of multi-use trails including the North Simcoe Rail Trail & the Nine Mile Portage Trail.  The Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario, where you’ll also find plenty of trails!
  3. Farmers Markets & Festivals.  Home to Barrie Hill Farms & Harris Farms.  You’ll find seasonal fresh farm produce and locally sourced goods, and you can even pick your own fruits, vegetables and pumpkins!
  4. Lot’s of large, treed lots & family friendly neighbourhoods.
  5. Explore Elmvale, an active community with a rich history and wealth of recreational opportunities.  From the annual fall fair to the maple syrup festival.  Find the purest water on the planet in this beautiful town.

Top Things to Know Before Moving Here

  1. Get used to living in the snow belt!  Springwater receives heavy snowfall often as a result of lake-effect snow.  Look forward to blizzard-like conditions that can accumulate several centimetres of snow per hour.  You can’t go without winter tires, but you’ll enjoy lots of skiing!  Count on getting almost DOUBLE the amount of snow compared to Toronto.  
  2. Lot’s of growth and development.  Springwater is slated for expansion.  The community provides room for the development of 10,000 residential units, or approximately 30,000 people within the next 20 years.  You’ll notice several new home developments in full swing.  
  3. You need a car to get around.  There are no plans to bring transit services to Springwater at the present time.
  4. While many new developments will be on municipal sewer and water services, many homes are still serviced by private well & septic systems.  Be sure to understand the implications before purchasing!
  5. At present, there isn’t much in the way of amenities and commercial development in Springwater proper.  However, it’s on the agenda once servicing is available.  Eventually, we should see commercial or industrial development in the Snow Valley Road & Bayfield Street Corridor

Places of Interest

Springwater is home to charming villages, beautiful trails and incredible recreation.  You’ll be sure to find lots to do and explore!


Three separate school boards operate publicly funded schools in Springwater and the surrounding area.

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is one of Ontario’s largest public education systems with schools and learning centres throughout Simcoe County, including Barrie.

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) provides distinctive educational programming that focuses on the academic, spiritual and physical well-being of children.  Student learning is a priority, combined with a commitment to faith development and self-discovery.

MonAvenir Catholic School Board operates French language Catholic Schools in the region.

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