Play & Explore

Welcome to the Play and Explore section of our website, where adventure awaits in the Township of Essa!

Located among beautiful trails, parks, and green spaces, Essa invites you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With over 20 playgrounds and 27 parks, there's no shortage of opportunities for community members to get out, get active, and embrace the beauty of nature.

Each of our parks offers a unique recreational experience, with amenities such as playgrounds, adult exercise equipment, splash pads, tennis courts, basketball nets, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, outdoor pads, off-leash dog parks, skateboarding facilities, and a network of scenic trails. Plus, for the fishing enthusiasts or those looking to learn, Essa is proud to be home to four fishing parks, providing great spots to cast a line.

Explore our network of trails and wander alongside the beautiful Nottawasaga River, where hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting opportunities are available. Whether you're seeking active outdoor pursuits or a relaxing leisurely activity, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Essa's outdoor playground.

Along with the outdoor opportunities, Essa is proud to offer a variety of Recreation Programs and Community Events that foster community connection and engagement. Whether you're seeking opportunities to stay active, discover new interests, connect with others in the community, or attend one of our events, you'll find an array of options to explore right in the Township of Essa.

Explore all that Essa has to offer below!

Visit Essa

Our rural and urban settlements such as Angus, Baxter, Colwell, Egbert, Ivy, Thornton, and Utopia offer the ultimate small-time charm.  Just a short drive from Barrie or Alliston, and north of Toronto, Essa offers visitors an opportunity to relax and unwind.  Explore what Essa has to offer!

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