Springwater, Ontario

Coordinates: 44°26′N 79°44′W / 44.433°N 79.733°W / 44.433; -79.733
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Township of Springwater
Springwater is located in Simcoe County
Springwater is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°26′N 79°44′W / 44.433°N 79.733°W / 44.433; -79.733
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • MayorJennifer Coughlin
 • MPsDoug Shipley
 • MPPsDoug Downey
 • Land536.28 km2 (207.06 sq mi)
 • Total19,059
 • Density35.5/km2 (92/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
L0L & L9X
Area code(s)705, 249

Springwater is a township in central Ontario, Canada, in Simcoe County, near Barrie. It is the county seat of Simcoe County.


Prior to European settlement, Ossossane, the largest Wendat settlement and capital of the confederacy was located near modern-day Elmvale.[3]

Springwater was formed in 1994 through the amalgamation of Flos and Vespra Townships, together with the Village of Elmvale and a portion of the former Medonte Township.


Anten Mills is centred on the intersection of Horseshoe Valley Road West (formally County Road 22) and Wilson Drive (formally the 7th Concession of Vespra), 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of Barrie. The community derived its name from a well-known mill operating in the area in the late 1800s. The first syllables of this firm's name, after its owners Charles Anderson and a Mr. Tennant, were merged to create the word Anten.[4] Country music star Jason McCoy grew up in Anten Mills.

Most of the workforce living in Anten Mills are employed in nearby Barrie. The area surrounding Anten Mills is predominantly either farm or crown land; however, golf courses, ski resorts and hiking trails also dot the landscape.

Some 25 km northwest of Anten Mills is Wasaga Beach, a popular summer tourist attraction.

Crown Hill is located at the municipal boundaries of Springwater and Oro-Medonte, just outside the northern city limits of Barrie. Prior to the provincial highway downloads of 1997, Highway 11 left its expressway route through Oro-Medonte at Crown Hill, transferring onto Penetanguishene Road for the remainder of its southerly route into Barrie and Toronto. Highway 11 now continues past the Penetanguishene Road interchange along the former route of Highway 400A, ending at Highway 400 1.1 kilometres further southwest.

Elmvale is located at the intersection of County Road 27 and County Road 92 (Queen Street). The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, established in 1966, draws thousands of visitors each year.[5] Elmvale was home to 2,369 people in 2011.[6] It is the site of the Elmvale Jungle Zoo.

Aerial photo of a portion of Hillsdale

Hillsdale is located on Highway 93 at its intersection with Mill Street, just north of Highway 400. It was founded as the half-way point between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. It was the site of the Simcoe House Hotel (now abandoned)[7] and Rumble's Gristmill[8] on Sturgeon River. Hillsdale is home to approximately 1,000 people.

Midhurst is the largest population centre in the township. It is home to the Barrie Baycats of the Intercounty Baseball League. A tree nursery operated here that supplied trees for the province.

Minesing is a community near the Nottawasaga River on Highway 26, northwest of Barrie. The community holds two major events every year, one in the late winter called Mini-fest,[9] and a slow-pitch tournament that falls on Labour Day weekend.[10] The community is the birthplace of Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Foyston and is home to Country music star Jason McCoy. It has a small school known as Minesing Central Public School. The nearby Minesing Wetlands is an internationally recognized wetland of significant biological importance.

Along with the main centres of Anten Hills, Crown Hill, Elmvale, Hillsdale, Midhurst and Minesing, the township contains the communities of Allenwood, Apto, Craighurst, Crossland, Dalston, Edenvale, Fergusonvale, Grenfel, Hendrie, Langman, New Flos, Orr Lake, Phelpston, Sandy Beach, Saurin, Snow Valley, Vespra Village, Strongville and Vigo. Two former ghost communities, called Josephine and McKinnon, existed in the Minesing Swamp within the township's borders.



Springwater is governed by a seven-person elected Council; a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and five Ward Councillors.[11] The council is currently comprised by:

  • Mayor: Jennifer Coughlin[12]
  • Deputy Mayor: George Cabral[13]
  • Ward 1 Councillor: Matt Garwood[14]
  • Ward 2 Councillor: Danielle Alexander[15]
  • Ward 3 Councillor: Brad Thompson[16]
  • Ward 4 Councillor: Anita Moore[17]
  • Ward 5 Councillor: Phil Fisher[18]


Springwater also has a number of committees that advise Council on more specific issues.[19]

The Springwater Public Library Board consists of Jane Cocking, Jennifer St-Onge, Evan Chen Adrian Graham, Robert Sturgess, and Stephen Ouderkirk.[20]

The Committee of Adjustment consists of Henry Vander Wielen, Brad Sokach, Michael Douglas, Wanda Maw-Chapman (chair),[21] and Steven Farquharson (Vice Chair).[22][23]

The Agricultural Advisory Committee consists of James Drury, Mark Priest (chair),[24] Matt Ververs, and Wanda Maw-Chapman.[25]

The Cultural and Heritage Advisory Committee consists of Hale Mahon (chair),[26] Donna Kenwell, Greg Barker, Catherine Czajkowski, Joan Gannon, and James Crawford.[25][27]

The member representing Springwater on the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee is Caleb Brohm.[25]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Springwater had a population of 21,701 living in 7,516 of its 7,845 total private dwellings, a change of 13.9% from its 2016 population of 19,059. With a land area of 535.85 km2 (206.89 sq mi), it had a population density of 40.5/km2 (104.9/sq mi) in 2021.[28]

Canada census – Springwater, Ontario community profile
Population19,059 (+4.6% from 2011)18,223 (+4.4% from 2006)
Land area536.28 km2 (207.06 sq mi)536.23 km2 (207.04 sq mi)
Population density35.5/km2 (92/sq mi)34.0/km2 (88/sq mi)
Median age43.4 (M: 43.0, F: 43.7)
Private dwellings7,234 (total)  6,691 (total) 
Median household income$99,553
References: 2016[29] 2011[30] earlier[31][32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Springwater census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Springwater, Township". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Sultzman, Lee. "Huron History". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ History of Simcoe County: Wayne Cook's Genealogy and Historic Plaques Page
  5. ^ "Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Official Website". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Statistics Canada Census Profile". 8 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Simcoe House Hotel – Ontario Abandoned Places". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Hillsdale Grist Mill – Ontario Abandoned Places". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Minesing Mini-Fest". www.minesing.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ "Minesing Labour Day Baseball Tournament". www.minesing.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  11. ^ "Mayor and Council". Township of Springwater. 12 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  13. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  14. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  15. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  17. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  18. ^ "Mayor and Council". 12 January 2023.
  19. ^ "Committees and Boards". 24 February 2023.
  20. ^ The Corporation of the Township of Springwater By-law 2022-096 springwater.civicweb.net
  21. ^ Oviedo de Valeria, Jenny (1994-08-02). "chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/http://www.revista-educacion-matematica.org.mx/descargas/vol6/vol6-2/vol6-2-5.pdf". Educación matemática. 6 (2): 73–86. doi:10.24844/em0602.06. ISSN 2448-8089.
  22. ^ Oviedo de Valeria, Jenny (1994-08-02). "chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/http://www.revista-educacion-matematica.org.mx/descargas/vol6/vol6-2/vol6-2-5.pdf". Educación matemática. 6 (2): 73–86. doi:10.24844/em0602.06. ISSN 2448-8089.
  23. ^ The Corporation of the Township of Springwater By-law 2022-097 springwater.civicweb.net
  24. ^ "the Township of Springwater – Meeting Information". springwater.civicweb.net. Retrieved 2023-06-20.
  25. ^ a b c The Corporation of the Township of Springwater By-law 2022-093 springwater.civicweb.net
  26. ^ "the Township of Springwater – Meeting Information". springwater.civicweb.net. Retrieved 2023-06-20.
  27. ^ "the Township of Springwater - Meeting Information". springwater.civicweb.net. Retrieved 2023-12-11.
  28. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  29. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  30. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  31. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  32. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.

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