Essa Township is “Where Town and Country Meet”, in close proximity to Barrie and Alliston. Essa is a rural community with benefits from the surrounding larger municipalities. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds of a quiet country lifestyle close to urban centers. There are two local libraries Angus Branch Library and Thornton Branch, hospitals, elementary and high schools, recreation centres and Lake Simcoe. This community is rich with diversity as it is close to the Canadian Forces Base, shopping, restaurants and has lots of unique shops. Essa is a beautiful community for those looking to find a slower pace in life and enjoy the outdoors living.

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Essa Township has 2 beautiful and scenic trails which will take your breath away in every season. The Pine River Trail and Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail allows you to breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the peaceful settings and takes you to local parks. There is something for everyone splash pads to cool off in those hot summer months, skating in the community centre all year round or visit the outdoor rinks. There are many local events where residents can share their talents with others, enjoy coffee outings, fundraise and so much more!

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Rich with natural resources Essa has a history of conservation and protecting nature. Visit the Utopia Grist Mill which is also a conservation centre protecting the forestry and animals. This mill was an early pioneering village and has been maintained for residents to see how the settlers lived and grew in this community. Residents can also visit the Borden Museum which is in the military community where all residents can learn about Canada’s history in the world. There is always something to learn here in Essa.

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