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Township of Springwater
Township of Springwater is located in Ontario
Township of Springwater
Location of Springwater, Ontario
Coordinates: 44°26′N 79°44′W / 44.433°N 79.733°W / 44.433; -79.733
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Simcoe
 - Mayor Tony Guergis
 - Governing Body
 - MPs Helena Guergis
 - MPPs Jim Wilson
 - Total 536.30 km2 (207.1 sq mi)
Population (2006[1])
 - Total 17,456
 - Density 32.5/km2 (84.2/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span

Springwater is a township in central Ontario, Canada, in Simcoe County near Barrie.



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), 15km 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, Anderson & Tennant, after its owners Charles Anderson and a Mr. Tennant, were merged to create the word Anten.[2] 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. A further 25km 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 downloadings 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.

Midhurst is home to the Barrie Baycats of the Intercounty Baseball League. A tree nursery existed here that supplied trees for the province.

Minesing is a community near the Nottawasaga River on Highway 26, northwest of Barrie. The community is home to two major events every year, one in the late winter called Mini-fest, and a slo-pitch tournament that falls on labour day weekend. The community is the birthplace of Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Foyston and country music star Jason McCoy. Minesing is home to a small school called Minesing Central Public School. The nearby Minesing Swamp is an internationally recognized wetland of significant biological importance.

The township also contains the communities of Allenwood, Apto, Crossland, Dalston, Elmvale, Fergusonvale, Grenfel, Hendrie, Hillsdale, Langman, Midhurst Station, New Flos, Orr Lake, Phelpston, Sandy Beach, Saurin, Snow Valley, Strongville and Vigo, as well as the ghost town of Edenvale.


The current mayor of Springwater is Tony Guergis. He is the brother of David Guergis, the current mayor of the neighbouring township of Essa, and the cousin of Helena Guergis, the current federal Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey, and Christine Brayford, a municipal councillor in New Tecumseth.[3]


According to the 2006 Canadian Census:

  • Population: 17,456 (16,104)
  • % Change (2001-2006): 8.4
  • % Change (1996-2001): 8.9
  • Dwellings: 6,361
  • Area (km²): 536.30
  • Density (persons per km²): 32.5


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Coordinates: 44°26′N 79°44′W / 44.433°N 79.733°W / 44.433; -79.733



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