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Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY) Active Transportation Trail

​​​​​​​​​The County has the opportunity to convert a 23 km stretch of the former BCRY into an active transportation trail. This section of the proposed trail runs from Stayner (Township of Clearview) to Angus (Township of Essa). The County of Simcoe is undertaking an engagement questionnaire to study the development of the BCRY Active Transportation Trail.

The BCRY Active Transportation Trail will:  

  • Help build a healthier and stronger County
  • Connect the communities of Collingwood, Stayner, New Lowell, and Angus
  • Promote walking and cycling for recreation and the enjoyment of nature
  • Support healthy living, economic development, and tourism opportunities

Key Dates

  • ​Public Information Centre - January 2022 - February 2022
  • Public Comment Period Deadline - February 18, 2022
  • Public Information Centre #2 - Spring 2022
  • Design - Winter 2022 - Summer 2022
  • Anticipated Construction Start - 2023

Study Process

Phase 1: Identify Active Transportation Corridor Needs and Opportunities​ 

Phase 2: Assess Alternative Solutions

  • Consult review agencies, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and the public
  • Inventory the environment (natural, social, and economic)
  • Evaluate alternative solutions and identify recommended solution

Next Steps: Implement Preferred Solution - Detailed Design and Construction

Public Consultation

The Notice of Commencement and Public Information Centre (PIC) was published on January 17, 2022. A virtual presentation for the PIC to inform the public and gather feedback on the proposed BCRY Active Transportation Trail is available below. The PIC includes a public engagement questionnaire and map to submit feedback, comments, and identification of points-of-interest.

Public Engagement Questionnaire - Accepted until February 18, 2022

If you would like to provide input on the Barrie Collingwood Railway Trail project, please fill out a Public Engage​ment Questionnaire​ before February 18, 2022.

Future Consultation

​​The next round of consultation regarding the BCRY Active Transportation Trail is anticipated to occur in Spring 2022. Additional draft materials will be posted on this webpage closer to this time. 


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Multi-Use Trail Preliminary Design

Natural Environment Preliminary Design Report


​​​​​ Notice of Collection/Use/Disclosure

All information is collected in accordance with the Environmental Assessment Act, RSO 1990 Chapter E.18 Part II Section 5.1.Information will be used to inform the project team in the development of recommendations to support the study vision and objectives. All submissions become part of the public record, and disclosed in full in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). Questions about this notice of collection should be directed to the Project Manager at Jae.Park@simcoe.ca, or (705) 726-9300 ext. 1166.​