Residents of the municipality get to enjoy living a rural lifestyle while enjoying the benefits of the larger municipalities. The Township of Essa is unique in its location, as it is truly a place “Where Town and Country Meet”. As a result, residents get to enjoy the many amenities and benefits offered by not only the Township, but its surrounding municipalities due to the close proximity of Essa to Alliston and Barrie.


The main communities of this township are Angus, Thornton, and Baxter. Other small hamlets are Cedargrove, Colwell, Egbert, Elmgrove, Hoe Doe Valley, Ivy, Utopia and West Essa.  Angus is the largest community in Essa Township, and the main access to the neighbouring Canadian Forces Base Borden.


The Township has 4 elementary schools and a high school.

Angus Morrison Public School (Angus), Pine River Elementary School (Angus), Baxter Central Public School (Baxter), Our Lady of Grace Separate School (Angus), Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School (Angus)

These schools are managed by the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

There are also two French Catholic Schools accessible to Essa residents:

École élémentaire catholique Marguerite-Bourgeois (Borden) & École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance (Barrie)

These schools are managed by the French Catholic School Board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS).


The Township of Essa offers transit service connecting Borden and Angus to the City of Barrie, from Monday to Friday, on the 90A and 90B Bus Routes. For a reasonable fare, the bus service takes residents directly to the Allandale GO Station in Barrie. A transfer obtained from the Bus Operator of the Angus-Borden Bus will get you on to the Barrie Transit system to get to your destination within Barrie.For a map of the Bus Service in Angus and Borden, please refer to the map below:

Transit Route 90 Map & Schedule


Throughout the Township of Essa, residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities including access to neighbourhood and community parks, trails, and rivers. Recreation in Essa plays a huge part in providing and promoting health in our communities.​


Essa Township boasts a variety of trails within its boundaries, and continues to work towards providing residents with a healthy lifestyle by focusing on further developing trail connections.

Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail

This 14 kilometre trail runs between the villages of Thornton and Cookstown and travels through green pasture land and forest and cross the Cookstown Creek. Click here to view a map of the trails.

Things to do in the township of Essa


The Township of Essa has four Fishing Parks for residents to utilize.

Location of Fishing Parks

Essa Centennial Park

Nottawasaga Fishing Park

Don Ross Fishing Park


The Township of Essa has 26 park locations throughout the municipality for residents and visitors to enjoy, plus an “Off-the-Leash” dog park (located at Glen Eton/Wildflower Park-42 McCarthy Crescent).

Each park accommodates different recreational activities including playgrounds, adult exercise equipment, camping and passive park facilities, splash pads, an off the leash dog park, tennis courts, basketball facilities, soccer fields, baseball facilities, outdoor pads, as well as public and seasonal washrooms.

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