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Hidden Gems – Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Hidden Gems – Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Located between Barrie and Angus, the Tiffin Centre for Conservation is a vital part of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. This 300 plus acre property is a four season destination for environmental recreation and education.

The Centre encompasses a number of distinct ecosystems within its grounds. Expect to encounter forests, wetlands, open meadows, ponds and ancient lake beds while trekking the 17 km. of looped trails. With such varied environments, come a variety of flora and fauna. Spring is an especially interesting time if you are by the wetlands or ponds as you will be greeted by a chorus of Spring Peepers. There is also a working sugar bush on site for all to enjoy. Autumn is especially beautiful for those seeking fall colour.

Education Programs are a big part of the Centre’s efforts to foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and to gain knowledge of environmental issues. Pond Studies are especially popular. Programming takes place throughout the property and more specifically at the John L. Jose Learning Centre and outdoor classroom.

Camping is also possible for official organized groups such as Scouts, Guides, Cadets, religious groups and co-ordinated community groups. There is a minimum requirement of 20 persons and a maximum requirement of 100. Outdoor dry toilets are available as well as firepits.

Large open spaces are also accessible for group games and activities. It is important to note that no alcohol, tobacco or vaping products are permissible on site.

Tiffin is a wonderful space to host events such as birthday parties, weddings, special occasions and corporate meetings and events. The Centre offers the option of an indoor or outdoor space and the grounds provide the perfect backdrop for spectacular photo opportunities.

Summer Camp at Tiffin runs from July 5th – September 3rd and is open for registration. Camp is suited for children ages 5-12 and operates daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. During their stay, children participate in such activities as hiking, geocaching, nature games, shelter building and wilderness survival.

Two upcoming special events include the Arbour Day Tree Sale and PA Day Camp. The tree sale takes place on Saturday May 14 and runs from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Native trees will be available on a first come first serve basis. The camp takes place on Friday June 3, 2022 and begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. Many activities are adopted from the traditional summer camp itinerary.

Parking fees do apply. Day Passes as well as Annual Passes are both available and money raised goes toward the NVCA and volunteer groups that help restore and maintain the property. It is $10 per vehicle for a day pass. Pay on-site via Mackay Meters or pre-pay at home.

This truly is a unique spot. To find your way there, the exact address is 8195 8th line, Utopia.

For more information regarding the Centre call 705-424-1479.

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