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Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Situated between Barrie and Angus, the Tiffin Centre for Conservation is home to the NVCA's Administration Centre, and the 300+ acre property is a four-season destination for environmental recreation and education.

Recreational Visitors

The Tiffin Centre is a spectacular place for a walk (leashed canine visitors welcome!) or to bring your gear and bike, cross-country ski or snowshoe on 17 km of looped trails that meander through a mixture of wetlands, forests, open meadows and ancient lake beds.

Visit our working sugarbush for a late winter treat! 

Please note: Portions of the trail network are currently closed for rehabilitation. All trails are expected to re-open shortly.

Accessible Trails

Tiffin Centre's Hawk and Maple Valley Trails (map) are wheelchair accessible, and accessible washrooms are available.  All-terrain wheelchairs are available free of charge, but must be pre-arranged by contacting the administration office​ during business hours.

Parking Fees​

  • Daily Parking - $6.50 per vehicle
  • Annual Pass - $45.50 per vehicle (valid for all NVCA-operated conservation areas)
  • For payment options and details, see parking fees.

Your parking fee helps offset the cost of maintaining and improving NVCA conservation areas.

Operating Hours

  • Dawn to dusk, daily

Site Maps

Facility Rentals

The Tiffin Centre features a variety of indoor and outdoor venues that may be rented for meetings, picnics, parties and weddings. Camping is available for community groups/clubs. Click here for more information on booking our facilities.

Education, Family Events and Summer Day Camp

The Tiffin Centre is home to the NVCA's Environmental Education Program for school, daycare and community groups, the Camp Tiffin summer day camp program, the annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival, Family Day and March Break activities and other family-friendly events​ throughout the year.

Getting there:

  • ADDRESS: 8195 8th Line of Essa, Utopia
  • TEL: 705-424-1479
  • GPS: X-595757, Y-4907785
  • DIRECTIONS: From the City of Barrie or Highway 400, drive west on County Rd. 90 (Dunlop St. towards Angus) to the 8th Line of Essa. Turn left (south) and travel for 4 km to the entranceway on your left.


"Just wanted to let you and your staff know what an absolute pleasure to be able to take my 85 year old mother for a walk the other day, on your exceptionally well groomed trails. I cannot think of any other area close to Barrie  that is comparable.  The dedication, care and attention you take to keep the walking and ski trails accessible to anyone, including those with disabilities is commendable.  Keep up the good work, and thank you." 

"My family spent more than three hours at the Tiffin Centre on Family Day and had a great time. When it comes to family fun, you've nailed it! Fabulous job!"