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​​​​​​Trails may be slippery from changing winter conditions, please use caution when using NVCA conservation areas.

Please note that conservation area user fees have increased on January 1, 2021. See updated fees and learn how your fees are used to maintain our conservation areas.

Our washrooms remain closed at this time. We ask visitors to respect physical distancing rules and not to gather in groups of larger than 10 people, and staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other groups.​​​​

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! 

​Accessible Trails

Tiffin Centre's Hawk and Maple Valley Trails (map) are wheelchair accessible, and accessible washrooms are available.​

Disc Golf

The Tiffin Centre is home to the Goldilocks Disc Golf Course, a nine-hole course around Papa Bear Pond, Mama Bear Wetland, and Baby Bear Pond. Use of the course is free. Access may be limited during weekdays.​

Outdoor Education

After months of closure, Tiffin's outdoor education programs are back!

This fall, we're proud to offer two programs: Fall Camp Tiffin, and the brand new Borrow an Outdoor ​Educator Program​​!​​​

Learn more about each program here!​

Parking Fees​

  • Daily Parking - $10.00 per vehicle
  • Annual Pass - $70.00​ 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.


Please note that all bathrooms are closed during the COVID-19 crisis.

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, ​March Break activities and other family-friendly events​ throughout the year.

Getting there:

  • ADDRESS: 8195 8th Line of Essa, Utopia (map​)
  • 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.