The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

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Celebrate 30+ years of sweet family fun, community activities at Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival

Media Release


UTOPIA, Ontario (March 26, 2024) – Experience maple syrup season at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation with the Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival this April 6 and 7th! The festival is open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Admission includes a pancake and sausage breakfast with fresh maple syrup and a wide range of family-friendly activities.

“For more than 30 years, Spring Tonic has celebrated maple syrup as an important aspect of Canadian heritage,” said Kyra Howes, Director of Conservation Services at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. “Our staff and volunteers always look forward to sharing the past and present methods of maple syrup production with the public. Of course, the event is also a great opportunity to purchase delicious Tiffin maple syrup, the sale of which supports community programs!”

Festival activities include interactions with exotic animals, dog agility demonstrations and tractor-wagon rides through the forest. Visitors will also enjoy learning outdoor skills with cadets, live music by Rob Watts, meet and greets with firefighters, paramedics, conservation officers and much more!

The festival is jointly hosted by NVCA and the Rotary Club of Barrie. Volunteers from the Rotary Club generously donate their time to organize Spring Tonic and manage different stations during the event.

“All proceeds from the festival go towards Rotary community projects and maintaining Tiffin Conservation Area,” said Darren Robinson, Chairperson of the Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival at the Rotary Club of Barrie. “Funds help support the Royal Victoria Hospital, Salvation Army, affordable housing and many other community enhancement projects throughout Simcoe County.”

The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival is held at the Tiffin Conservation Area, 10 minutes from Barrie, Angus and Innisfil, and only 1 hour north of the Greater Toronto Area. Admission to the festival is $20 for adults, $15 for children between 3-12 and free for children 2 and under. Family packs for two adults and two children are available for $65. Visitors can also build their own bird box for $10, or purchase a prebuilt cedar bird box for $30. ​

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About NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.

Media contact: Maria Leung, Senior Communications Specialist, 705-424-1479 ext.254,

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