The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Outdoor Events

Weddings, Events & Group Camping

NVCA’s conservation areas offer your group an opportunity to gather in nature: forests, meadows, ponds and wetlands.  A number of outdoor venues are available to rent for private functions.  


The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority offers two venues for wedding celebrations – the Tiffin Centre for Conservation and the Historic Fort Willow Conservation Area. ​


Group Campgr​​ound – Tiffin Centre

The Group Campground is a peaceful area with plenty of flat ground for tenting and a grassy area perfect for playing games. It also includes a lockable storage shed, “dry” outhouses with running-water sinks​, a fire pit and a stone fireplace. It is suitable for up to 50 people – larger groups may be accommodated with the rental of additional outdoor toilets. The campsite is for use by approved groups only.​
  • Capacity – 50 ppl. (higher capacity may be available upon request)
  • Accessibility – accessible​ washroom (outhouse), however sandy soil and grassy terrain may make some wheelchair access difficult; please contact NVCA about using an all-terrain wheelchair​
  • Amenities – ​fire pit and stone fireplace/oven, outhouses, non-potable water (warm months only), storage upon request.
  • Minimum group size is 20 campers/night.​

​​New! A second group camp site is slated to open in 2018. This campground will accommodate an additional 50 campers with a new “dry” outhouse, fire pit and picnic tables. A shared potable water tap is also being added.​


Outdoor Class​room – Tiffin Centre

The Outdoor Classroom is a two-sided wooden building just down the boardwalk from the Jose Building. Sheltered from the elements, it can serve as an outdoor meeting spot, breakout room or meal area for a small group. 

  • Capacity – 30 ppl. ​at tables, 100 bench seating 
  • Accessibility – fully accessible
  • Amenities – bench seating (tables and other seating options availa​ble)

Picnic Pavillio​​n – Tiffin Centre

Picnic Pavilion is a perfect space for a larger picnic, barbecue or other outdoor event. Its kitchen includes a fridge and a sink with running, potable water (warm months only). There is a wood stove for heat if needed. Picnic tables provide indoor seating for 80 people, and more can be accommodated outside. There is a campfire spot, and a propane barbecue is available to rent.
  • Capacity – 80 ppl. 
  • Accessibility – fully accessible
  • Amenities – fridge, potable water (warm months only), wood stove, picnic table seating

Low Ropes C​​​ourse – Tiffin Centre

The Low Ropes Course challenges participants to work together to succeed at various tasks that progress in complexity. Lead by​ our environmental educators​, these fun, safe games promote teamwork, leadership, trust, communication and problem solving skills.


Ponds ​​& Trails – Tiffin Centre

The ponds a​nd trails at the Tiffin Centre offer opportunities for hiking, geocaching and other recreational activities. Educational programming and some recreational equipment may be arranged for your group if you wish. 
  • Acces​sibility – all-terrain wheelchairs available upon request

Bernie Longson Memorial Pavi​​lion ​- Fort Willow

The Bernie Longson Memorial Pavilion is a stately post-and-beam structure that provides shade and protection from the rain without distracting from the beauty of the natural surroundings. This is a lovely spot for events such as family picnics, company BBQs or a rustic wedding ceremony. 
  • Capacity – 80 ppl.
  • Accessibility – fully accessible
  • Amenities – outhouses (no running water)
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