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With an extensive sugar bush, the Tiffin Centre for Conservation is the home for all things maple syrup!

Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival


ST-ANNUAL_LOGO_WEB.jpgHosted by the Rotary Club of Barrie, the Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival​ at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation is a tradition spanning more than three decades. 

Costumed re-enactors will be on hand to demonstrate pioneer and First Nations methods of making maple syrup, and Tiffin's sugar shack will be open for visitors to see how syrup is made today. Tiffin maple syrup and other Simcoe County maple products will be on sale.

​Other activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live music, visits with local fire and police officers, and a “Zoo to You" animal show. For a small materials fee of $5, visitors can build a bird feeder to take home. Tiffin's scenic hiking trails will be open, with long and short paths for hikers of all abilities.

New in 2019 - Cadets from CFB Borden will showcasing their outdoor survival preparedness with an extensive winter-camp display.

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​Date & Time: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm. Brea​kfast is served until 2 pm. 

Admission: All-inclusive admission, including breakfast, is $14 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under, and free for infants (cash only please).

Location: The Tiffin Centre is located 10 minutes west of Barrie at 8195 8th Line of Essa, 4 km south of Highway 90 – watch for the signs. 


Funds raised at Spring Tonic help support Rotary programs as well as education and conservation programs at the Tiffin Centre.​

Spring Tonic ​FAQs​​

Where do I get tickets for Spring Tonic?

   Tickets are sold at the gate during the festival. Please note that we can only accept cash.

How much do the activities cost?

   Your admission price includes your breakfast and all activities. The only extra costs you might want to plan for are a $5 material fee to build a bird feeder and money to purchase maple syrup to take home.  Cash only please.

Do I need to accompany my children to this event?

   Yes. Young children will require supervision.

Is there any food for purchase at the Tiffin Centre?

   A pancake and sausage breakfast, complete with local maple syrup, juice and coffee, is included in your admission price. There is no other food for sale, so if you think you'll want a snack, please bring it with you.

Where can I eat?

   Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion (indoor and outdoor options). Water fountains are available at the Jose Centre to fill up re-useable water bottles.

Are there washrooms?

   Yes. There are several outhouses throughout the conservation area. Indoor washrooms are available in the Jose Environmental Education Centre.

What if it snows or rains?

    The festival runs snow, rain or shine.  Please come prepared for outdoor activity and dress appropriately for the weather.

Where can I park?

​   Visitor parking is available in the conservation area; if required, overflow parking will be roadside on 8th Line. The cost of parking is included in your ticket price.

Can I bring my dog to this event?

    Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to attend this event, but note that only service animals may go inside our buildings.

Maple Syrup Tours

Our education program hosts maple syrup field trips throughout the spring. To learn more about our education program for pre-school to high school, visit our Education page.

Tiffin Centre Syrup.jpgSyrup for Sale

Syrup made right here at the Tiffin Centre's own sugar bush can be purchased at the NVCA Administration Office while supplies last!

Price list:

  • 50 ml - $3.50
  • 250 ml - $10.00
  • 250 ml (maple leaf bottle) - $13.00
  • 500 ml - $15.00
  • 1 litre - $25.00
Please note - Requests for larger quantities of small bottles (50 ml) for wedding favours or similar must be placed by February​.