Tiffin Centre

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

This lovely little conservation area is located between Angus and Barrie, at Side Road 25 and 8th Line. Tiffin Centre falls under the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. This is the first of their parks I’ve visited, and certainly not the last.

Tiffin Centre Trail Map

Parking is directly off 8th line, next to a giant trailhead. You really can’t miss it.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

There is a trail that starts right next to that, but I went the other way in a counter-clockwise direction.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Just next to the main gates is where you’ll find the other end of the trail, which leads you in to the southern portion of the area.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

There was more snow than I had expected. Though I am an hour north of the city, so I should have guessed.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

The area is quite well maintained and has sturdy bridges and boardwalks through the lower trails. This makes for a great accessible adventure in the warmer months.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

There is a parking fee here of $6.50, but let it be known: they only accept credit cards. It’s an online payment. So don’t waste your morning like I did trying to find a bank to get cash. It won’t help.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

I am so loving these blue skies lately. It doesn’t even phase me that the temperatures are still below freezing. Sunshine means Spring is on its way and I am all for that.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

I wonder what the streams under these bridges would be like come Spring.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Up at the north end of the park I ended up following the snowshoe trail. It doesn’t seem that anyone has touched it in months. I love being the first to break the snow! All along here there were these makeshift shelters. This one was the most epic.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Fresh snow. Just follow the blazes.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Back along the main trails, there this long low bridge at the very top of the area. It doesn’t seem to overlook much right now.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

View of a gazebo from the low bridge.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

There are many secluded picnic tables around the area. I would make for the one just to the left of this photo. It overlooks the Papa Bear Pond and is fairly well hidden off a side trail.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

More sunshine. More trees. Yes, please.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Just outside the Tiffin Centre proper is a hydro field. The snowshoe trail meanders out here and joins back to the main trail. There is also a small loop of the top east corner of the area. I didn’t go there because it wasn’t included on my map, but you can find references to it in the area itself.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

After completing the perimeter I made my way back to the Maple Valley Trail.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

There is a while lotta maple syrup-to-be going on around here. I bet this place is colourful in the autumn.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Like A LOT. Yum. There is an annual festival held in Tiffin Centre at their Sugar Shack.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

My last loop was cut short as part of the trail was blocked. There were signs that warned of storm damage but I couldn’t see anything and I wasn’t going to try. The snow is not your friend if you want to be sneaking around.

Tiffin Centre for Conservation

1hr 19mins
5.53km
80m elevation gain

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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