Tiffin Centre Conservation Area
The Tiffin Centre is open in all four-season with the purpose of environmental recreation and education. It has 17 km of looped trails that wind through wetlands, forests, open plains and lake beds. This park also has sugarbush in the late winter. It is roughly around 300-acre, and within the park, they have Tiffin Environmental Education center for school children. They also offer programs for daycare and community groups, summer day camping. There is an annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival, and other seasonal activities occur throughout the year.
Directions and address to Tiffin Centre Conservation Area
Address: 8195 Concession Line 8, Utopia, Ontario
It takes an hour and 14 min from Toronto, closer to Innisfil.
- Get on Gardiner Expy W from Bay St 6 min (1.9 km)
- Continue on Gardiner Expy W. Take ON-400 N to Innisfil Beach Rd/Simcoe County Rd 21 in Innisfil. Take exit 85 from ON-400 N
54 min (93.5 km)
- Take County Rd 53, McKay Rd, Simcoe County Rd 27 and Side Rd 25 to 8th Line in Utopia
Only for the vehicle
- Daily Parking – $10.00 per vehicle
- Annual Pass – $70.00 per vehicle (valid for all NVCA-operated conservation areas)
- In my opinion, their payment options are not user-friendly or accessible for many people. You can pay on site with your smartphone using MacKay Meters (look for signs in parking lots).
- Pre-pay at home on your computer mackay.pay.com or phone (1-844-334-7078 toll-free). You may require a zone number when you make your payment.
- Tiffin – Zone 3011
- Pre-purchase a pass from the NVCA offices, located at the Tiffin Conservation Area, 8195 8th Line, Utopia (open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
- Cross-country ski
- Spring Maple Syrup Festival
- Summer camping for kids
- Other educational programs
- Goldilocks Disc Golf Course – for Disc Golf – a nine-hole course around various ponds including Papa Bear Pond, Mama Bear Wetland, and Baby Bear Pond.
Why visit Tiffin Centre?
The reason why one would choose to visit Tiffin Centre is for 1) Beautiful wooden rails like a boardwalk few meters (see my picture below 2) Maple syrup and trees- interesting for kids to see .
Is it worth a visit?
If you are in Toronto or in the neighborhood, it is a nice area to visit. However, if you are travelling from another city, province, or country, I do not find any unique feature here that is worth spending time. Let’s say that you have seen many other places in Toronto and do not know where else to go, then you may want to go for fishing, hiking or Disc Golf.
We probably spent 2 hours of hiking and enjoying nature, but if you are looking to do other activities, you can expect to spend few more hours here.