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.
Parking is directly off 8th line, next to a giant trailhead. You really can’t miss it.
There is a trail that starts right next to that, but I went the other way in a counter-clockwise direction.
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.
There was more snow than I had expected. Though I am an hour north of the city, so I should have guessed.
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.
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.
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.
I wonder what the streams under these bridges would be like come Spring.
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.
Fresh snow. Just follow the blazes.
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.
View of a gazebo from the low bridge.
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.
More sunshine. More trees. Yes, please.
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.
After completing the perimeter I made my way back to the Maple Valley Trail.
There is a while lotta maple syrup-to-be going on around here. I bet this place is colourful in the autumn.
Like A LOT. Yum. There is an annual festival held in Tiffin Centre at their Sugar Shack.
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.
80m elevation gain