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Tiffin Spring Tonic festival serving up pancakes and syrup

March 16, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It’s about as Canadian as you can get when the sap is flowing and another maple syrup production season begins in Ontario.

The annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival will again take place in the Tiffin Conservation area this spring.

Maple syrup is the festival’s focus, but there will be plenty of other things to see and do when you visit.

Visitors can explore past and present methods of maple syrup production. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be available with fresh maple syrup, and Tiffin’s own maple syrup will be available for sale on-site.

All proceeds from the event go towards the community and the maintenance of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority’s conservation sites.

This event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Barrie, is a tradition spanning over three decades.

In addition to maple syrup production, you can learn about exotic animals at the zoo, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, listen to music performed by local musicians, and learn some outdoor skills with local cadets.

You can visit the sugar shack to learn how maple syrup is made and learn how to tap a tree with Tiffin’s environmental educators.

While there, you can enjoy the outdoors by hiking through the Tiffin Centre’s scenic trails.

The annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival is a rain-or-shine event, so make sure everyone is dressed appropriately for the weather.

The festival will occur on Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, Apr. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To help with overcrowding and parking, visitors are encouraged to follow a timed entry between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages three to 12. Entry is free for children under two years old.

The Tiffin Conservation Area is located at 8195 8th Line in Utopia.


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