News release – Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival will once again be open to the public this weekend, April 2-3, 2022, at the Tiffin Conservation Area.
Visitors will learn firsthand how maple syrup was made by Indigenous Peoples and pioneers. The sugar shack will also be open for visitors to see how maple syrup is produced today. Admission also includes a full pancake and sausage breakfast with fresh maple syrup, as well as activities including historical reenactors, firefighters, paramedics, outdoor skill demonstration by the Cadets and much more!
“The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival is a 30-year tradition. We are so pleased to host it again after two years of minimum contact with the public,” said Byron Wesson, Director of Conservation Services at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA).
“Not only is it a celebration of Spring, but it’s also a way to celebrate the Canadian heritage of maple syrup production and provide educational entertainment for adults and children alike.”
The festival is jointly hosted by NVCA and the Rotary Club of Barrie. Volunteers from the Rotary Club generously donate their time to organize Spring Tonic and manage different stations during the event.
“We appreciate the many inquiries coming forward for assisting us with this year’s festival,” said John O’Brien, Chairperson of the Spring Tonic Festival at the Rotary Club of Barrie.
“Bringing back the many volunteers who make this festival happen will be a treat after this two-year hiatus. It will be a pleasure to see families of smiling faces once again.”
Tiffin’s very own maple syrup will be for sale in limited quantities. All proceeds go towards Rotary community projects and the maintenance of NVCA’s conservation areas.
Images via Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority