PURPLE WOODS MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL
Come out and experience a Canadian spring in our sugarbush! Sap collected from hundreds of
sugar maple trees is boiled on site into delicious maple syrup. On your self-guided tour, you can visit our modern evaporator, enjoy games, activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and, of course, pancakes with real maple syrup. Don't forget to stop by our Heritage Store to purchase some maple treats to take home!
2023 FESTIVAL DATES AND HOURS
March 10 (Fri)
March 11-12 (Sat/Sun)
March 15-17 (Wed.-Fri.)
March 18-19 (Sat/Sun)
March 25-26 (Sat/Sun)
April 1-2 (Sat/Sun)
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Entrance Fee: $8/person (tax included)
Children 2 years old and under are FREE. Tickets are non-refundable.
Online purchase is strongly recommended. On-site ticket availability is limited by Festival capacity and you may be turned away. On-site Entrance Fee is $11/person, payable by Visa, Mastercard and Interac Debit only (no cash).
Location: Purple Woods Conservation Area
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST MENU
$7 - Large Pancake Order (3 pancakes)
$6 - Small Pancake Order (2 pancakes)
$7 - Gluten Free Pancakes (2 pancakes)
$3 - Pork Sausages (3 bkfst sausages)*
$1 - Extra Syrup
$1 - Coffee
$1 - Cider (hot/cold)
$1 - Hot Chocolate
*Halenda's sausages made with
Purple Woods Maple Syrup!
Maple Syrup Demonstrations
Self-guided Sugarbush Hikes
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides**
Heritage Store ($)***
TRACKS Youth Program (March 10)
Oshawa Museum in Aunt Penny's Cabin (Saturdays)
Scugog Shores Museum in Aunt Penny's Cabin (Sundays)
Oshawa Library at Cedar Tea Station (March 17)
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue with on-site animals (March 25-26)
All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle (April 1)
* $2 cash only - at bottom of hill
** $3 / person, cash only - pay the driver
*** Accepted payment includes MC, Visa, Debit and cash. Open all Festival days 9:30AM - 3PM
Community Groups Pancake Program
Pancakes and beverages are served by various community groups who also help out with clean-up services in Heritage Hall. In exchange, they receive a donation of $300 per day of service for participating.
Accessible TrailsDo you have accessible trails? We offer accessible trails at: Bowmanville Westside Marshes Conservation Area Connector to paved Waterfront Trail (200m) surface: crushed granular Heber Down Conservation Area Maple Leaf Trail (750 m) surface: crushed granular Iroquois Trail (Town of Whitby, 2.3 km) surface: asphalt Lynde Shores Conservation Area Waterfront Trail (3.1 km) surface: asphalt Purple Woods Conservation Area Discovery Trail (900 m) surface: crushed granular, rolling terrain though slopes do not exceed 8%
BearsWill I encounter a black bear in a conservation area? Black bears live in most parts of Ontario and are rare visitors in our conservation areas. For your personal safety, and for the well-being of bears, it is important to learn about bears and their behaviour. Please review the "Be Bear Wise" from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. For an immediate emergency call: 911 To report a bear sighting in a conservation area call: 905 579 0411
CampingIs camping offered at any conservation areas? Unfortunately we do not offer camping at any of our conservation areas; however, Darlington Provincial Park offers seasonal camping.
Canoeing / RentalsDoes Central Lake Ontario Conservation have canoes for rent? We do not rent out canoes, but we do have a seasonal* canoe launch (Open from July 15 to September 15) at the provincially significant Lynde Creek Marsh at Lynde Shores Conservation Area. This launch is off the main parking lot at the Victoria Street entrance. *Canoeing/paddling is not permitted in this area during other times of the year in order to minimize the disturbance to wildlife that use this marsh during their sensitive breeding and migration periods.
Fallen TreesWho should I call about a fallen tree? If a tree from your property falls on your property or onto your property from a neighbouring property, it is your responsibility to remove and report service interruptions to hydro, and phone/cable providers. However there are exceptions when the tree is on public land as follows: If a tree falls onto your property from a Central Lake Ontario Conservation property, please contact us If a tree falls onto your property from a municipally owned park or property, please contact your municipality
FishingIs fishing allowed in the conservation areas? Fishing is permitted at Bowmanville Westside Marshes Conservation Area, but anglers are asked to please stay on the designated trails, to take their garbage with them, and to fish only at approved locations. Anglers should be aware that while fishing is permitted, it is still regulated through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which includes the possession of a valid fishing license and respecting provincial catch limits. Safe consumption guidelines can be found at ontario.ca/fishguide.
Freedom of InformationHow do I submit a Freedom of Information Request? Fill out and submit our Access/Correction Request. A $5 fee applies.
Garbage Cans in the Conservation AreasWhy aren't there more garbage cans in the conservation areas? Garbage receptacles in conservation areas are an attractant for our wildlife. Raccoons, skunks, and flying insects are all drawn to garbage, and can create a public safety issue for visitors. Wildlife and garbage generally results in garbage being spread over a large area, and possible health impacts to wildlife. Garbage is expensive! Staff time and equipment is required to collect and transport garbage along with disposal fees. Recovering the costs related to garbage receptacles would impact the parking fees and we make every effort to keep parking fees low so we can continue to offer affordable visits to our conservation areas. Central Lake Ontario Conservation does not sell or supply any products or materials that would generate garbage, such as drinks and snacks. Any garbage at the conservation areas has been brought in by visitors. We think it is reasonable that visitors who bring in garbage can take the garbage home for recycling and disposal. Staff hope that the "carry in, carry out" policy for garbage actually invokes thought about the waste we generate and encourages waste reduction and recycling at home.
Invasive PlantsWhere can I report invasive plants? Report your observations to the Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program hotline to help track target areas and species ranges and contact Alex Kissel, Terrestrial Ecologist by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (905 579 0411 ext. 107).
PhotographyMay I take photos in the conservation areas? We encourage photography for personal enjoyment in all our conservation areas. Wildlife and landscape photography can be entered into our photo contest. In accordance with Ontario Regulation 101/90, we do charge a fee for professional photographers who are using the conservation areas to do business.
Report a SpillHow Do I Report a Spill? Spills can be reported to the Province of Ontario by phone or through an online form.
Sensitive Areas PermitHow do I apply for a Sensitive Areas Permit? Fill out the Application to Access Sensitive Areas and submit by fax, mail, or in person to Central Lake Ontario Conservation.
WildlifeWhat should I do if I see an injured animal or an abandoned baby animal? Do not approach or touch the animal. Often wild animals have the best chance of survival if left on their own. This is why it is important to assess the situation carefully. Is the animal exhibiting abnormal behaviour? If you are concerned, please contact Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue or the Toronto Wildlife Centre. If the animal is a turtle, please contact the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. If it is an animal emergency, be sure to contact the rescue centres by phone rather than email. The goal is always to rehabilitate and return wildlife back to the location where they were found. Recognize that it is illegal to keep any wild animal as a pet.
Winter Activity Equipment RentalsDoes Central Lake Ontario Conservation offer winter activity equipment rentals? Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are permitted in all of our conservation areas, pending conditions, however, there are no equipment rentals available. If you are interested in trying out snowshoeing, we do host an annual event in February where we invite the public to enjoy this winter activity at Enniskillen Conservation Area.
GPS Address: 38 Coates Road East, Oshawa
Warning: Ritson Road, north of Raglan Road, is a very rough, unapproved roadway. If coming from the south, please use Simcoe Street.