ENJOY THE VIEW FROM THE SUGARBUSH
38 COATES RD EAST
Location of Central Lake Ontario Conservation's Annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. Limited dates in March and April. (Festival CANCELLED for 2021.)
Purple Woods Conservation Area is a great place to hike, year round, with a spectacular southern view, access to the Oak Ridges Trail, and our Sugar Shack (500 m) and accessible Discovery Walk (900 m) trails. Spring and fall migratory song birds, summer Monarch butterflies, and beautiful fall colours make this conservation area an all-seasons destination.
In March, everything changes. This 41-acre property, located on the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, is home to a large and actively tapped 150-year-old sugar maple forest and our annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. Purchase Festival tickets and discover how maple syrup production has changed from the early Indigenous Peoples' methods to the modern methods used today. Syrup and maple products are also available for sale during the Festival.
COMMEMORATIVE HERITAGE WALK
Our prominent “Heritage Walk” is located beside Heritage Hall and composed of bricks inscribed with the names of people our visitors want to remember, or names of people in our community that Central Lake Ontario Conservation wants to remember.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation has made these bricks available to families and individuals wishing to honour someone special. The minimum contribution for each commemorative brick is $100. All proceeds from the Heritage Brick program will benefit the education and outreach programs provided by Central Lake Ontario Conservation at Purple Woods Conservation Area, including support for our annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival.