About This Area
Purple Woods Conservation Area, the site of Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority’s annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival in March, is a 17-hectare, sugar maple forest and open meadow located amidst the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine. Enjoy the southern view all the way to Lake Ontario from Heritage Hall. A 0.5-km trail allows for a quick stroll down the hollow. This is where you will find the sugar shack, the heart of this operating sugarbush. Visit in mid-March and discover how maple production has changed from local Indigenous technology to our modern method used today. A favourite destination to see fall colours, Purple Woods Conservation Area is also an access point for those wishing to use the Oak Ridges Trail.