Island Lake Conservation Area

Slide A child at a maple tree with a hand drill

Come out and tap into spring!

Enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, face painting, a scavenger hunt, axe throwing and of course real maple syrup and pancakes!

Don’t forget to take some maple products back home with you, available for purchase in our Maple Shop and Information Booth!

2020 Public Festival Days & Hours

Island Lake is open 3 days in March only (March 20, 21 & 28)

  • Event Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

General Admission

Online Ticket prices

  • Adults (Ages 15-59): $8.85 + HST

  • Seniors (Ages 60+): $5.75 + HST

  • Children (Ages 5-14): $5.75 + HST

  • Children 4 years and under: FREE (with adult purchase)**

    **Excludes Daycare, Day Camps and School Groups. To reserve for these, please call 1-800-367-0890.

  • Parks Members: Get in FREE / BUY MEMBERSHIP NOW!

Gatehouse prices

  • Adults (Ages 15-59): $9.73 + HST

  • Seniors (Ages 60+): $6.64 + HST

  • Children (Ages 5-14): $6.64 + HST

For group visit information and bookings

Groups with 20 or more participants – Please call 1-800-367-0890

Buy Tickets Online

Online Festival Pass:

Buy your tickets online and receive unlimited general admission to all four festival locations, including Bruce’s Mill, Kortright Centre, Island Lake, & Terra Cotta.*

* Tickets can be redeemed at any location and on any date of the festival, during public hours. Hours and days vary at each location. Must present tickets to receive entry.

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Maple Syrup by Lamplight

Dates: Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4
Ticket times: 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tour runs 1.5 hours
Cost: $25+HST/person

Description: Bring a friend or your sweetheart to be guided by lamplight through the story of the maple sugarbush. Start the tour off with a warm beverage and enjoy the magic of the forest at night as you learn about this very Canadian tradition. End the night with warm campfire treats, a decadent taste of maple taffy and a choice of an alcoholic beverage. Maple syrup and products will be available for purchase.  This experience is geared to adult learning and does not include any children-focused activities.   Appropriate for ages 19+ LLBO event. Advanced Tickets Required.

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Entertainment Schedule

Daily activities:

Daily activities (run 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. unless posted otherwise)
* Additional Fees may apply

Friday March 20, Saturday March 21, Saturday March 28

  • • Free wagon shuttle
  • • Far Shot Orangeville axe throwing (12+)*
  • • Giant games
  • • Scavenger hunt
  • • Wood branding*
  • • Face painting with “Makin’ Faces”*
  • • Learn to tree tap
  • • Sugarbush tour
  • • Freshly made maple taffy*
  • • Photo stations
  • • All day pancake breakfast*
  • • David Kritz, Blacksmith
  • • Glen Caradus, musician and puppeteer (Saturday, March 28th only)

Types of payment accepted:

  • • admission, pancake house and maple shop will accept cash, debit, credit
  • • wood branding station will accept cash only
  • • ATM or cashback is not available onsite

Sarah Ritchie, Metis healer and drum maker from Orangeville will be participating in the festival.

March 20  “Blessing of the land”
opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m.
(land acknowledgement, smudging ceremony and two songs – one English and one in native tongue)

March 20  “The importance of the drum”
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Education Centre (interactive session with Sarah)

March 28  “The importance of the drum”
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Education Centre (interactive session with Sarah)

March 28  “Gratitude of the land”
closing ceremony at 3:45 p.m.