Kortright Centre for Conservation

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Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, regrettably announces the cancellation of its upcoming 2020 Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival to proactively protect visitors, and all who would be in attendance, from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19.

This is in line with the recent announcement from Ontario’s chief medical officer of health recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gathering of more than 250 people and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, as well as recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The 2020 Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival cancellation effects the following locations and dates:

Kortright Centre for Conservation – from March 14 – April 12
Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area – from March 14 – April 12, including March Break (March 16 – 20) and Good Friday (April 10)
Terra Cotta Conservation Area – weekends (March 14 – April 5) and March Break (March 16 – 20)
Island Lake Conservation Area – March 20, 21 & 28

Full refunds will be processed.

For more information and latest updates on the novel coronavirus, please visit:

Come out and tap into Spring! Enjoy demonstrations, wagon rides, activities… and of course pancakes and real maple syrup! Special family-fun activities on weekends and March Break!

2020 Festival Days & Hours

Saturday March 14 – Sunday April 12, 2020 (including Good Friday, April 10)

Hours of Operation: Weekends, March Break (March 16 – 20), Good Friday (April 10)

  • Event: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Maple Syrup Demonstrations: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Gift Shop & Cafe: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: Weekdays

  • Event: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Maple Syrup Demonstrations: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Gift Shop: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Cafe: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

General Admissions

  • 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.

  • Parking: $4 (HST Included) during weekends, March Break FREE for online ticket purchases

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

Group Bookings and Information

Email: visitorservices@trca.on.ca
Phone: 416-667-6295 ext.3 (Open Mon. -Fri., between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Group tours are offered at Kortright from Monday March 9 to Friday April 17, 2020.

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

March 14, 21, 27, 28 and April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Tap into spring with a magnificent guided tour of Kortright’s maple sugar bush. Taste real maple syrup and enjoy a fireside treat as you explore different methods of maple syrup production on this twilight tour.

Please dress for the weather.
Advance Tickets Required: Phone 416-667-6295 ext.3 or purchase tickets online

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Maple Syrup Guided Hikes

Join a pre-registered Maple Syrup guided hike! On this 1.5 hour walk, your guide will share information and stories about the things you are seeing. Turn back the clock as you head down the trail learning about Early Indigenous, Early European Settler and Modern production methods of sap harvesting, as well as sugar and syrup production. You can try out an old-fashioned hand drill and taste maple syrup warmed by the fire. On the way back to the Visitor’s Centre, your guide will answer questions you may have.


  • $20 incl HST for Adults
  • $16.50 incl HST for Seniors (60+) and Children (5-14)
  • Children 4 and under free

Ticket price also includes festival admission. Once the guided tour is finished, you are welcome to enjoy the rest of the festival activities.

Please meet your guide in the Visitor’s Centre 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. Late arrivals may have trouble catching up to the tour.

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Event Activities at Kortright

  • Face Painting  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Toronto Zoo Meet & Greet  11:30am-3:30pm

  • Balloon Artist  11:30am-3:30pm

  • Wagon Rides*  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m

PLUS, Life Size Games and a Maze!
Available to enjoy all festival long, March 14 – April 12, 2020 (including Good Friday, April 10)

*Additional Fees Apply