Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Slide Staff talking about the making of maple syrup

Come visit our park located on the Niagara Escarpment and tap into spring!

Enjoy syrup-making demonstrations, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, taffy tasting and of course a plate of fresh pancakes with real maple syrup!

Enjoy a full lineup of performers, and don’t forget to take some maple products back home with you, available for purchase in our Visitor’s Welcome Centre.

2020 Public Festival Days & Hours

Weekends March 14 – April 5 and March Break (March 16 – 20).

March 14 – 22, 28 – 29, April 4 – 5

Event Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General Admissions

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: A Guided Sugarbush Tour

Date: Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28 and April 4
Ticket times: 10:00 a.m. Tour runs approx. 3 hours
Cost: $40+HST/person (includes tour package and all-day access to the festival)

This guided sugarbush tour will take visitors on a trip through time with the story of maple syrup production. Guests will learn about how a tree makes sap and when the Indigenous People discovered maple syrup. Our sugarbush story continues with tales of the pioneers that produced maple syrup and how the process has evolved today. Finish the tour with a glimpse into the future. How is the changing climate impacting this special resource?

Tours include:

  • • Buffet pancake breakfast at the Watershed Learning Centre
  • • Guided walk to the sugarbush for an introduction to maple sap
  • • Sweetwater Indigenous demonstration
  • • Pioneer production demonstration
  • • Sugar Shack tour
  • • Learn about how changing climate is affecting maple syrup
  • • Receive a take home souvenir

Make the most of your visit. Be sure to check the entertainment schedule to enjoy other activities in the park before or after your tour!

This experience is geared to adult learning and does not include any children-focused activities.

* Groups are limited to 20 people per session. Advanced tickets are required.

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Sap to Syrup: Learn to Make Maple Syrup

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Ticket times: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tour runs approx. 1.5 hours
Cost: $40+HST/person

Spend an evening in the sugar shack with one of CVC’s resident maple syrup experts. This informative workshop will take visitors through the process of making maple syrup in a modern sugar shack. Visitors can collect sap, operate the evaporator and bottle maple syrup produced at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. Discover the science behind maple syrup production and sample different grades of syrup along the way. No experience required!

Workshop include:

  • • Sugar Shack tour
  • • An introduction to evaporator operation, finishing pans and bottling
  • • Maple syrup samples
  • • Maple inspired appetizers, coffee and maple infused hot apple cider
  • • Receive a take home souvenir

Make the most of your visit. Be sure to check out the Visitors Welcome Centre after the workshop to purchase maple products and equipment for making maple syrup at home.

This experience is geared to adult learning and does not include any children-focused activities.

* Groups are limited to 10 people per session. Advanced tickets are required.

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Schedule of Events

March 14

· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Far Shot axe throwing* 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m

March 15

· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· The Country Saw chainsaw carving 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.

March 16

· Ken Ramsden, musician 10:30 – 11 a.m. & 3 – 3:30 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.

March 17

· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Ken Ramsden, musician 10:30 – 11a.m. & 3 – 3:30 p.m.

March 18

· The Country Saw chainsaw carving 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
· Ken Ramsden 10:30 – 11 a.m. & 3 – 3:30 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

March 19

· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Ken Ramsden traditional folk musician 10:30 – 11 a.m.; 3 – 3:30 p.m.
· Far Shot axe throwing* 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

March 20

· Ken Ramsden traditional folk musician 10:30 – 11 a.m.; 1 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 12 – 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

March 21

· Far Shot axe throwing* 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 12 – 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

March 22

· Lofty the Magician 11 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 12 – 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

March 28

· Far Shot axe throwing* 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30a.m. – 12p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m.

March 29

· The Country Saw chainsaw carving 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 12 – 12:30 p.m. & 2 – 2:30 p.m.

April 4

· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· The Red River Ramblers 10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.; 12:00-12:45 p.m.; 3;00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 11:00am – 11:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
· Four Paws Flying Dog Show 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 2 – 2:30 p.m.; 4 – 4:30 p.m

April 5

· Blacksmith 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· The Red River Ramblers 10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.; 3;00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
· Lofty the Magician 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.; 1 – 1:30 p.m.
· Glen Caradus puppet show 12 – 12:30 p.m. & 2 – 2:30 p.m

Daily activities
(run 9:30am-5:00pm unless posted otherwise)

Pancake House* 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Taffy station*
Wood branding station*
Giant games
Maple syrup production stations
(Sweetwater Discovery, Early Settlers, Sugar Shack, Changing Seasons)
Tool shop
Scavenger hunt
Self-guided hikes to the sugarbush

*Additional fees apply
**gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and halal options available

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

March 14  “Blessing of the land”
opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m.
(land acknowledgement, smudging ceremony and two songs – one English and one in native tongue)

April 5  “Gratitude of the land”
closing ceremony at 4:45 p.m.

Directions