Maple in the Park returning to Island Lake Conservation Area this month

March 10, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

Maple in the Park is returning to the Island Lake Conservation Area, following a two-year hiatus.

The annual event was put on pause during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is returning locally March 17-20, 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m for all ages.

“We’re excited to welcome people back to Maple Syrup in the Park this spring. This event celebrates an iconic Canadian tradition,” said Yasmine Slater, superintendent of Conservation Parks with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC).

“Visitors enjoy coming out each year to explore the parks, learn about maple syrup and sample the pancakes with real maple syrup.”

Knowledgably staff from the CVC will be on hand to share the history, customs and production methods used to make maple syrup. Visitors can tour maple syrup demonstrations and learn about how production has changed over time.

“Our staff share stories and the history of how this sweet treat became an iconic Canadian custom,” said Slater.

While touring the sugarbush, attendees of the event can see the sugar shack steaming.

“Overall, this event is a fun way to learn about this Canadian tradition and enjoy some sweet treats.” Slater told the Citizen

She also noted how spending time outdoors is important for people’s overall health.

“Time in nature plays a critical role in maintaining our personal health and wellbeing during uncertain times. Island Lake Conservation Area is an important part of the Orangeville community. Not only is the park a beautiful green space with ample recreational opportunities, but it’s a place for people to slow down and find a special connection to nature,” Slater explained. “Island Lake Conservation Area has 820 acres of lake, wetland and forests to explore, and the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail is a great way to see the beauty of the park from different areas around the lake.”

Reservations for the event are required in advance to attend Maple Syrup in the Park. Island Conservation Area has 750 tickets available per day for the event, and Slater said it’s important for people to book early to get their preferred date and time. Visit to purchase tickets for March 17-20, March 26 or March 27

“Maple Syrup in the Park is a great way to get outside and enjoy time with your family. It’s a fun way to connect with nature, learn about maple syrup and celebrate the beginning of spring,” she said.

Going forward, CVC has the Maple Syrup by Lamplight at Island Lake on April 1 and 2.

“This event is a fun after hours event where visitors can enjoy a guided tour by lamplight through the sugarbush, followed by maple-themed samplers and a maple beverage of choice by the campfire. Space is limited and this is event is for ages 19 plus,” said Slater.

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