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Purple Woods CA
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Main Entrance: 38 Coates Road East, Oshawa ON

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Main Parking Lot - Purple Woods C.A.

Open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Please note: parking lot and trails are not maintained in winter.

Purple Woods Conservation Area, the site of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation's annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival.

Along with access to the Oak Ridges Trail, Purple Woods also hosts a 900m Discovery Trail that is accessible.

With a 42 acre sugar bush visitors will enjoy the fall colours and a walk down the Sugar Shack Trail (400m). Purple Woods CA brochure.

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Commemorative Walk~ Central Lake Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of a Commemorative Heritage Walk at Purple Woods Conservation Area.


A short 0.5 km trail allows for a quick stroll down into the hollow. This is where you will find the sugar shack, which is the heart of this operating sugar bush. Visit in mid-March and discover how maple syrup production has changed from early native methods to the modern methods used today (Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival). Syrup and maple products are also available for sale at this time. If you visit in the spring and summer, you may have the opportunity to see or hear some of the more common forest birds in the canopy of this mature deciduous forest.


Hiking   HIKING: The short trails at Purple Woods Conservation Area are great for a quick stroll through the mature sugar maple forest. Those looking for a more extended hike can access the Oak Ridges Trail from this Conservation Area. Click for more information on the Oak Ridges Trail.

Pet Policy   PET POLICY: Pets are permitted within Purple Woods Conservation Area. Please clean up after your pet, and keep them on a leash (maximum 2 m long) at all times. Please note that dogs are not permitted at Purple Woods Conservation Area during the Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival (mid-March). Pet owners violating these regulations will be fined.

Wildlife Viewing   WILDLIFE VIEWING: A short hike into the middle of the mature sugar maple forest will often reward visitors with the sweet sounds of several different forest bird species.

Nature Studies   NATURE STUDIES: This area is a great place to go for those wanting to improve their forest plant and bird identification skills without having to venture too far from the car.

Season of Operation

This conservation area is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Please note: parking lot and trails are not maintained in winter.

Downloads and Maps

Download the Purple Woods C.A. Brochure (PDF - 1Mb)

Directions to Purple Woods Conservation Area

Directions to Purple Woods Conservation Area

Purple Woods is located approximately 5 minutes north of Oshawa at the intersection of Simcoe Street and Coates Road (Concession 10).


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