Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Maple Madness 2020 - Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush and learn how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some syrup or sugar to take home. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, tree tapping demonstrations, First Nations Display, Face Painting, Sugar Bush Tours, the Annual Conservation Foundation Bake Sale and much more. Dates and times for these activities are listed below. You’ll want to visit us more than once!

2020 Dates & Location

March 7 and 8
March 14 to 22 (March Break)
March 28 and 29

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area – 1641 Perth Rd. Kingston


The sugar bush is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day of the program, rain or shine. The last wagon ride back to the bush leaves at 3:00PM and last wagon coming back from the sugar bush is at 4:00 PM. Our trails are open until dusk and it is approx. 2 km walk from the sugar bush to the parking area.


$15.00 per vehicle.
(fill your car or carpool!) This includes entry fee, parking, wagon ride and activities. Food and maple products are not included. Cash, tap enabled debit cards or credit accepted at the gate

Adverse Weather

 The sugar bush will shut down during adverse weather conditions. This includes significant freezing rain and extremely cold temperatures. Please check this page for cancellation notices or call 613-546-4228 ext. 222.

Plan Your Day

Activities: All activities except the puppet shows, face painting and bake sale take place outdoors.  Please see times and dates below.

Washrooms: available at the Outdoor Centre and privies at the Sugar Bush.

Wagon rides to the Sugar Bush: Wagons  leave the Outdoor Centre approx. every 20 minutes. Passengers are dropped off at the wagon turn-around at the top of the hill on the service road at the Sugar Bush. Tractor ride may be bumpy. From there it is a short walk down the hill (steep) to the sugar bush facilities. There may be a long wait for a wagon on busy days, we run two tractors and will try and get you back to the Sugar Bush as fast as we can. If the weather is nice, plan to come early and you most likely will encounter lines.

Walking back to the Sugar Bush: You can walk back to the sugar bush via the Service Road. Please access the trails at the back of the Outdoor Centre and follow the signs. Please do not walk on the service road at the warming huts. This causeway is very narrow and for tractor traffic only. It is about a 2 km walk from the Outdoor Centre. The service road is shared with the tractors, please step to the west side of the trail and let the tractor pass. If you plan on walking with a stroller we recommend ones with wider/large wheels as trails are dirt or gravel based.

Pancakes: Pancakes and drinks are served in the Sugar Bush at the Sugar Shack. Please enter through the back door of the Sugar Shack to place your order. On busy days you may encounter long lines to get pancakes. We will try and get you moving through the line as fast as possible, busiest times are 11:30 to 1:00. We accept cash, tap enabled debit only and credit cards. Visa branded debit/credit cards do not work with our system (prices listed below).

Maple Syrup & Candy: is sold at the Sugar Bush and Outdoor Centre snack bar. We accept cash, tap enabled debit only and credit cards. Visa branded debit/credit cards do not work with our system (prices listed below).

Dogs are welcome at Maple Madness and must be on a leash at all times. Smaller dogs may ride on the wagon between your legs or on your lap. Dogs are not permitted inside the sugar shack or the Outdoor Centre.

Have a large group? We take group bookings. For details call 613-546-4228 ext. 222 or email


Activity Dates & Times

Maple Madness Photo Contest

Share photos of your friends, family, your dog, yourself, enjoying the festivities at Maple Madness for a chance to win a maple-themed prize pack. Post your photos on social media with the hashtag #MapleMadness to enter.

Activities @ the Outdoor Centre

NEW - Puppet Shows

Saturday March 7, 14, 21, 28

  • 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, Noon, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM

March Break – Monday, Wednesday & Friday (March 16, 18, 20)

  • 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM

Face Painting

Sundays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (by donation)
March 8, 15, 22 and 29

March Break – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday March 14 and Thursday March 19

Conservation Foundation Bake Sale

Saturday March 21 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Activities @ the Sugar Bush

Self-Guided Sugar Bush Tours

All days of the Maple Madness Program – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

First Nations Display

Saturday’s from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
March 7, 14, 21 and 28

Tree Tapping Demonstrations

Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
March 8, 15, 22 and 29

Olde Tyme Sugar Bush Chores

Saturday March 28 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Maple Taffy Demonstration

Saturday March 28 – 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM

2020 Food & Maple Product Prices

We accept cash, credit cards and debit cards at the Outdoor Centre and the Sugar Bush. 

Pancakes are only sold at the Sugar Bush. Drinks and snacks are available at the Outdoor Centre snack bar.

  • Pancakes – $2.50 each
  • Juice – $2.00
  • Coffee/Tea – $2.00
  • Hot Chocolate – $2.00
  • Pop – $2.00


Pancake Mix Ingredients
Our pancake mix is purchased from Tara Foods in Kingston. The mix contains the following ingredients:

  • Wheat flour
  • Corn flour
  • Rice flour
  • Dextrose
  • Mono calcium phosphate
  • Milk powder
  • Baking powder
  • Sea salt
  • Artificial vanilla

Allergens: contains milk and gluten. Pancakes are cooked using vegetable oil.
We do not offer gluten free pancakes. If you have dietary restrictions like gluten free and would like to bring your own pancakes we will provide maple syrup.

Maple Syrup

  • 2 litre – $50.00
  • 1 litre – $27.00
  • 500 ml glass – $17.00
  • 500 ml tin – $22.00
  • 250 ml – $12.00
  • 50 ml decorative leaf – $5.00

Maple Candy

  • Three leaf bagged – $3.00
  • Leaf 10 pack – $10.00
  • Leaf 10 pack – maple sugar and chocolate $10.00

Other Products

  • Maple butter – $10.00 (only sold in the sugar bush)
  • Maple dip – $3.00 (only sold in the sugar bush)
  • Lollipops – $3.00

Help us reduce our waste. Planning on having pancakes or a hot drink during your visit? Bring your own reusable plate, cutlery or mug and you will be entered into a draw for a CRCA Annual Pass ($85 value). Ballots available at the sugar bush. P.S. our pancakes are quite large so please bring a full size plate to accommodate all that delicious syrup.