Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Maple Madness 2019

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, 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!

2019 Dates & Location

March 9 to 17 (March Break)
March 23 and 24
March 30 and 31

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 3:00 PM.


$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, debit 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.








Activities & Facilities

All activities except the puppet shows and bake sale take place outdoors. There are washrooms available at the Outdoor Centre and privies at the Sugar Bush. Be sure to come dressed for the weather. It can be cold on the wagon ride back to the sugar bush.

Wagons leave the Outdoor Centre for the sugar bush approx. every 20 minutes. Passengers are dropped off at the wagon turn-around at the top of the hill on the service road. From there it is a short walk down the hill (steep) to the sugar bush facilities. You can also walk back to the sugar bush via the trail network. It is about a 2 km walk from the Outdoor Centre.

Pancakes and drinks are served in the sugar bush. Please enter through the back door of the sugar shack to place your order. You can also purchase maple syrup, maple candy, maple butter and lollipops at the sugar shack. We accepts cash, debit and credit (prices listed below).

NEW Puppet Shows - Dates & Times

Saturday March 9

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

Monday March 11 to Friday March 15 – Daily:

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

Saturday March 16

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

Saturday March 23

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

Self-Guided Sugar Bush Tours

All days of the Maple Madness Program – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Conservation Foundation Bake Sale

Saturday March 16 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

First Nations Display - Dates & Times

Saturday March 9, 16, 23 and 30 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Tree Tapping Demonstrations

Sunday March 10, March 11 to 15, March 24 and 31 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Olde Tyme Sugar Bush Chores

Saturday March 30 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Maple Taffy Demonstration

Wednesday March 13 and Saturday March 30 – 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM

2019 Food & Maple Product Prices

We accept cash, credit cards and tap enabled debit cards. Our system is not able to process Visa debit cards or debit cards that are not tap enabled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • 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 – Only sold at the Sugar Bush

  • 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
  • Maple dip – $3.00
  • Lollipops – $3.00