As in past years, visitors will be able to enjoy a walk through the woods to the Sugar Shack where we produce our gold label maple syrup.   See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago to modern production methods and visit the Pioneer Cabin by the Sugar Shack. Visit the About page for more details.

Festival Map (pdf)

Below are some more details of extra attractions.
~ Pancakes - $4 small or $5 large serving (cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard)
~ Warming Refreshment Station (by Sugar Shack)
~ Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides - $2/person/ride (cash only pay operater by Sugar Shack)
~ Heritage Store
~ Aunt Penny's Cabin
- Hosted by Oshawa Community Museum
~ Children's Activities - Picnic Shelter
~ Maple Taffy Fun
- Weekends Only ($2/taffy - cash only)
~ Transportation
(Please read details) - Available upon request for seniors and the physically challenged.







Mmm, Pancakes ...
(inside Heritage Hall)

A visit to the Festival would not be complete without enjoying a stack of hot delicious pancakes covered in 100% pure maple syrup. Pancakes will be served daily from 9:30am – 2:30pm with the proceeds going to not-for-profit community organizations. Cost for the pancakes is not included with admission fee. (The public is asked to help reduce garbage by bringing their own reusable plates and utensils. Paper plates and recyclable utensils will be available.)
A General Admission ticket is not required to purchase pancake meals or maple syrup products at Heritage Hall. PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a sold out day, walk-ins for pancakes or the Heritage Store will not be allowed due to safety capacity regulations.

Gluten free pancakes (mix contains eggs and milk) and diabetic syrup are available upon request .

Pancake tickets may be purchased by the kitchen at Purple Woods
(Visa, Mastercard, Cash, Debit)
Large Serving (3 pancakes + beverage): $5.00
Small Serving (2 pancakes + bever age): $4.00
Beverage (coffee, hot chocolate, cold/hot apple cider): $1.00

Pancake Ingredients (pic):
Pancakes are cooked using lard and Aunt Jemima Deluxe add water only pancake batter mix that contains wheat & milk ingredients.
Gluten Free pancakes are available upon request (contains eggs and milk).

Warming Refreshment Station (by Sugar Shack)hot choocolate

Enjoy a small hot beverage down by the Sugar Shack to take off the winter chill. Small 4oz cups are great for little hands. There is no charge for the beverage but a donation box will be available with proceeds going back to the Festival.


Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (By Sugar Shack)

For a small fee, you and your family can hop onto the draft horse-drawn wagon ride and travel back in time through the Purple Woods Sugar Bush.
 Adults and Children $2 each (Cash Only)
Please purchase ride tickets from the wagon operator by the Sugar Shack.








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Heritage Store (Inside Heritage Hall)









Do you have a sweet tooth?  The Heritage Store will be open 9:30am to 3:00pm during the Festival and education days for visitors to purchase maple syrup and maple products. To help the environment, visitors are asked to please bring their own bags to carry their purchases. For product pricing and store hours check out our store page.

A General Admission ticket is not required to purchase pancake meals or maple syrup products at Heritage Hall. PLEASE NOTE: In the case of a sold out day, walk-ins for pancakes or the Heritage Store will not be allowed due to safety capacity regulations.

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Aunt Penny's Cabin (By Sugar Shack)










At the bottom of the trail to your right, you will find a replica pioneer log cabin, complete with artifacts from days gone by and maple sap boiling in our large cast iron pot. Interpreters will tell you how sap was collected from sugar maple trees using buckets and taps. Pioneers depended on maple syrup as a locally available sweetener and a chance for rural families to escape the confines of their winter cabin. Aunt Penny along with volunteers from the Oshawa Community Museum will be hosting this display.

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Taffy Shack
Maple Taffy Fun
(By Sugar Shack)

Weekends Only

Join us down by the Sugar Shack as we make some maple taffy in the pioneer tradition using maple syrup and ice.



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Children Activities

There is no app for this!
Enjoy some special activities for children down at the picnic shelter, across from the Sugar Shack.



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During the festival, transportation will be available upon request for seniors and the physically challenged to access activities at the top and bottom of the hill.   Please inform Authority staff if you require this service upon admission or at the Sugar Shack.

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Sugar Bush Lantern Walk

Join Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) for our first ever Sugar Bush Lantern Walk from 7pm to 9pm on Friday April 6th, at the Purple Woods Conservation Area. Family and friends will enjoy this opportunity to learn about the history of maple syrup, listen to stories from interpretive staff, try their hand at Sugarbush tasks and taste some of that amazing Purple Woods maple syrup.  Lanterns will be provided and a candlelight dessert and cider will be served in Heritage Hall at the end of the walk. (News Release - PDF)
  Tickets must be purchased in advance online or in person at the Conservation Office, 100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa during business hours. Cost is $5/person plus HST and children 2 and under are free.  Hurry space is limited.   
Sorry no tickets at the door.