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It’s Maple Madness starting this Saturday, March 2 until April 7

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For Immediate Release
Monday, February 25, 2013

March is the month for all things Maple! A sticky sweet harbinger of spring, the maple sap has begun to flow and Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas are firing up for two marvellous maple syrup festivals.

The sweet fun begins this Saturday, March 2 and continues until Sunday, April 7 (weekends, March Break and holidays). Mountsberg Conservation Area is pleased to welcome visitors to the working sugar bush at Maple Towne and Crawford Lake Conservation Area presents Sweetwater Season.

Regular park admission fees apply and the festivities are free for children age 4 years and under. Best of all, you can visit two parks for the price of one, as admission to one park may be used at any other Conservation Halton park (except Glen Eden) when visiting the same day. Conservation Halton annual members only need to show their pass for admission. For more information on all Conservation Halton recreational activities and special events visit

Maple Towne at Mountsberg

Did you know it takes 40 litres of maple sap to make one delicious litre of maple syrup? Or that the Sugar Maple has the sweetest sap of any maple tree? If you didn’t, Mountsberg Conservation Area can help. Mountsberg’s Maple Towne sugar bush has been producing maple magic for more than 150 years and educating the public for over 30 years.

Approximately 600 trees will be tapped this spring and the watery sap will be magically transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty. How will it be served? Over piping hot pancakes in the Pancake House of course! Maple candy tasting, guided horse drawn wagon rides and tours of the sugar bush with Conservation Halton Forestry staff round out the maple experience. Spring has come calling in the rest of the park as well. In the Cameron Barnyard, kids will love to meet our baby sheep and goats before a romp in the Play Barn. In the Mountsberg Raptor Centre the birds of prey will be stretching their wings in the outdoor theatre (weather permitting) as they greet visitors during shows at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Sweet Water Season at Crawford Lake

The skill of maple sugar making was learned from Ontario’s First Nations who had been enjoying the tasty treat for generations before European contact. A trip to Crawford Lake will help you step back in time to learn how maple sugar would have been made in an Iroquoian Village over 600 years ago. Sweetwater demonstrations occur through out the day and conclude with a tasty morsel of cornbread soaked in maple syrup. Maple taffy on snow will also be available from 1 until 4 p.m. (weekends and March Break).

About Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area is located at 3115 Conservation Road in Milton (at the corner of Guelph Line and Conservation Road (formerly Steeles Ave.), 15 km north of the QEW and 5 km south of the 401). For more information please call Crawford Lake at (905) 854-0234 or e-mail

About Mountsberg Conservation Area

Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville between Highway 6 South and the Guelph Line. For more information please call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 or e-mail

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Media Contact:
Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233