Jump into Mountberg and get busy with all there is to do! The kids will love petting a goat in the play barn, jumping off hay bales, and sampling delicious maple candy. They’ll want to come back again and host their birthday party here.
If you like to exercise in fresh air, hike to the sugar bush or take the mountain bike for a spin on the trails. Mountsberg is bursting with animal life from the farm animals in the barn, to the bison in the paddock, and the frogs peeping in the reservoir.
Last but not least is the famous Raptor Centre: the home of our many feathered friends like Octavius the Great Horned Owl and Pip the American Kestrel. Daily public educational programs and events, like Bird of Prey shows, means there is always something to participate in and learn. Teachers, visit our Education pages for more on our curriculum based environmental programming. Before you leave, did you visit the gift shop here at Mountsberg? Come in and survey the goodies on sale like maple fudge, maple tea, and maple cookbooks: the Discovery Centre is open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Spring/Summer at Mountsberg
Mountsberg is the family friendly epicentre of Halton Parks. Hike out to the Sugar bush with the kids to Maple Town. Maple Town is fun and educational! Learn how sap is tapped from the maple trees, and boiled into syrup. Sample ooey gooey maple syrup on thick pancakes, or try homemade maple candy in the Sugar Shack. Wagon rides on the Sugar Bush trail occur all day. Once you’ve whet your sweet tooth, stop by the barn to see what new baby animals have arrived, and run off some energy in the play barn.
Want to experience a real nose-to-beak experience? Visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, and walk along the Wildlife Walkway for a visit with our resident raptors, like Pip the American Kestrel, or Chomper the Great Horned Owl.
If you’re after peace and quiet in the summer, the Lakeshore Lookout Trail has observation towers- great for bird watchers. Bring a picnic and eat by the reservoir, or go fishing if you’re a keen angler!
Fall at Mountsberg
The Sugar Bush blazes into bright beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow in autumn. Walk down the Wildlife Walkway trail and see the wetlands painted brightly in fall colours. Test your brain power on the Nature Trivia Trail. You can find a trivia sheet at the Discovery Centre before your nature walk. Bring your non-motorized boat to Mountsberg Reservoir and enjoy a calm, scenic view of the park during the spectacular fall colour season.
Autumn is prime time for mountain bike novices to ease into the sport on trails most friendly to the beginner. Spooktacular is when all the little ghouls and ghosts that haunt Mountsberg pop out! Don’t be frightened! Lastly, what’s a trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area without seeing our feathered friends at the Raptor Centre. Wave hi to Jazz the Barn Owl, and Pawgwashiing Migizi. Visit on Vulture Day to learn about Turkey Vultures on the Escarpment. Shutterbugs will love photo-ops with the birds at the Raptors in Focus sessions.
Winter at Mountsberg
The animals in the barn may be quiet, but our trails and event calendar are busy all through the winter. Our most adventurous visitors will enjoy blazing their own path when they cross country ski over ungroomed trails. If you love exercising in the winter, strap on a pair of snowshoes and work up a sweat while you explore the Lakeshore Lookout Trail. For those who are keen on enjoying the outdoors and learning, join staff from the Raptor Centre for the Owl Prowls. Who do you hear hoo-hooing out there?
Every year, Santa asks Mountsberg staff to help him prepare for Christmas Day. Pre-register your little ones to meet the Chief Elf in our Christmas Town program. Families and couples will also enjoy the Tale’s by a Winter’s Fire program and horse-drawn sleigh rides into the sparkling, snow covered sugar bush.
A new barn has recently come to Mountsberg, and you’ll be able to visit up close with the giant Percheron horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens.
Enjoy a private 45-minute program with our staff who are pleased to give you a personalized introduction to the life of the Mountsberg farm animals. Depending on the time of your program and your level of interest, you may get a behind-the-scenes tour of feeding, health-care, training, and socialization.
Bird of Prey Shows
Join Mountsberg staff throughout the year for a fascinating Bird of Prey Presentation! This 20 minute presentation gets you nose to beak with some of Mountsberg’s resident Ontario Raptors. Learn their stories and about the amazing adaptations that make Raptors so unique.Learn More
Is your child’s special day approaching? Stuck for ideas to make this year’s birthday party a hit? Let Crawford Lake or Mountsberg host your child’s birthday! Our staff will plan a unique and educational party that will be fun for all. All Birthday parties run rain, shine, or snow!Learn More
Christmas Town Lottery Registration
It’s a little known fact that Santa flies down from the North Pole to Mountsberg Conservation Area periodically prior to Christmas, where he has a quiet little cabin in the woods. He brings Mrs. Claus and a few elves to think about ideas for new toys, and to speak with children about what they would like for Christmas. Over the years, Santa’s cabin has been joined by a top secret elves workshop, a present wrapping depot, a reindeer flight academy and a cozy kitchen for Mrs. Claus. Together the little village is known as Christmas Town.
Follow the link to learn about Christmas Town and register for the lotteryLearn More
Saddle up and hit the trails with your horse in Halton Parks.Learn More
Mountsberg Gift Shop
Make the most of your family traditions with a sweet bottle of maple syrup and other maple treats such as: chocolate, nuts, fudge and candy! We are open daily from 10am to 4pm (except for Christmas Day) with extended hours until 5pm in July and August. You will find fun, educational and interactive books, toys, puzzles and games for that perfect gift or as an addition to any gathering. Mountsberg features a Christmas Shop starting mid-November to December 31st. Members receive 15% off gift shop merchandise. Conservation Halton gift cards are available in any denomination.We accept cash, Interac, Visa, American Express and Master Card.
Jump, climb, skip, and run around in the play barn. Our younger visitors will love burning off the maple syrup candy here!
Come nose-to-beak with a raptor at Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Tucked away in the woods of Mounstberg, the Raptor Centre has been providing educational and entertaining displays since 1994.Learn More
Mountsberg Reservoir sits quietly behind the bustle of the barn, the Raptor Centre, and the busy Sugar Bush. You’ll hear the frogs peeping in the spring, and see ducks and turtles swimming in the warm months. Anglers will enjoy a quick fishing trip close to home.