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Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area

Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area is 26 hectares (65 acres) in size, and has over three kilometres of hiking trails, eleven soccer fields, two picnic pavilions and several historic buildings including a maple syrup evaporator hut and the Sheppard family house.

Aside from the playing fields, the majority of the property is forested, and includes mature pine plantations, mixed forest, an old sugar bush, and a ravine along the East Holland River. Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area is also part of a larger network of public lands and recreation trails along the East Holland River. From here you can go as far as Holland Landing on the Nokiidaa Trail or from Palgrave to Rice Lake on the Oak Ridges Trail.

Notice to Sheppard's Bush Visitors

There will be partial, temporary trail closures in Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area to accommodate summer camp programming during July and August.

Access to the covered pavilion and the washroom facilities will also be restricted Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm (except for statutory holidays). Access to the Community Heritage Garden will still be available.

Trail closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes are available. Please observe the signs and stay on the designated, open trails.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We're looking forward to a safe and fun summer with our campers!

Management Plan Review

Together with local residents, visitors, community groups and other interested stakeholders we're updating the Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area Management Plan. Your feedback is an important part of this review. Through this process, you will have an opportunity to reflect on the value and use of the property, changes you may have seen over the years, and most importantly, your ideas for the future.

What is a Management Plan?

The Sheppard's Bush Management Plan provides direction so that the property is cared for in a way that balances recreation with conservation. It sets goals to enhance the property and provides the strategies to achieve them. Updates to the Management Plan ensure that policies remain relevant and responsive to new challenges and opportunities. 

Process and Timeline

The Sheppard's Bush Management Plan review and update will consist of five stages:

Stage 1. Implementation Report (November 2016 – January 2017)
Stage 2. Stakeholder Analysis (January – March 2017)
Stage 3. Needs Assessment (April – June 2017)
Stage 4. Preliminary Management Plan and Public Review (July – September 2017)
Stage 5. Management Plan (October 2017)

Documents available for review:

Sheppard's Bush Public Consultation Summary
Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area Management Plan 2009