Wesley Brooks Memorial Conservation Area
Known locally as Fairy Lake, this 13.4 hectare Conservation Area in Newmarket has become a focal point for community events. Free concerts, a family fishing festival and numerous holiday celebrations are held at this beautiful site.
A heavily wooded island and several marshy areas at the park's southern end provide excellent nesting and feeding grounds for local waterfowl while the groomed trails and playground entice visitors to stretch their legs, and get out to play. The first dam at the site was built in 1801 to power a mill, since then, the purpose of the dam has transferred to flood control for the East Holland River.
Fairy Lake is managed by the
Town of Newmarket.
Planning to visit? Please note that LSRCA and the Town of Newmarket advise against kayaking or conducting any water-related activities on Fairy Lake due to the unpredictability of the water levels and water flow.
Nokiidaa and Tom Taylor Trails (September 2022 to Spring 2023)
The Regional Municipality of York is inspecting and rehabilitating the York Durham Sewage System forcemain through the Town of Newmarket. Access to Nokiidaa/Tom Taylor trails and some pathways in the Wesley Brooks Conservation Area may be temporarily restricted while investigation work is taking place. Read the full notice from the Regional Municipality of York with map here.