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  • Fitness trail of Sheppard's Bush in October 2006.Fitness trail of Sheppard's Bush in October 2006.
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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.

New: Parking Regulation

To provide all visitors with an enjoyable experience at Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area, we'll be implementing a new parking regulation. Visitor parking will be available in the parking lot off Industry Street for a maximum of 3 hours between 7 am and 7 pm Monday to Friday. This regulation will come into effect on June 14, 2018, with enforcement beginning on July 3, 2018.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. ​For more information please contact Brian Kemp or Wanda Black​ at 905-895-1281.

​​Management Plan Review

The final Sheppard's Bush Management Plan is now available and takes into consideration feedback gathered throughout the consultative process to help us better manage this beautiful property. We hope you'll look through the plan – the main implementation priorities can be found on page 35. Thank you for your interest in Sheppard's Bush!

View the 2017 Sheppard's Bush Management Plan

We're sure you're keen to devour the whole document, but just to whet your appetite; here are some of the main implementation priorities for Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area over the next five years:

  1. New signage strategy will be implemented at Sheppard's Bush by the Town of Aurora starting in the spring of 2018. This will involve new trail maps and trail markers throughout the property!
  2. LSRCA will continue to monitor the spread of invasive species on the property, and will conduct removals of specific species in order to limit or control their spread.
  3. LSRCA plans/ hopes to create an accessible trail loop throughout the property so that those with limited mobility can get outside and experience Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area.
  4. Did you know you can reserve the pavilions and buildings at Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area for your private function? Visit our website or call us for some more information.
  5. LSRCA also hopes to install a viewing platform overlooking the ravine.