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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.​

Notice to Visitors: Service Disruption

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with the Town of Aurora, has been working to remove a barrier to fish passage within the East Holland Tributary. The barrier is located immediately​west of the trail intersections of Tim Jones Trail and Klaus Wehrenberg Trail.

In addition to removing the fish barrier, a new pedestrian bridge will be installed and approximately 130 metres of adjacent creek banks will be restored using natural channel design techniques with native plant material to be installed in the spring of 2019.

Construction is anticipated to end in December.