Besides the diversity of plant and animal life on the property, Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is also headquarters for Cataraqui Conservation. Our Administration Office and main workshop are located within the Conservation Area as well as the Outdoor Centre, the base of operations for our education programs and public programs offering curated educational family programs on the weekends during the fall, winter and spring.
Winter is the most popular time of year at Little Cataraqui Creek. We have facilities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, highlighted by 13 kilometres of groomed trails, with Trails 1 to 4 track-set for classic style cross-country skiing. Equipment is available for rent at the Outdoor Centre and cross-country ski lessons are also available.
In early spring we operate a demonstration sugar bush as part of Maple Madness, which is one of our most popular public programs. It takes place during March each year, bringing more than 10,000 visitors through our gates. As well, thousands of area students participate in curriculum-based Maple Madness programs with our education department. For details visit our Maple Madness page. In the summer, we operate a day camp with a focus on nature and outdoor skills for children ages 6 to 11. Visit our Nature Explorers Camp page for details and registration.
The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area’s Outdoor Centre is the base for our public programs and includes facilities such as a snack bar, observation tower, washrooms, equipment rentals and two meeting rooms. The facility is available for rent. See our facility rental page for details.
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation area has a daily admission of $5 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under, with maximum fee of $15 per car (special event pricing may apply). Annual Passes are available for $85 and provide admission to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area for one year. Revenue from the gate fee and annual passes help us maintain the property and offer our special public programming like maple madness, guided hikes, guest speakers, winter equipment rentals and much more. The conservation area is open during daylight hours only.
- Hiking/walking trails
- Education programs for all ages
- Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, including groomed, track-set trails and weekend lessons
- Picnic areas, privies, and benches
- Bird watching, nature appreciation
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area: 1641 Perth Rd. Glenburnie ON