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, thirteen soccer fields, two picnic pavillions 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.


  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Fitness Trail
  • Picnic Pavilion & Picnic Tables
  • Playing Fields (administered by the Town of Aurora)
  • Maple Syrup Evaporator Huts
  • Historic Log Cabin
  • Heritage Home – Historic Sheppard House
  • Summer Children’s Nature Program

The main entrance is at the end of Industry Street, in Aurora. There is also an entrance to the playing fields off of Industrial Parkway South.