The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Riverine Flood Status
Lake Simcoe Shoreline Status
Low Water Status

Wesley Brooks

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 the Conservation Authority 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.


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Hours, Locations & Map

Open daily from dawn until dusk

Latitude: 44.0481
Longitude: -79.4564

Location: Near the intersection of Main Street and Gorham Street in Newmarket. Parking is available in a lot off Water Street. The driveway leads to two separate lots. Property can also be accessed from the Nokiidaa Trail.

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Town of Newmarket
1-877-550-5575 Toll free​

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  • Forest
  • Manicured Lawn
  • Reservoir
  • Holland River

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  • Main Walking/Cycling Trails are paved
  • Secondary trails are natural surfaces
  • Connection to Nokiidaa Trail and Tom Taylor Trail
  • Playground
  • These amenities are managed and maintained by the Town of Newmarket
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