Spring is coming! The warmer temperatures mean one this in Ontario. Maple season.
The sap is slowly being coaxed from sugar maple trees across the province, ready to be turned into liquid gold. It’s one of favorite times of year — and is definitely a reason to celebrate.
Families near and far will be heading to their local sugar bush starting as early as this weekend. Want to join them? Of course you do! Here are five of Ontario’s favorite sugar bush festivals to get you started.
Located only an hour north of Toronto, Ontario’s Lake Country is easily accessed by land and water; once you get there pick up your passport and visit 29 stops along the maple route! Also plan to attend some of the maple themed events. Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, meet maple producers and local businesses that have been more and more creative with their products and the different uses of maple.
This is an amazing opportunity to take your family to roll through the countryside in a diesel-hauled train. This annual festival is on April 2nd, from 7am to 4pm. Get ready to enjoy drenched pancakes, apple fritters, homemade toffee, and get delighted looking at arts and crafts vendors.
Experience the world of the maple tree and its bounty with this ?sweet? three day adventure in the Haliburton Highlands. Discover the art and science of producing maple syrup by participating in traditional and modern day maple syrup tasks. Taste their signature maple wine, indulge in a Maple Sugar spa foot treatment, or create your own maple syrup pitcher and amber coloured glass art in a glassblowing workshop at Artech Studio.
Visit one of the The County’s many sugarbushes for a first hand look at syrup production. It’s easy to make it into a weekend as area business all celebrate the seasons first harvest. Stop by The Grange of Prince Edward for a taste of Sapsucker maple water paired with classic Johnny Cakes over an open fire. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of mulled wine!
Come out and tap into spring! This festival starts March 5 to April 3, you can choose between visiting the Kortright Centre, or the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. Learn the process of making maple syrup from an age-old tradition of the First Nations people, who used it both as a food and a medicine. Learn how they would make incisions into trees with stone and bone implements and use birch bark containers to collect the sap.
Find out more about Syrup Season and the 400 maple producers who make it so sweet at OntarioMaple.com