Canada’s capital region loves to celebrate the sweet and natural treat that is maple syrup. Maple syrup season usually starts in late February and can run into April – a late winter and spring highlight! Ideal temperatures of +5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) during the day and -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) during the night start the sap running through the trees. It takes 40 litres of sap to reduce down (by boiling) to one litre of maple syrup. The tasty result is definitely worth the wait!
Located in the heart of a sugar bush about 10 minutes east of Parliament Hill, the Vanier Museopark is the only francophone museum in the Canada’s capital region. What’s more, it’s home to the world’s only fully-functional urban sugar shack! The onsite restaurant offers delicious traditional meals from mid-February to late April (open without reservations on weekends). Every year, the Vanier Museopark also holds a Sugar Festival (April 6 and 7, 2019) that harkens back to old maple sugar traditions. Open year-round, the small museum is the ideal place to discover the richness of the region’s francophone heritage and the history of its inhabitants.