It’s Maple Syrup Time in Ontario

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Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bushes across Ontario are ready to welcome you because it’s Maple Syrup Time! There are so many sugar bushes to visit at local farms and Conservation Areas.  Be sure to get out and enjoy some fresh air, pancakes with maple syrup and time with your family at one of the Maple Syrup Festivals listed below.

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Southwestern Ontario

Aylmer – Maple Syrup Festival @ Springwater Conservation –  Every weekend in March they host their Annual Maple Syrup Festival! How Canadian eh? It’s a great family event for people of all ages that want to learn how Maple Syrup is made. You can tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for a demonstration and later, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the sugar bush, and of course, eat pancakes at our Pancake House!

Elmira – Maple Syrup Festival – (March 28th) Our attraction has grown into the World’s Largest One Day Maple Syrup Festival.  Come join us and taste, smell and experience the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. The entire family will enjoy the tradition that makes the town of Elmira a vibrant and fun place to visit

Komoka – McLachlan Family Maple Syrup & Pancake House – (Month of March) Mclachlan Family Maple syrup are 6th generation maple syrup producers outside of Komoka, Ont. with Ross and Stuart being the 6th generation.  Currently we have 15,000 taps using vacuum plastic pipeline, reverse osmosis and steam boiler to produce maple syrup.  We also currently sell sap to Kiki Sweet Water company to make health drinks.  We have a 200 seat pancake house and store in our sugar bush which is open to the public during the season.  We sell syrup and maple products from our home in the off season.

London – Maple Syrup Festival @ Crinklaw Maple Products (March 21-22) – Samples, tours, displays, sugar on snow, gift basket draw, maple products for sale, gift shop, wagon rides and a pancake meal.

Rockton – Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Thorndale – Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

GTA

Burlington – Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

Campbellville – Maple Town @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Milton – Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area -Visit Crawford Lake’s reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Sample a variety of syrup grades to determine your maple syrup personality before you pick up a litre (or two!) to take home from the gift shop. Round out the experience with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.

Mississauga – Maple Magic @ Bradley Museum – Learn how to tap a tree, Guided tours of the sap line, including First Nations, Pioneer and modern methods of making maple syrup, Demonstrations in historic Bradley House, Maple themed children’s crafts and games, “Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of, Oversized games to play with outside and enjoy an under 1km walk to Lake Ontario.

Oshawa – Maple Syrup Festival @ Purple Woods Conservation Area (weekends in March and March Break) – See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy some hot pancakes.

Stouffville – Maple Syrup Festival @ Horton Tree Farms – Time to visit our Maple Sugar Bush and sample the sweetness of spring. Come and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in the fragrant maple woods on a crisp March or fresh April day. Smell the sweet aroma billowing from the sugar shack as the maple sap is boiled down to syrup. Savour the taste of hot pancakes fresh off the griddle smothered with our homemade maple syrup in the old log cabin. Experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways is a Canadian tradition to be enjoyed year after year.

Woodbridge – Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (Feb 28 – April 6) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

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Eastern Ontario

Kingston –  Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 14th – 28th) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations, our annual Bake Sale and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

Prince Edward County – Maple in the Country (March 28-29) – It’s time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County – MAPLE SYRUP! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos, live music, and more.

Delta – Maple Syrup Festival – (April 18-19th) As soon as the sap starts to run, the community of Delta starts to prepare for the Delta Maple Syrup Festival.  Started as a Centennial Project, this annual event offers entertainment, refreshments, activities and of course, maple syrup and pancakes to the thousands of people who visit the Village of Delta each spring.

Central Ontario

Bradford – Harvest Maple Syrup & Tap Into Spring! – Maple Syrup season is filled with traditions of families and neighbours coming together to harvest the sweet sap as the forest prepares for Spring awakening. Join the LSRCA staff in using the techniques of early settlers to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap and help boil it down into delicious maple syrup. Rewards for your hard work will include some pure syrup drizzled over a toasted waffle. Your family will love this engaging way to get outside and connect with nature!

 

Buckhorn – Maplefest (Weekends March 14th-29th) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes.

Elmvale – Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)  The Festival offers something for the whole family.  Our award winning maple syrup, arts and crafts, midway rides, pancake eating and log sawing contests, great music and of course the sugar bush tours throughout the day Saturday 

Holstein – Holstein MapleFest (April 11-12th) @ Love’s Sugarbush – Bring the whole family for a day in our 40 acre sugarbush. Weʼll be serving our tummy filling Pancake and Sausage breakfast all day long. Enjoy our free craft sale with over 30 original vendors. Plenty of demonstrations in the sugar bush to enjoy, including the Fergus Highlands Pipe Band, Blacksmith, Taffy Pull, Ice Cream Making, Candle making, Catapults, our new Rope Bridge and plenty more.

Midland – Sweetwater Festival (March 28th – 29th) @ Wye Marsh – Activities are happening all day at the Wye Marsh during the Sweetwater Festival! Come out and see how maple syrup is made, roast some bannock on the fire or enjoy our delicious pancake breakfast. Thank you can tell the difference between real and fake maple syrup? We will put you to the test. This is one sweet event.

Orillia – Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orangeville – Maple Syrup Festival (March 28th-29th) @ Island Lake Conservation Area –  With wagon rides, live music and entertainment, a tour through the sugar bush, and maple syrup tasting, the whole family can enjoy this annual event.

Sunderland – Maple Syrup Festival (March 28th-29th) – People travel great distances each year to see what riches the little town of Sunderland has to offer. They come to join in the festival fun and to be part of a small town community filled with love, drive and spirit. Everyone enjoys the exciting variety of events taking place during the festival weekend.

Uptopia – Spring Tonic (April 11th-12th) @ Tiffin Centre – The highlight of the maple syrup season at the Tiffin Centre, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Barrie! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, with maple syrup made on site, see how maple syrup is made today, and long ago, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live entertainment & more!

WarkworthMaple Syrup Festival (March 14th-15th) – Compare the native, pioneer and modern methods of gathering and processing the sap. Enjoy the quiet gliding of horse drawn sleigh rides. Explore the educational nature trails. Taste the mouth-watering treat of complimentary maple taffy on the snow. Join in the log sawing contest, the snowshoe competition or the three-person plank race. Give-in to a delicious plate of pancakes and sausages smothered in International award winning syrup served by the Warkworth Community Service Club. Enjoy olde tyme square dance demonstrations, step dancing, clogging and country music. This year’s line up includes the Potter Band and The Percy Swingers.

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Ottawa Region

Cumberland – Annual Maple Festival (March 1st – April 12th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Edwards –  Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 12th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Lanark – Temple’s Sugar Bush (Weekends until April 26th) – A wide variety of breakfast and brunch selections are available during the maple season.  Come visit us, have a meal, browse through the gift shop and take a walk on our sugar bush trail.

Lanark Highlands – Wheelers Maple Products – Tour the Sugar Camp to see how sap is collected, enjoy a pancake meal with real maple syrup, visit the sheep, play in the playground or visit their maple heritage museum.

Pembroke –  Mapleside Sugar Bush – Stop in by chance or by appointment to observe nature’s harvest. See how the sap is collected and transferred to the shanty for boiling. While you’re here, shop for pure Canadian maple products to share with friends and family.

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Northern Ontario

North Bay – Powassan Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)– As in years previous, we will be starting the day with our Pancake Breakfasts at 7am. Most festival activities and entertainment generally come to end an around 4 pm. It will be a full day of food, live music, crafts, and fun family events.

Parry Sound – Killbear Provincial Park’s 8th Annual Maple Syrup Festival  @ Killbear Provincial Park (April 5th) – Wagon rides through Killbear, guided tours of the sugar bush and sugar shack and Hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, tea, coffee or juice ($)

Know of another great sugar bush or Maple Syrup Festival?  Let us know at info@vacationingwithkids.ca