It’s hard to believe the month of March is almost over!! I guess the saying is true, time does fly when you’re having fun. That being said, be sure to get out and enjoy the nice weather this weekend and have some fun with your family. There isn’t a ton going on but there are still a lot of Maple Syrup based festivals taking place, you can catch a movie or go hiking at a local conservation area. This Saturday, don’t forget to participate in Earth Hour and do your part to help the planet!
EARTH HOUR 2014
This Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30-9:30 pm join millions of homes across the world as they switch off their lights for Earth Hour. Earth hour takes place to raise awareness for the planet. By turning off your lights, and unplugging your appliances and electronics for this hour, you are showing your concern for the future of the environment. Find an Earth Hour event near you or make your own family fun with some of these fun ideas.
Why not catch a movie at participating Cineplex theatres! Every Saturday they have Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50. Find out what’s playing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5
Around Town this Weekend….
Maplefest @ 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. Whatever it is you’re looking for this spring, McLean’s Maplefest is a great way for everyone to shake off a long winter and enjoy the celebration of springs arrival!
Maple Town @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – ee 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.
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.
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 7th) – 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.
Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids
Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 9th – 30th) – 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 and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores
Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush – Enjoy the guided tours, hayrides, demonstrations, displays and brochures. Buy fresh maple syrup and other maple products, and visit the sugar shack and Pancake Pavilion for delicious pancakes, sausages and pure maple syrup. Come and see the improvement made for the 2014 season!
Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – 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. We make our own Fresh Maple Sugar and Maple Taffy!
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.
Maple Syrup Day @ Ganaraska Forest – Tour the sap collecting route, visit the sugar shack, and enjoy story-telling from historic characters who will enlighten you on this sweet tradition. Then create a craft, and enjoy some pioneer games and face painting before settling in for a pancake feast. Cost: $12/adult and $6/child
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
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 1 – April 6) @ Bruce’s Mill – 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.
Hands in the Bowl @ Evergreen Brickworks – Join Evergreen Chef facilitator, Nyle Johnston, for storytelling and community cooking at this fun program for caregivers and children aged 4–7! Sniff, taste, touch and play are key ingredients as you and your little one rolling up your sleeves as you learn to mix, grate, mash and then eat your delicious creations using only your hands! Bring a reusbale container to bring home your creations.
Maple Magic in Georgian Bluffs – Maple Magic is fun for the whole family! Join us to play in the snow, Learn about how to Make Maple syrup, Enjoy a great hot fresh pancake breakfast ($5-$10) Visit the Elk on specially guided tours at 10am and 12pm. and meet our Walmart Elk Dot and Lily. Also join more fun participate in the Tap Line Maze: Log Sawing Competition, Willie Bush Walk and find the Black Holes
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 1 – 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.