It is officially spring, and although there may still be traces of snow on the ground, spring means it’s Maple Syrup time in Ontario! This weekend there are so many maple syrup themed events taking place. You can also check out upcoming and ongoing events here. Nothing says Canadian family fun like maple syrup eh?
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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!
BugFeast @Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – Join us during March Break and put your taste buds to the test! Come sample real insects like beetle larvae, crickets, and this year we are baking with insect protein powder! We’ll tempt you with 3 bugtastic food samples all aligned with this year’s theme of HONEY! Samples are FREE with paid admission. Are you brave enough to eat a bug?
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.
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.
Maple Festival – Come and taste spring at the museum! Join us as we prepare maple syrup the old-fashioned way over a wood fire using our 115 year old sap kettle! We’ll have lots of tasty samples and treats, as well as fun contests and kids’ crafts and activities!
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 2015 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!
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 (Feb 28 – 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.
National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Offering you inspiration for your home and landscaping projects. With over 750 exhibitors showcasing their best and newest products and services – you won’t want to miss all the great opportunities they have to offer you and your home.
Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Toronto’s ultimate March break destination. We are thrilled to be back for our 12th year offering families quality entertainment at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Our indoor fun park has entertainment to thrill the whole family with over 20 mechanical and inflatable rides, a little tots area for the under 5 set, arts and crafts, animals, elephant rides and more!
Comicon – TORONTO COMICON as presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™ has now grown to become a spectacular 3 day event! Located in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the show will be boasting unique exhibitors, presentations, workshops and many celebrity guests. Don’t miss out on spring’s #1 community event in Toronto!
Canada Blooms @ Direct Energy Centre – Explore over six acres of stunning creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance designed by Canada’s best landscaping talents. Choose from and enjoy over 200 hours of gardening demonstrations and talks where local, national and international experts share their wealth of knowledge and passion for horticulture.
March Break Madness at Colasanti’s – Enjoy discount pricing on All Day Ride Passes during March Break, beginning Saturday March 14 and ending on Sunday March 22. Passes for children are $14.99 plus tax (unlimited mini golf, zoo, bumper cars, inflatable, kiddie rides, and Miner Mike coaster ride – height restrictions apply), and passes for adults are $11.99 plus tax (unlimited bumper cars, Miner Mike coaster ride, mini golf and zoo).
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.