Pour it on! A trip to the sugar bush for a steaming plate of pancakes covered in maple syrup is a sure sign that spring is almost here, and we’ve got four great options for a maple-filled day trip this March. Most are open weekends throughout March and over March Break, but be sure to check with each location for specific opening information.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Enjoy a guided tour of Maple Lane, where 1890’s costumed interpreters will demonstrate how to tap maple trees and bring the process of making maple syrup and taffy to life. View artifacts in the Maple Museum and tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with syrup and sausage.
Maple Town at Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg’s sugar bush has been producing maple magic for almost 150 years, and educating the public for more than 30 years! Approximately 600 trees are tapped and their watery sap is transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty. See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup, and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles. Learn the secrets of making Maple Candy and taste FREE candy samples. Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under a pavilion nestled in the woods. Take a guided wagon ride through the sugar bush and learn about the history of maple syrup. Climb, jump, and run in the Play Barn. See dramatic birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre and view bison, eagles, hawks and owls along the Wildlife Walkway.
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Enjoy demonstrations, pony rides, activities and of course pancakes and real maple syrup. Special family activities on weekends and March Break include a petting zoo, a chainsaw carver, taffy making, and a puppeteer.
Westfield Heritage Village Maple Syrup Festival
Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and tasty traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods. Families can purchase and enjoy a delicious, reasonably-priced pancake breakfast.