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.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville
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.
WHEN: Weekends in March and the week of March Break (March 1, 7 & 8, 14 – 22, and 28 & 29, 2020) Festival Open: 9:30am – 3pm. Allow 2-3 hours to see and do everything.
Maple Town at Mountsberg Conservation Area, Campbellville
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.
WHEN: Maple Town only runs on weekends, holidays, and during March Break. Open: 10 am – 4 pm. Free with regular gate admission or Halton Parks Membership.
The skill of maple sugar making was learned from First Nations people who have been enjoying the tasty treat for generations. A trip to Crawford Lake will help you step back in time to learn how maple sugar may have been made in a longhouse village over 600 years ago. Gather by the fire for a sweetwater demonstration with cornbread soaked in maple syrup, treat yourself to syrup sampling flights or indulge in some maple taffy on snow.
WHEN: Weekends in March and March Break from 10am – 4pm each day. Free with regular gate admission or Halton Parks Membership.
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Halton Hills
Head to the Niagara Escarpment and tap into spring at this annual festival. Enjoy syrup-making demonstrations, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, taffy tasting and of course a plate of fresh pancakes with real maple syrup. There’s a full lineup of performers, guided sugarbush tours, and even hands-on workshops in the sugar shack to learn how to make maple syrup.
WHEN: Weekends March 14-April 5 and March Break, 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Westfield Heritage Village Maple Syrup Festival, Rockton
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.
WHEN: Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; March Break days Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19, 10 am – 4 pm.