Published on March 9th, 2017 | by Danielle Williams
Tap into Ontario Maple Syrup Festivals.
One of the most anticipated things about spring in Canada is the beginning of maple syrup season, also known as sugaring season. As the weather’s temperature warms up, maple tree tapping begins and maple sap production is in full swing. The sap is gathered over a 12 to 20-day period between early March to about late April.
Since it’s the beginning of March, we don’t want you to miss out on all the sweet sugar shack tours, maple syrup festivals and delicious maple treats like butter, taffy and candy. So bring your sweet tooth and discover Canada’s liquid gold at these maple syrup festivals in Ontario.
Savour Stratford Maple Trail.
March 1 to April 30, 2017
Head to Stratford for a maple culinary experience featuring handmade maple cream chocolates, freshly roasted maple coffee, locally crafted maple moonshine and sweet maple walnut crepes. While at the festival you can also participate in the Savour Stratford Maple Trail adventure. It’s a self-guided tour with 22 stops, where visitors can explore and taste even more unique maple treats.
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival.
March 4 to April 2, 2017
From wagon rides to family activities to eating delectable maple treats, the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival is truly one-of-a-kind. It has four festival locations; Bruce’s Mill in Stouffville, Kortright Centre in Vaughn, Island Lake in Orangeville, and Terra Cotta in Halton Hills. Each location features an array of family-fun activities, guided maple syrup walks, along with old-fashioned and modern maple syrup demonstrations. Click here for more details.
Tap into Maple.
March 1 to May 31, 2017
The Tap into Maple Festival is in Simcoe County right in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country. The festival features a special route and is the perfect place to celebrate, smell, taste and shop all things maple. At different stops around the region, visitors get to explore and experience local maple syrup, history, maple products and several events like the Casino Rama Resort Maple Festival, Shaw’s Sugar Bush, the Orillia Farmers Market Maple Day and so much more. It’s the sweetest route in Ontario to get your senses flowing and your mouth watering for maple treats. Plus you can book a Maple Getaway package. Check out the Tap into Maple Festival site for more details.
Buckhorn Maplefest 2017.
March 11–26, 2017 (Weekends Only)
In its 24th year, the annual Buckhorn Maplefest is a must-see event in the Peterborough and the Kawartha region. The event is located at the McLean Berry farm and is filled with activities for the entire family like horse-drawn carriage rides, eating pancakes, a sugar bush walk, tree tapping, live music, maple demonstrations and so much more. You can get a $7 pass or $25 for a family of four pass and don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth.
Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival.
March 11–19 and March 25–26, 2017
Check out the 42nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival at Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa. It’s your chance to learn how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, go on wagon rides and eat some hot pancakes. And if you can’t get enough of the sweet maple syrup during your visit, no worries you can purchase maple products at the Heritage Store.
Horton Tree Farms Maple Syrup Festival.
March 11 to April 16, 2017 (Weekends Only)
For families in the GTA, head over to the Horton Tree Farms Maple Syrup Festival in Stouffville to enjoy the sweetness of spring. You can eat fresh pancakes in a log cabin, go on self-guided or guided tours to learn about maple syrup production, wagon rides through the sugar bush and of course sample a variety of maple products. This family-run operation, has been an Ontario tradition since 1963 and allows visitors to experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways. Click here for more information.
Wiarton’s Maple Magic.
March 18 to 26, 2017 (Weekends Only)
Located at Regal Point Elk Farm in Georgian Bluffs, Wiarton’s Maple Magic is an event everyone in the community loves. Imagine eating pancakes and sausage meals with Regal Point Maple Syrup, then indulging in maple candy floss and maple taffy-on-snow. Talk about a sweet treat! Then after you’re done eating, enjoy an elk tour or catch the log sawing contest or even take part in the maple syrup production tour. You will want to get there early though as all the fun happens from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.
April 1 and April 2, 2017
Last, but certainly not least, you have to check out the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. There is so much to do here, besides taking in the wonders of maple syrup through bathtub races, games and rides, buskers, a pancake eating contest, a bus tour to see sugar shacks and live entertainment. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the outdoor festival which is a truly rural Canadian experience you don’t want to miss.
Did you know that Canada produces 85% of the world’s maple syrup and the maple syrup business is a $53-million dollar industry? Everyone around the world clearly loves this traditional Canadian sweet dish, so make sure you join the tradition and discover one of these cool festivals.
© 2017 CAA South Central Ontario
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