Maple Syrup Festivals: A Sweet Event for Families!

Maple syrup season... our first glimpse of hope that Spring is just around the corner! From early March to mid-April, the maples respond to nature and the sap begins to flow.

Ontario provides many opportunities to visit a Maple Syrup Festival or a Sugar Shack - with oodles of fun activities for kids.

Here's what families can usually expect while visiting a Maple Syrup Festival (but do check ahead with the Festivals' websites for specific details!).

You'll see maple syrup demonstrations and learn the history of how sugar is made. Many festivals follow early Canadian settlers' techniques for the production of maple syrup - through the use of cauldron when preparing the sweet syrup, right up to modern methods. You can also discover how Canada's First Nations' made syrup and sugar using logs and hot rocks. Many will feature costumed interpreters and provide hands-on and interactive activities along the way. You'll definitely get to watch sap being boiled while sampling some of the good old fashioned maple syrup fresh from the trees. 

Embark on an old fashioned horse and wagon ride, or take a walk in the woods. You will most certainly enjoy a delicious pancake meal and if you're lucky, they'll even serve local syrup on those pancakes!

The best part? Sugarmakers also produce many fine food products and treats from pure maple syrup which can be purchased on the spot! You can also try old fashioned sugar (taffy) on the snow!

And there are many more activities families can enjoy such as children's entertainment, guided tours, cooking demos, crackling fires, pony rides, romps in the hay bale play area, farm animals to see, and outdoor games.

So grab the family and take a stroll at a Maple Syrup Festival or Sugar Shack near you. It's going to be an unforgettable experience! The aroma of boiling sap and the taste of fresh maple syrup are sure to bring a smile!

Visit the Toronto4Kids Calendar of Events for an extensive listing of Maple Syrup Festivals taking place in Central Ontario and surrounding areas. 

Maple Syrup Trivia

• Freezing and thawing temperatures create pressure and force the sap out of the tree.

• Canada produces approximately 85% of the world's maple syrup.

• In an average year, each tap-hole will produce about 10 gallons of maple sap, enough for about a quart of pure maple syrup.

• It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.

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