To the Sugar Shack!
Your Guide to Sugar Shacks in the Greater Toronto Area…
It’s springtime in Ontario and the sap is running! A visit to the sugar shack is the ultimate experience in capturing the spring’s sweetness, and let’s not forget the fun family activities that come with it.
Every year in March and April, when the temperatures plummet below zero at night and rise above zero in the day, maple trees in Ontario are tapped for their sap. The end result is enjoyed in many forms: maple syrup, maple butter, maple candy, and maple sugar. The process is a fascinating one, and several Ontario sugar shacks now invite visitors to participate in the sweet experience of tapping trees.
A visit to a sugar shack will walk you through the process of maple extraction with tours of the sugar bush to see how maple sap is tapped from trees. Visitor can enjoy more than that. Enjoy rides on horse-drawn sleighs and end your visit with a traditional pancake meal. And don’t miss making maple taffy on the snow as maple syrup is poured into snow filled trenches and visitors are invited to swirl a stick.
Sugar shacks are a seasonal ritual in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Here are some great sugar festivals for families to enjoy…
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 a pavilion nestled in the woods. Slide, climb, jump, and run in the PlayBarn. See dramatic birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre and view bison, eagles, hawks, and owls along the Wildlife Walkway. You can also enjoy a guided, leisurely horse drawn wagon ride through the sugar bush.
Mountsberg - Campbellville
Sweet Water Season
See Native Style Sweet Water Presentations and taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup. Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses. There is free craft making for kids and Discovery Hunt with prizes. Interpretive boardwalk around the breautiful and rare Crawford Lake. 19 km of great hiking trails. Maple products for sale in the Gift Shop. Snowshoe rentals available - weather permitting.
Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Campbellville
Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival
Fresh Ontario maple syrup begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park when the park's annual Maple Syrup Festival gets under way. 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.
Bronte Creek - 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
Maple Syrup Festival
With the approach of spring a person may be sure of two things: birds will be singing and pancakes will be flipping at the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority's Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa. A visit to the Festival makes a great family outing!
Purple Woods Conservation - Oshawa
Maple Syrup Festival at Horton Tree Farm
Time to visit the Maple Sugar Bush and sample the sweetness of spring. Come and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in the fragrant maple woods on a crisp March or fresh April day. Smell the sweet aroma billowing from the sugar shack as the maple sap is boiled down to syrup. Savour the taste of hot pancakes fresh off the griddle smothered with our homemade maple syrup in the old log cabin. Experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways is a Canadian tradition to be enjoyed year after year. Please call ahead for hours of operation. The syrup season depends on the weather.
Horton Tree Farms, 14844 Warden Avenue, Stouffville
905-888-1738 or 1-800-420-7385
TRCA Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
It's a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup. Check our special March Break and Easter activities.
Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge or Bruce's Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville
Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake House at Brooks Farms
Festival includes: Self Guided and Guided Tours, Wagon Rides to the Sugar Bush. Maple Sap Tastings, Camp Fire, Pancake House and more!
122 – 141 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert, Ontario