Tap into spring with the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at the Kortright Centre for Conservation, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park and Terra Cotta Conservation Area. Weekend March break activities include wagon rides, Sugarbush demonstrations and fun-filled family activities.

Visitors can expect live entertainment, demonstrations, local vendors, axe throwing, family-friendly activities, taffy tasting, fresh pancakes, performers, demonstrations and face painting. As always, there will be lots of maple syrup to try and buy.

The History Of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup was used as both food and medicine by the First Nations people and it is an age-old tradition in Canada. They would use birch bark containers to collect the sap from maple trees after they made incisions into the trees with tomahawks, bone implements and stone.

By plunging hot stones into the sap that leads to evaporation, the sap would be reduced to a syrup. The sap would freeze overnight, and they would reduce the frozen water layer, thereby increasing the sugar content of the sap. European settlers in North America learned how to make sugar from sap from the Indigenous people. White refined sugar was highly taxed and very pricey during this time, so maple syrup was the sweetener of choice.

Today, approximately 85% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada. The maple syrup that is produced in Canada is exported to over 40 countries and it is only surpassed by frozen French fries in single horticultural commodity exports.

You do not need to reserve your spot in advance, unless you want a guided visit for a group of 20 or more people. Check out the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival 2019 website to plan your activities and tours.

After you have spent the day tasting maple syrup and enjoying activities with your family, be sure to visit Church’s Chicken for the best fried chicken in Toronto!