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Mark spring in Toronto at the Maple Syrup Festival

Events, Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By shelaghmcnally on February 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

Maple Syrup is about as Canadian as you can get and its arrival signals the end of the long northern winter. Celebrate spring at a the Maple Syrup Festival held at two conservation areas close to Toronto.

Canada produces 85% of the world’s supply and exports over 30,000 tones to more than 40 countries. We have the First Nations people to thank for this delicious food. They discovered how to collect the sap from the tree by making incisions into the trunk and letting it drip into birch bark containers. They experimented with cooking the sap to create the delicious syrup and candy we’ve come to associate with spring thaw in Canada.  Pioneers learned how to process the sap from the Natives and each spring created Sugar Shacks where they would create the year’s supply of maple sugar—the only sugar available to them.

Both Bruce’s Mill and the Kortright Conservation are participating in the Maple Syrup Festival running from March 3 until April 4.

Go for a guided tour in the forest and see how the sap is taken from the trees. Try some sap samplings, see Maple Syrup demonstrations, see how they make maple syrup taffy and take a horse drawn wagon ride.  Visit either conservation are from March 3 until April 4 to get a taste of the Canadian spring. It’s a sweet way to celebrate the end of winter!

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, Stouffville Road and Warden Avenue. Maple Syrup Festival: Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adults : $ 9, Kids, seniors and students : $ 6.50. For reservations call: 416-667-6295.

Kortright Conservation Area, 9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge. Maple Syrup Festival: Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adults : $ 9, Kids, seniors and students : $ 6.50. For reservations: Phone: 905-832-2289, email: info@kortright.org

 

 

 

Canada produces 85% of the world’s supply and exports over 30,000 tones to more than 40 countries. We have the First Nations people to thank for this delicious food. They discovered how to collect the sap from the tree by making incisions into the trunk and letting it drip into birch bark containers. They experimented with cooking the sap to create the delicious syrup and candy we’ve come to associate with spring thaw in Canada.  Pioneers learned how to process the sap from the Natives and each spring created Sugar Shacks where they would create the year’s supply of maple sugar—the only sugar available to them.

 

Celebrate spring at local Sugar Shacks at two of Toronto’s conservation areas. Both Bruce’s Mill and the Kortright Conservation area. Go for a guided tour in the forest and see how the sap is taken from the trees. Try some sap samplings, see Maple Syrup demonstrations, see how they make maple syrup taffy and take a horse drawn wagon ride.  Visit either conservation are from March 3 until April 4 to get a taste of the Canadian spring.

 

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, Stouffville Road and Warden Avenue

Maple Syrup Festival: Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adults : $ 9, Kids, seniors and students : $ 6.50

http://trca.on.ca/enjoy/locations/bruces-mill-conservation-area.dot

 

Kortright Conservation Area, 9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge, Ontario
905-832-2289, info@kortright.org Maple Syrup Festival: Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adults : $ 9, Kids, seniors and students : $ 6.50

http://www.kortright.org/home/

 

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