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Learning about maple syrup at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Photo: Official Ontario Government photograph

Never Too Early for Maple

One of the events Torontonians can look forward to during the long winter months is the annual maple festival season that occur, of course, once the maple trees are ready for the collection of sap, usually by early March.

There are plenty of sugar bush festivals to choose from around the GTA. They are all family friendly – some more visitor oriented than others, while others have more of the outdoorsy bush feel.

A day out of the city and into the bush is a great way to spend some family time during the kids’ March break.

Here are some of the festivals you can expect this March:

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festivals (click HERE) is happening in 4 locations and runs between March 4 – April 2, 2017, Kortright (click HERE) in Vaughan, Bruce’s Mill (click HERE) in Stoufville, Island Lake (click HERE) in Orangeville, and Terra Cotta in Halton Hills (click HERE).

These destinations offer wagon rides, maple handling demonstrations, kids’ activities, and of course pancakes with real maple syrup for purchase.

Some of these locations, such as Kortright, have their own gift shop and café. In Kortright you will also find adult workshops (how to make maple syrup on Sunday March 6 from 9-4), guided tours on Saturday, March 12 & 19 between 7-9 pm, face painting, live musicians on Saturdays, and a beer garden.

In Bruce’s Mill you can also expect pony rides, live birds of prey shows, a strolling magician, a treewalk village, and a life size straw maze.

At Halton Hills, a beautiful conservation, well worth the drive, you can also enjoy taffy making, a maple pupeteer, and petting zoo, but make sure you have cash on hand for food purchases.

Regular admission to these 4 centres is $8.85 + HST, $5.75+ HST for kids (kids under 4 are free).

Here are some mouth-watering recipes courtesy of the festival (click HERE).

Please check out these other maple syrup festivals (more information on additional festivals will be available online closer to the start dates): Bronte Creek Park (click HERE) and Elmira (click HERE).

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