Make sweet memories at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Tap into the sweetest syrup in town at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival this month.

From March 10 to April 8 enjoy some freshly tapped maple syrup and family activities at the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. The Stouffville grounds is one of four locations that hosts the festival every year, with others being the Kortright Centre for Conservation, Terra Cotta Conservation Area and the Island Lake Conservation Area. 

During the month-long festival, guests are invited to stroll down the new maple syrup trail at Bruce’s Mill. The new trail is an extension of the former route and is, on average, an hour-long walk. Not only will there be maple syrup demonstrations throughout the trail, but there will also be interactive opportunities for participants where they can try tapping the trees themselves with a hand drill.

“During the walk, we present all kinds of information on maple syrup and lead you through how the natives collected and used the sap, how the pioneers collected and used it, and how we collect it today using more modern methods,” said Andrew Morin, operations supervisor at the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area.

After the walk, guests can enjoy samples of fresh maple syrup as well a horse-drawn wagon ride around the conservation area. The festival also entails wood carving demonstrations, a maze, a balloon artist and hands-on exotic animal presentations that feature a different animal every day.

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival has been taking place at Bruce’s Mill for more than 40 years, and welcomes hundreds of guests to the event annually.

“Maple syrup is a huge part of Canadian culture,” said Morin. “The festival gives you your first opportunity after a long winter to get out and enjoy the outdoors. There’s lots of family fun and entertainment. Everyone gets to come out and have fun.”

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