The beginning of March kicks off the beginning of maple syrup festival season. Nothing is more Canadian than maple syrup, so why not take your family to a maple syrup festival this month? Below is a list of conservation areas close to the city that you can take your family to.
#1. Sugarbush Maple Festival
The Sugarbush Maple Syrup festival takes place from March 5th to April 3rd this year. The festival is being held at four locations around the city: Bruce’s Mill in Stouffville, Island Lake in Orangeville, Kortright in Woodbridge and Terra Cotta in Halton Hills. Each location has special March Break hours and hosts maple syrup demonstrations with a gift shop and café to grab pancakes afterwards.
#2. Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek
Located in Oakville, the festival takes places every weekend in March and during March Break. Visitors can enjoy tours of facilities where costumed interpreters show visitors how many syrup has been made and collected throughout history. A museum is also on site, which shows what life, was like in 1899.
#3. Maple Magic at the Bradley Museum
Hosted every Sunday in Mississauga, the Maple Magic festival focuses on Canadian topics. March 6th is Lumberjack Day while March 13th celebrates First Nations people. With each Sunday offering a different theme, it is hard to go wrong with this festival.
#4. Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this festival in Oshawa. Activities include wagon rides, stilt walking, and lots of pancakes. This festival is located on top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, so be sure you are prepared for the colder weather.
#5. Maple Town and Sweet Water Season by Conservation Halton
With taffy on snow, pancakes and tons of maple candy, the Maple Town and Sweet Water Season held by Conservation Halton will be a hit. Visitors can also see a birds of prey demonstration and other animals, such as bison, eagles, hawks and owls.
#6. Quebec Original Sugar Beach Sugar Shack
Catch a local sugar shack at Sugar Beach. This free community event will feature maple taffy on snow, traditional French Canadian music, skating, hot chocolate and ice sculpting. The event takes place March 12th and 13th.