Canadian culture has some very specific icon images and maple syrup is one of them. Every year in March, you will find a variety of locations hosting Maple Syrup Festivals and Farms. This is why we have rounded up the Best Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario that you should visit in 2023!
Maple Syrup Neat Facts:
Maple Syrup has been part of Canadian culture as Canada produces over 85% of the world’s Maple Syrup as it is produced in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Maple syrup is Canada’s favourite pancake topper, so why not celebrate with a Sugar Bush visit with the whole family this season and enjoy a pancake breakfast. A visit to a Maple Syrup Farm is one of the fun winter activities our region has to offer.
Maple products are so engrained in Canadian culture that our flag features the Red Maple leaf in the Centre. The Maple tree is an important part of our Canadian landscape as we have forests full of red, black and sugar maples that mixed with the right temperature creates a large supply of maple syrup that can be tapped from the trees.
Did you know that a Maple Syrup Farm is known as a Sugar Bush? Sap is tapped from the sugar maple trees and boiled in the Sugar Shack so it was nicknamed the Sugar Bush. Maple Season runs from Early March to Mid April in Ontario and can be a great outdoor family experience. Don’t miss out on visiting these Maple Sugar Shacks and enjoying all things maple!
When is Maple Syrup Season in Ontario?
Maple Syrup Festivals are an annual event that occurs in late winter (February to March). Winter is the perfect time to enjoy family fun activities like visiting a sugar house and learning more about the gallons of sap that become gallons of syrup each year in Ontario.
Maple Festivals in Ontario Near You:
- Maple Magic – Mississauga
- Maple Town – Milton
- Maple Syrup in the Park – Halton Hills
- Maple Syrup Festival – Orangeville
- Maple Syrup Experience – Erin
- Sweetwater Festival -Milton
- Westfield Heritage – Rockton
- Maple Syrup at the Village – Toronto
- Bronte Creek Maple Festival – Oakville
Why visit a Maple Syrup Farm or Sugar Bush?
Learn all about the process of creating maple syrup and how it transforms into sweet maple syrup that we use on our pancakes. You will enjoy a hike through the forest, watching maple trees become tapped, enjoy maple syrup on pancakes and other maple treats like maple cotton candy, maple lollipops and much more! Maple Syrup Festivals are an annual event that occurs in late winter (February to March).
Map of Maple Syrup Farms and Sugar Bushes Near Me
Ontario Maple Experiences, Events, and Festivals Round Up
***All descriptions were taken from event websites for accuracy purposes.
The annual City of Mississauga Maple Syrup Festival – Maple Magic – hosted at Bradley Museum, will take place this year over two weekends in March. Enjoy a variety of maple-themed activities for all ages, and learn more about the history and creation of maple syrup. Activities include: Maple Exhibit and Gift Shop at the Anchorage Gallery, with products supplied by Ontario maple syrup producer Voisin’s, Syrup taste testing with pancakes at the Barn, An outdoor guided tour of the maple sap line with museum interpreters, available from 12:15 – 3:30 pm, including a Maple Candy and Taffy demo in the Bradley House, and Neon Animals light display of local wildlife by artist Talia Shewchuk.
Mapletown at Mountsberg
It’s the sweetest time of year at Conservation Halton with Mountsberg Mapletown! The Mountsberg sugarbush has been producing maple magic for more than 150 years and educating the public for over 40 years. The park will tap about 300 sugar maples this spring and the crystal-clear sap will be magically transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty. Purchase a delicious pancake meal, maple themed sweets & treats!
The sugar bush will offer park visitors independent exploration and guided tours throughout the park during their visit to Mountsberg (Tours are require a reservation and additional fees apply)
Maple Syrup in the Park at Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Come out and explore Terra Cotta Conservation Area this spring at our maple syrup event: Discover Maple Syrup in the Park. Enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup, try taffy and tour our maple syrup demonstrations and enjoy free samples. Take a storybook walk with the kids and learn from our Indigenous partners.
- Tour maple syrup demonstrations
- Take a walk through Tales on the Trail
- Learn from Indigenous partners and more!
Don’t forget to take some maple treats home with you, available for purchase in our Park Store!
Maple Syrup by Lamplight – Enjoy an interpretive wagon ride through the forest to an illuminated sugarbush. Conversation, good company, a campfire, maple themed food samplers and your choice of one signature maple themed mocktail or cocktail served in a souvenir glass to follow.
Learn about maple syrup production throughout history, sample warm maple syrup, taste maple taffy and learn how to tap a tree.
Advanced reservations required as space is limited. This event is for visitors 19 years of age and older.
Event dates: March 31 and April 1
Sap to Syrup: A Maple Syrup Making Experience – Do you want to learn how maple syrup is made? Join us for an intimate, hands-on experience in the Sugar Shack. Learn how to tap trees, collect sap and use an evaporator to produce and bottle maple syrup. Take home a bottle of liquid gold.
Advanced reservations required. This experience is for visitors 18 years of age or older.
Event dates: April 1 and 2
Tour times: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Maple Syrup Festival at Island Lake Conservation Area
Come out and explore Island Lake Conservation Area this spring at our Maple Syrup in the Park event. Enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup, try taffy and tour our maple syrup demonstrations. Take a storybook walk with the kids and learn from our Indigenous partners.
- Interpretive tour: Tree Tapping and Measuring, Signs of Spring, Sweetwater Discovery, Settled into Spring, Changing Seasons and the Sugar Shack
- Scavenger hunt
- Family activities
- Tales on the Trail
- Taffy (additional cost)
- Pancake House (additional cost)
Don’t forget to take some maple treats home with you, available for purchase in our Maple Shop!
Maple Syrup Experience at Elliott Tree Farm
Enjoy the 2023 Maple Syrup Experience and maple syrup harvest and explore the sugar bush first hand on Monday, February 20 for family day and then through the following 7 weekends from February 25- April 9, with 6 seating’s starting at 9:00 am through 2:00 pm.
Your new & improved maple experience begins with our famous pancake breakfast/brunch inside our NEW warm dining experience, our Horse Barn Canteen! Followed with the history of maple syrup and tasting in our tree cellar. Enjoy our award winning, small batch maple syrup. Afterwards you can take the 10 -minute sugarbush trail walk to enjoy the sugarbush experience while checking sap buckets and visiting the sugar shack. It is a 10-minute trail walk from the Heritage Barn for the sugarbush experience.
Reservations through Eventbrite online only.
- Free Parking
- All you can eat pancakes with pure maple syrup and a side of sausage and bacon with juice, water, coffee, tea or hot cider inside our NEW warm dining experience, our Horse Barn Canteen. This year we have classic and gluten free pancakes.
- Farm entrance and maple sugar trail access
- Learn about the history of maple syrup and maple syrup production
- Taste raw sap, partially cooked sap, fresh maple sugar and fresh maple toffee from maple syrup
- Sugarbush and sugar shack experience
- Checking sap buckets in the forest
- Children’s hay bale maze
*Maple candy, pure maple syrup and gifts available at the Heritage Barn – Now accepting Cash, Credit and Debit
Maple Syrup at the Village
Discover the old-fashioned skills needed to take this sweet treat all the way from tree to table at Maple Syrup at the Village. Our costumed educators will “spile” the beans on maple’s magic, and teach you the backwoods skills necessary for adventures in the sugarbush. Join in all manner of maple merriment, including sappy stories by a roaring fire. Acquire new skills to take on your next trek into the sugarbush, and learn the secrets of collecting sugar-maple sap. Enjoy the story of Canada’s favorite sweetener at the Marvelous Maple Show, and hunt for the lost pieces of Granny Smith’s secret maple recipe.
Westfield Heritage Place
Westfield Heritage Village is offering a special maple program on Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 as well as Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16, and Good Friday, April 7.
Due to the popularity of events at Westfield Heritage Village, visitors must reserve a time slot for their visit.
Things to see while visiting:
- Modern sugar shack in operation
- Three kettle method demonstration at the Lockhart House
- Maple information panels
- Maple trivia trail to walk
- Maple Syrup sample tasting
- Pancakes available to purchase in the Ironwood Hall
- General Store and Gift Shop open to purchase maple treats
- Two scavenger hunts to try
- A selection of historical buildings open
Crawford Lake Sweet Water
Learn about how the Indigenous people would harvest Sweet Water (maple syrup) in this interactive exhibit. You can also explore a 15th century Longhouse Village, enjoy the Deer Clan Longhouse gallery, and learn more about the maple sugaring from past to present.
Enjoy a sample of delicious taffy on snow, an Indigenous treat, or try a tasting flight of different grades and types of syrup before heading to the giftshop to pick up a tasty souvenir.
Maple Weekend with Sweet Ontario
Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival –
Fresh Ontario maple syrup begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on the first Saturday in March when the park’s annual Maple Syrup Festival gets under way. The maple syrup festivities are open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and March Break.
Enjoy a guided tour of Maple Lane, where interpreters costumed for the 1890’s demonstrate different historical ways of collecting and making maple syrup. The tour ends in the middle of Spruce Lane Farm where you can learn how to make fresh maple sugar or enjoy a stick of delicious maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals in the yard.
Visit our family activity centre where kids can have fun and play lots of exciting games. Make sure you don’t miss Spruce Lane Farmhouse, a living history museum that recreates life from 1899. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shop and purchase a bottle of syrup to take home. And what’s a Maple Syrup Festival without a pancake meal? Hop on a wagon that will take you to the Pancake House where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes and sausages with pure maple syrup.
This year we have expanded our family activity centre with new games. We’ve also installed a new continuous evaporator so that guests can see how maple syrup is made in the modern era. Each year we strive to increase the visitor experience at the park.
We do our best to ensure the information on The Exploring Family is accurate, however information and events are subject to change.
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