This March, satisfy your sweet tooth and learn how good ol’ Canadian maple syrup is made. To join into the festivities, here are 10 places in Ontario near Toronto where you can learn how to tap a tree, boil it down into syrup, and even taste a bite on some tasty homemade pancakes. The perfect activities to enjoy with the whole family this March Break.
Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto, Ontario)
Join in on the sticky and sweet fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village this March Break where children under 14 are free. Get a taste of the sweet stuff at the Maple Syrup Show, explore the Sugar Shack Discovery Zone and get hands-on at the Sticky Station!
Maple Sugar Bush at Hortons Tree Farm (Aurora, Ontario)
Smell the sweet aroma billowing from the sugar shack as the maple sap is boiled down to syrup. Savour the taste of hot pancakes fresh off the griddle smothered with our homemade maple syrup in the old log cabin. Experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways is a Canadian tradition to be enjoyed year after year.
Maple Syrup Festival at Terra Cotta Conservation Area (Halton Hills, Ontario)
Enjoy syrup-making demonstrations, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, taffy tasting and a plate of fresh pancakes with real maple syrup. Enjoy a full lineup of performers, including Four Paws Flying dog show and The Tradition: Traditional Metis and folk music!
Maple Magic at Bradley Museum (Mississauga, Ontario)
Mississauga’s favourite maple tradition returns to the Bradley Museum for March Break. Activities run daily that include: exploring the maple trivia trail, maple samples, pancake lunch at the Sugar Shack, maple gift shop, tours of the Historic Bradley House, petting zoo, and more!
Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Oakville, Ontario)
Open weekends and the week of March Break. The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire help immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include: pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guided tours of maple lane, wagon rides and more.
Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival at Island Lake Conservation Area (Orangeville, Ontario)
Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, face painting, wagon rides, local vendors, axe throwing and of course real maple syrup and pancakes! Don’t forget to take some maple products back home with you, available for purchase in our Maple Shop!
Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival at Purple Woods Conservation Area (Oshawa, Ontario)
Every day of the Festival there will be historical and current fireside maple syrup production demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, games, crafts, and of course, pancakes with maple syrup!
Sugar Bush Trek at White Meadow Farms (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Test your hand at pioneer wood-cutting. Savour the sweet difference of 100% Pure Maple Syrup, warmed up, oozed over snow, and rolled on a stick. Hop on the Sugar Shuttle tractor-pulled wagon and visit the working sugarbush.
Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (Stouffville, Ontario)
Experience the NEW maple syrup trail at Bruce’s Mill Conservation! Enjoy demonstrations, wagon rides, activities. And of course, pancakes and real maple syrup! Special family-fun activities on weekends and March Break!
Sugarshack at Sherbourne Common (Toronto, Ontario)
Celebrate the last days of winter and enjoy the sweet flavour of Ontario’s finest maple taffy at Sugar Shack TO! Enjoy maple taffy, ice activities, skating rink, winter marketplace, specialty bar and more!
Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival (Barrie, Ontario)
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Barrie, the Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival at the Tiffin Conservation Area is a tradition spanning more than three decades. Visitors will take a trip back in time to explore how Indigenous people and Pioneers made maple syrup. After that, they will return to current times and see how maple syrup is made today! End your tour with a pancake and sausage breakfast with fresh maple syrup. Prices for most activities are included in admission fees. Tiffin’s own maple syrup will be available for sale on site. All proceeds go towards the community and the maintenance of NVCA’s conservation areas.