Sweet Water!

This is another oldie but goodie. The Maple Syrup, or Sweet Water, Festivals are starting now.  Two festivals we enjoy are those at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake, both of which run from February 28 to April 6, 2015. Conservation Halton runs both the Mountsberg and Crawford Lake festivals and information can be found here.

A few years ago we went to The Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek which will take place beginning Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Here is a link to the locations around the GTA with Maple Syrup Festivals:

Maple Syrup Festivals 2015 in the GTA

It has been a long winter and every day we are waiting for signs of Spring. The kids can not wait to see green leaves on the trees again rather than barren branches. Instead of making our way down south as so many of our friends have done, we decided to stay local this March Break. For our first trip of the ¨staycation¨ we decided to enjoy the great outdoors again be heading to the Maple Syrup Festival held in Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville, Ontario. I had been looking forward to seeing the Maple Syrup Festival since before we moved here six months ago. And now, with Spring approaching it was here . . .

Welcome to Bronte Creek Maple Syrup FestivalThe weather predicted rain but we were spared the rain and enjoyed a chilly day outside learning about how maple syrup is made.  We also learned the history of maple syrup for the settlers in the area and the First Nations people.

Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek

With a small group of other visitors, we went from station to station and saw the various steps taken to retrieve the syrup from the tree, make it into syrup and the final products.

Tapping the tree for syrup

Next time there will be more photos if the kids eating freshly made maple syrup taffy and maple leaf shaped crystallized candy. Below the maple leaf blocks are made which was probably my favorite treat. Nothing is better than maple syrup in the shape of a maple leaf: Oh Canada!

Maple Syrup

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  1. Brigitte Fessele says:

    Love the word “staycation”!! And as for maple syrup, which I love, I always purchase the one that’s a product of Canada and USA. What better way could there be to show the sweet co-existence of these two neighboring countries 🙂

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