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After a long winter, it's always a treat to feel the warm sunshine, hear the birds singing and go for a walk in the woods. You can do all this and more when you visit a local maple syrup farm... with the added bonus of seeing how the sap is collected, how syrup is made and maybe even getting to eat some delicious pancakes with fresh syrup!
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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Maple Syrup Day

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Maple Syrup Day is March 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, 10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd., (just east of the Highway 35/115 split, where Durham Region, Northumberland and Peterborough counties meet). Enjoy demonstrations, tours, live music, games and stories, crafts and face painting for the kids and lots of pancakes. Tickets are $15, $10 for kids 16 years and under. Tickets can be bought at Ganaraska Forest Centre Gatehouse upon arrival. For more information, call the GRCA at 905-885-8173 or the GFC at 905-797-2721.

2018 Purple Woods Maple Festival

NEW! Starts Friday March 9th!
March Break:(9 to 11) (14 to 18) CLOSED: Mar. 12, 13 Weekends: March 24/25 & April 7/8
CLOSED: Easter Weekend (Mar. 31. Apr. 1)

Welcome spring with a memorable and affordable family experience at the 43rd annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival. We showcase 400 years of the maple syrup history in Ontario through interpretive tours, complete with fireside story telling. Our Heritage Hall provides a rustic indoor heated meeting space for families and friends. Bring your own lunch or enjoy delicious pancakes and local maple syrup and sausages cooked up by our community volunteers. We offer lots of free hands-on activities, games and crafts for the kids and kids at heart. Parking is FREE and we have lots of room.

We are located on top of the Oak Ridges Moraine and temperatures are cooler and lots of wind. Dress for the weather, don’t forget your hats and mitts and wear sturdy footwear.
Sorry no pets allowed at the Festival.
(Service animals permitted.)

Get Your Online General Admission Tickets HERE!

*Strongly advised that visitors purchase General Admission Tickets online or at the CLOCA office in advance.

Sugar Shack TO

The producers of the Redpath Waterfront Festival bring you the third annual Sugar Shack TO, presented by Redpath Sugar, two days of winter fun on the waterfront happening the first weekend of March Break. From March 10-11, enjoy two sugar shacks serving fresh maple taffy on snow, a winter marketplace, specialty bar, entertainment and fun activities for everyone. Bringing a dose of sweetness to Sugar Beach, Sugar Shack TO will transform the park into a unique cabane à sucre experience.

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce's Mill Conservation

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!

Festival Days & Hours
Bruce’s Mill is open Saturday March 10 – Sunday April 8, 2018.

Weekends, March Break (March 10 – 18):

Event Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Maple Syrup Demonstrations: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gift Shop & Cafe operating hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kortright Centre for Conservation


March 10- April 8, 2018

Come out and tap into Spring! Enjoy demonstrations, wagon rides, activities...and of course pancakes and real maple syrup! Special family-fun activities on weekends and March Break!



Maple Syrup Festival -- Bronte Creek

March 3 to April 1, 2018 (Every weekend in March Plus the week of March Break)
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Bronte Creek Provincial Park
1219 Burloak Dr.
Oakville, ON

Phone: 905-827-6911


Showcasing the history of maple syrup production 1900’s style! We specialize in the Victorian Era! Staff and tour guides are dressed in period attire so it really feels like you have stepped into the year 1899. Families enjoy wagon rides, pancake meals, guided tours of maple lane, demonstrations for maple sugar making, fresh maple taffy on a stick, farm animals, family games, pony rides – it is a day’s adventure!

New in 2018 Multi-language tour brochure (French, Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese).

Buses welcome. School group tours inquire about our curriculum linked field trips.


Sweet Spring Treats: Maple Taffy

It's a sure (and very welcome) sign of Spring when the sap starts to run. One highlight of visiting any sugar bush is enjoying the special treat of maple taffy. We decided to give it a try at home and were delighted with the sweet results we got!

Read more for the instructions on making this fun, sweet treat at home.