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It’s The Sweetest Time Of The Year! The Ontario Maple Syrup Festival List

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It is the sweetest time of the year in Ontario. Every March and April when the weather starts to warm and the Maple Tree sap starts to run it is time to tap the Sugar Bush and produce the sweetest treat in all of Canada, Maple Syrup. Now that I am calling Toronto home I excited to experience this first hand. Sure, I’ve enjoyed Maple Syrup all my west coast life but to be here when the sap runs and experience this quintessential Canadian event for myself is too good to pass up. The sap is running and I want a taste. Now the only question is, how many Ontario Maple Syrup festivals can I get to before the season ends? There are 60+ Maple Syrup Festival to choose from.

Elmira sugaring


With the help of the fine folks at Ontario Tourism Centres, I have put together this exhaustive list of Ontario Maple Syrup festivals. From A to Z they are all here including dates, website links and a brief bit of information about each. I may have to create an Ontario Maple Syrup festival bucket list and see how many I can cross off my list.

maple sugar kiddie at Ontario Maple Syrup Festival

If you are not able to make a festival but still want to buy some authentic Ontario Maple Syrup, click on the link for a list of where to find them.

Ontario Wide Annual Maple Weekend April 7 & 8th 10 am to 4 pm – 4th Annual.  Giving you a first-hand opportunity to see how maple products are produced, from tree to table, along with the chance to taste and purchase quality maple products.  Participants in Maple Weekend can be found across the province in a number of maple syrup producing areas – see website for regional listings.  Come and talk to the producers in your local area. Many will be offering free samples of fresh syrup, as well as maple candies and confections. Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugar bush trails, sugar making demos, and taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more. Experience the traditional maple sugaring craft and taste why pure Ontario maple syrup has long been a favourite springtime treat and share in the fun of the sweetest time of the year.

 Listing A to Z

Alvinston Alvinston Maple Syrup Festival March 17 & 18 10 am to 3 pm. Travel into the past and see how maple syrup was produced by Native Canadians and early pioneers. The Alvinston Firemen’s Association will be holding their traditional pancake and sausage meals at the Alvinston Community Centre. Vendors will be set up at the arena on both Saturday and Sunday. Entrance to Conservation Area $2 per vehicle

Aurora Maple Sugar Bush at Horton’s Tree Farm March 10 – April 8 weekends & Friday. Guided tours (lessons in maple syrup production, nature appreciation and ecology), waggon rides, sap and syrup samples, log cabins, museum, hiking trails, pancakes, pure maple syrup and maple products and more. Dogs on leash welcome. Adults $7, Seniors/Students $6, Kids (5-12)  $5 *Cash only, please

Aylmer Springwater Maple Syrup Festival March 3 – 25 Saturday & Sunday daily throughout March Break 10 am to 3 pm. Enjoy waggon rides through the Springwater Forest. Tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for demonstrations on maple syrup production. Maple products are available for sale. Dine at our pancake house which is operated by local community organisations. Adults  – $7.50, 12 & under – $4

Barrie Area Shaw’s Maple Syrup Farm Pancake House Open daily February 17 – April 18 8 am – 4 pm, Weekend waggon rides 10 am – 2 pm Sap Boiling approx.  9 am – 1 pm. The warm Pancake House serves up tasty treats to fuel a walk through the bush with 4000 trees all connected with tubing to collect around 160 000 litres of watery maple sap each season. On weekends – horse-drawn waggon rides through our trails which recreate the way sap was collected until the late 1960s. If the weather’s been “just right” you will be able to watch and smell the sweet sap boil away through the evaporator.*Waggon rides & sap evaporation are weather dependent, call ahead.

Barrie Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival April 7 & 8th 9 am to 3 pm. A springtime tradition!  Start with a pancake & sausage breakfast, complete with maple syrup made at Tiffin, then explore & enjoy live music, a horse-drawn waggon ride & an animal show, plus lots more! Adults $12, Children (2 – 12) $6, Infants free (breakfast included) *Cash only, please

Belmore Belmore Maple Syrup Festival April 12 9 am – 3 pm April 14 8:30 am -6:30 pm. 51st Annual Delicious, pancakes and sausages with applesauce, plus local musical entertainment, a craft show, local pork products for sale, homemade baking, maple products, and outdoor maple syrup making demonstrations. Free admission Meal priceAdults – $10, Children (6-11) – $5 Children 5 & under – free

Brockville Area Delta Maple Syrup Festival April 21 & 22 9 am to 3 pm. Come & enjoy all you can eat pancakes flooded with maple syrup in the Main Exhibit Hall at the Delta Fairgrounds along with the midway, crafts, vendors, and tours.

Brockville Area Gibbons Family Farm Maple Sugar House & Museum Maple Saturdays March 24 & 31, April 7 & 14 9 am – 4 pm Pancake Breakfasts 8 am – 12 pm Adults: $10
 Children 6-12: $4 Year-round: see the modern sugar house with all the equipment used, displays from the past & present of maple syrup production, farm gate store with maple syrup and a variety of maple products, video showing the process of maple syrup production and taste samples. Maple Saturdays: Enjoy the delicious Anglican Parish of Kitley Pancake Breakfast 2017 – Hot off the grill pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. At the Sugar House – Meet the Alpacas, Fire Safety & Education, Face Painting, West Winds Ranch petting zoo along with pony rides ($3 per ride). New for 2018 is Maple Popcorn.

Buckhorn McLean’s Berry Farm March 10 – 11, 17 – 18, & 24 – 25 9:30 am – 4 pm 25th Annual Maplefest
Sugar bushwalking tours, waggon rides, pancakes with maple syrup, farm animals, and taffy on snow, live music, try tapping a tree, visit the farm animals and so much more. Admission: $7 per person, $25 per family of 4 (tax included) *No pets, please

Burlington Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup Festival March 3-4, 10-18, 24-25, Good Friday 30, 31 & April 1 (not offered on Easter Monday) 9:30 am – 3 pm. Maple Syrup Month – We specialise in the history of maple syrup presented on a heritage farm from 1900.The festival heritage staff dress in historical attire and will help to immerse you in the history and culture of maple syrup. Attractions include pancake house, fresh maple candy, fresh maple taffy, guide tours of maple lane, gift shop, waggon rides, farm animals, historical tours, family activities and more. General Admission: $17 per vehicle Pancake meals – $4 small meal to $30 Family Platter

Campbellville Mountsberg Conservation Area Maple Town Feb 24 – April 2 Weekends, Holidays & daily during March Break Park opens at 8:30 am. Activities 10 am – 4 pm See how sap is transformed into sweet syrup, learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE samples. Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors in the pavilion nestled in the woods. Climb, jump, and run in the Play Barn. See birds of prey demos in the Raptor Centre 11am-3pm – View bison, eagles, hawks and owls along the Wildlife Walkway. Enjoy guided waggon rides through the sugar bush (additional fee applies). Maple Town is FREE with regular gate admission. Adult (15-64) $7.50 Senior (65 & over) $6.50 Child (5-14) $5.25

Cornwall Area Sand Road Sugar Camp Feb 25 – 26 Mar 4 -5 & Mar 7 – Apr 23 Tuesday to Sunday, March Break & Easter 10 am – 2 pm 9 am – 3 pm. Experience maple syrup making the way it has been done for centuries. Pancake house and gift shop, wood fired evaporator, nature trails, horse-drawn waggon rides on weekends; maple syrup process, taffy on snow, children’s play area and more. Free Admission Maple Farm Buffet: Adults $16.95, Kids (6–12) $11.95, 5 & under $7.95 Easter Egg Hunt on Sat & Sun only – Closed Easter Monday

Cumberland Cumberland Lion’s Maplefest April 7 – 8th 8 am – 2 pm. 49th Annual Maple syrup, sausages, beverages and all the pancakes you can eat! Adults $8, Children ( Under 10) $5

Cumberland Proulx Sugar Bush Feb 25 – April 15 Weekends & daily during March Break weekends 9 am – 5 pm Weekend Brunch: 9 am-3 pm March Break 9 am – 4 pm Easter (Fri – Sun) 9 am – 3 pm. Come spend a day in the country minutes from the city. You can smell the maple vapour from the sap being transformed into real maple syrup still on a wood fire. Enjoy a meal of homemade pancakes or the traditional sugar shack buffet. Enjoy a horse-drawn waggon ride (weekends) or take a walk on the trails. Kids can play at the many different parks or visit the petting farm. Farm Admission: $5/person, kids under 3 free Note: Admission to the farm is not included in the cost of brunch.

Elmira Elmira Maple Syrup Festival April 7th 7 am – 4 pm. 54th Annual World’s Largest Single-Day Maple Syrup Festival
Golden-brown pancakes and famous maple syrup, a half-mile-long outdoor Mall with craft booths, vendors and everything maple; live music, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Quilt Show, Antique Show, Craft Show, Sugar Bush Tours, Pancake Flipping Contest and so much more.

Elmvale Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival April 28 8 am – 5 pm. All day pancake breakfast, sugar bush tours, vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales and more; log sawing contest and the firefighters pancake eating contest, pony rides, midway, craft and quilt shows, and so much more. Some fees apply

Halton Hills Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival March 10 – April 8 Weekends, daily during March Break 9:30 am – 5 pm.Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy demonstrations, waggon rides, activities, giant games, lumberjack and chainsaw carving demos, live music, children’s entertainers and of course pancakes and real maple syrup! Special family-fun activities on weekends and March Break. Adults – $8.85, Kids (5-14) – $5.75, Seniors (60+) – $5.75 + HST

Huntsville Muskoka Maplefest April 21 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. A celebration of local maple syrup featuring vendors, arts and crafts, live music, tasty treats, Family Activity Zone, interpretive nature & wildlife talks, a pancake breakfast and lots of family fun.

Huntsville Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm Store Sat & Sun in Feb daily in Mar & Apr, tours Saturdays in Feb, Mar & Apr must pre-book, Open House Apr 1 – 2 Store 11 am-4 pm Sun 12 pm-pm Tours 11 am Open House 10 am – 4 pm. Sugarbush Hill is a “State of the Art” sugaring operation in the heart of Muskoka. Take a tour and witness Canadian heritage at its finest. See displays of maple antiques and artefacts, the Big Maple, and catch all the action from above, literally, on the maple observation deck. Tours: Each step of the maple process is explained, finishing in the maple kitchen with tastings of syrup and various maple products Adults -$7, Children (12 & under) – $4 Open House: Pioneer boiling display, maple taffy on snow, free tastings, wildlife animal caller, live music, and so much more! Free admission

Ilderton Rolling Ridge Maple Syrup Seasonal Store Open daily beginning Feb 25 until April 8th. The “sugar shanty” is located just west of Ilderton on the corner of Ilderton and Vanneck Road. Come take a look for yourself and see how it’s made on one of our family guided tours. They have an all you can eat breakfast at neighbouring Vanneck church on weekends in March, and take in that sweet smell of maple syrup!

Komoka McLachlan Bros. Maple Syrup Camp & Pancake House March 1st to April 1st except Easter Sunday. Open 
9 am – 3:30 pm Brunch 9 am – 3 pm. McLachlan Family Maple Syrup & Pancake House is a quaint restaurant with a nostalgic atmosphere, offering pancakes with their very own Pure Maple syrup. Horse-drawn waggon rides available on weekends and March Break (weather permitting) Brunch: 
Adult: $12.50, Kids 12 & Under: $7.50 **Wheelchair accessible

Lanark Temple’s Sugar Bush Open Starting March 1 – April 30 9 am – 3 pm. A family-owned restaurant and maple farm in the heart of Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario. Come visit us, have a meal, browse through the gift shop and take a walk on our sugar bush trail. Gift shop selling maple syrup products is open year-round.

Lanark Highlands/McDonalds Corners Wheelers Maple Heritage Centre Open Year Round Sugar Season Late Feb – Mid April 9 am – 3 pm. Pancake Meals, self-guided tours, maple taffy-on-snow, nature trails, and children’s playground, visit the sheep and don’t miss Vernon Wheeler’s collection of antique chainsaws and farming equipment – over 400 chainsaws on display. 27th Annual Maple Tapping Out Party – March 4 9am-3pm Kick off the 2017 Maple Season with us by celebrating Canada’s 150-year rich history in Maple Syrup. Guided tours of Guinness World Record Holding Maple Heritage Museum, Forest & Farm Museum, Antique Chainsaw Museum and Barn with horses, sheep & alpacas, Working outdoor exhibits in the Teepee, boiling in a cauldron, etc. 11am Ceremonial tapping of the first tree by the Maple Syrup Super Fan, Face Painting, Sleigh Rides ($), Maple Taffy-on-Snow ($) Maple Cotton Candy ($), Wheelers Pancake Meals ($)

Lake Country & Springwater Township Tap into Maple March 1 – April 30 Hours vary by location see website for details. Come and experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater. Visit the maple destinations, plan to attend some of the maple-themed events and get your passport stamped (min of 3 stamps required to enter the contest) to enter the draw for a chance to win great prizes. Come and experience the local maple history, taste local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products – the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering.

London Crinklaw’s Sugar Bush March 1 to April 1, Thurs – Sun 10 am – 3 pm. Experience the ambience of an authentic working sugar bush producing pure Canadian Maple Syrup. Help collect the sap, sample the first fresh drops of syrup, taste the magic of sugar on snow and welcome spring. Enjoy tours of the sugar house, see demos on how the maple syrup is made and taste the unique maple butter and delicious maple syrup. Browse around the sales area to see and sample unique food products, all with a hint of maple. ** No pets please

London (Parkhill) Fort Rose Maple Company Feb 24 – Apr 8, daily during March Break March 12-16 9 am – 2 pm. Visit the sugarhouse, see how maple syrup is produced and the 6400 taps in operation, sample some fresh syrup and maple butter, waggon rides, and more. Adults $12.50, Children 12 & under $7

London Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush March 3-4, 10-11, 12-16, 17-18, & 24-25, Daily During March Break 13 – 17 9a m – 4 pm. Last tour at 3:30pm” “Enjoy the guided tours, hayrides, demonstrations, displays and brochures. Buy fresh maple syrup and other maple products, and visit the sugar shack and pancake pavilion for delicious pancakes, sausages and pure maple syrup. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator. Admission Fee: Adults – $3, Children (12 & under) – $2, Max per car – $10

Metcalfe Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm Feb 24 – April 8, March Break Tues – Fri 10 am – 2 pm, Weekends 9am – 3 pm March Break Tues-Fri 10 am – 2 pm. Come out for the famous All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Brunch! Enjoy a sleigh ride, some taffy on the snow; visit the heritage sugar shack, gift shop, children’s play area, petting farm and museum. See website to reserve a spot for the Easter Egg Hunt. Free admission and parking – Includes Sugarshack, Petting Farm, Children’s Play Area, & Education Centre. Taffy on the Snow Tickets – $2.50 each Sleigh Ride Tickets – $4.75 each – Sleigh Rides start at 10 am & end 15 minutes prior to closing. **No pets please

Midland Sweetwater Harvest Maple Syrup Festival March 17 – 18 10 am – 4 pm. Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage. Yes, there are sugar shack tours, pancakes and taffy tasting, but there is so much more to the weekend-long festival. There are birds of prey and reptile/amphibian talks; wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding. Admission – $10, Family Rate – $30, Breakfast – $5 **Cash only please

Mount Albert Maple Sugar Festival at Brooks Farm now till Mid April Weekends, daily during March Break & Easter 9:30 am – 4 pm (last admission 3pm). Enjoy train or wagon rides, self-guided and authentic guided educational tours, campfire in the sugar bush, colour station, maple sugar products for sale, barnyard playland (weather permitting) and the new indoor pancake house where we will be serving pancakes with real maple syrup, maple muffins & butter tarts, sausage, and hot beverages. Maple Syrup Festival – Admission – $9, Under 2 – Free Easter Egg Hunt- April 8-9, 14-16. Adults: $9, Kids: $13 **No pets please”

Mount Forest Area Holstein Maplefest April 14 & 15th 9 am – 4 pm. 24th Annual Demonstrations are free and this year will offer new challenges for the kids! Come and check out beekeeping, birdfeeder building, log sawing and branding, woodcarving, candle making, ice cream and butter making, the Boy Scouts rope bridge, a blacksmith, maple cookie decorating, walk the plank, sheep shearing, drop spindle spinning and of course 6 different ways to make maple syrup! Our weekend includes many other activities such as our craft sale, rib night, Seniors Day and new this year, the Junior Optimist Maplefest family talent show and bake sale. Admission: Adults: & High School Students $8, Elementary Students – Free Admission Breakfast: Small: $5; Medium: $8; Large: $10

Muskoka wide Muskoka Maple Trail March 9 – April 20, See website. The Muskoka Maple Trail will be celebrating the maple harvest in Muskoka. The trail has accumulated the best ways for you to experience pure Muskoka maple syrup, from overnight packages and sugar bush tours, to maple inspired dinner menus and maple inspired beer! Browse through the trail’s Signature Maple Experiences and build your own sweet itinerary and join us at select Maple locations in Muskoka including sugar shacks, breweries, bakeries, restaurants and much more!

Muskoka Windermere Lions Club Pancake Social April 21 – 22 10 am – 1 pm. The pancakes are mouth-watering, drizzled with Veitch’s Maple Syrup and come with delicious sausages on the side. Coffee, Tea, Juice and Hot Chocolate are offered. This event is famous in Muskoka and all the family will enjoy this old fashion experience. Come out to celebrate the beginning of spring! All you can eat for $10

Niagara Region Maple Syrup Days March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31st Mon- Fri on March Break 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Come with family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal and take a FREE sugar bush tour to see how maple syrup is produced. Buy some syrup to take home from the store.

Orangeville Sugarbush Maple Syrup Fest March 16 – 17 & 24 – 19 9:30 am – 3 pm. Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, face painting, waggon rides, giant games, chainsaw wood carving demos, axe throwing, a Kids Zone and of course real maple syrup and pancakes! Admission: Adults – $8.85, Children – $5.75, Seniors – $5.75 +HST

Oshawa Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival March 9 – 11, 14 – 18, 24 – 25 & April 7 – 8, AM Ticket 9:30 am – 12 pm PM Ticket 12 pm – 2:30 pm. See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, take a horse-drawn waggon ride and enjoy some hot pancakes. ** Tickets ONLY available on-line, no tickets will be sold on-site **No pets please

Ottawa Maple Sugar Festival at Vanier Museopark Sugar Shack Weekends March & April. A Sugar Shack in an Urban Setting! Take part in Ottawa’s only Sugar Festival in town.

Owen Sound Maple Sugar Moon Festival March 17 11 am – 4 pm. Come on out to Grey Roots and rejoice at this traditional rite of spring. Learn its history from the early days of our Aboriginal people to our first European settlers and beyond. Enjoy a horse-drawn waggon ride, traditional maple syrup teachings, and snow taffy, make your own bannock, there’ll be lots of sweet treats and live music, and purchase syrup from local producers and pancakes cooked by the Kiwanis Club. Adults – $8, Children – $4, Senior – $6, Family – $20

Owen Sound Area/Kemble Kemble Maple Syrup Tour April 7 Tour 8 am – 4 pm Meal 8 am – 3 pm. Visit one or all of this year’s seven tour stops to experience the unique methods of maple syrup production, from small-scale to commercial, used to make some of Canada’s finest maple syrup. While touring, take a horse-drawn wagon ride into the sugarbush, enjoy a maple art installation, get up close to friendly farm animals and of course enjoy our famous, homemade, maple-themed meal. A day of unforgettable family fun awaits you! Tour Passports – Adults – $17, Child (6-12) – $10, Family – $45

Paisley/Grey Bruce Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival March 17 – 26 10 am – 4 pm. Come out and enjoy the largest outdoor Maple Syrup Festival in Grey and Bruce Counties! Enjoy pancakes and fresh maple syrup, history in action displays, dog agility shows, Maple Games, live music and entertainment, activities, food vendors, & much more. Adults – $8, Kids – $3, Under 5 – Free **No pets please”

Pakenham Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush March 17 – April 15, Daily 9 am – 4 pm Weekend Activities 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Self-guided sugar bush tours, pancake house, walking trails, playground, maple shop, plus horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, maple taffy on snow, face painting, etc. on weekends. **No pets please **Cash only in restaurant, ATM on site

Paris Paris Maple Syrup Festival April 14 7 am – 3 pm. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic for this family friendly celebration. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music and entertainment, wood carving and maple candy making demos, and browse all of the local businesses showcasing their many maple syrup products, crafts, merchandise and food.

Perth Festival of the Maples April 28 10 am – 4 pm. Experience the grand finale of the maple syrup season at the area’s sweetest celebration. Join us in scenic downtown Perth where you will discover fantastic shops, vendors, maple syrup producers, displays, entertainment, kid’s activities, classic antique car show and various demonstrations. Be sure to check out the annual pancake breakfast!

Port Hope Area Ganaraska Maple Syrup Day March 17 10 am – 1 pm. Through site tours, demonstrations, stories and games, learn all about the sweet tradition of syrup production. Let the kids create crafts & have their faces painted while you enjoy live music and a pancake feast. Adult – $15, Child – $10

Powassan Powassan Maple Syrup Festival April 28 Pancake Breakfasts Start at 7 am Events wrap up by 4 pm. 21st Annual Start your day by attending one of the delicious Pancake Breakfasts – 3 locations. Then enjoy the Street vendors, Lumberjack Shows, live music, Sugar Bush Tours, Craft Sale, Scottish Heavy Events, sheep shearing and lots more family fun! Free admission **No pets please

Prince Edward County Maple in the County March 24 – 25 See website for schedules and locations” “Visit one of the participating sugar bushes; enjoy pancake breakfasts with fresh maple syrup, taffy on snow, S’mores, petting zoos, BBQ sausages, fire trucks, lumberjack shows, artisan vendors, wineries and more. Celebrate the first harvest of the 2017 season in Prince Edward County.

Richard’s Landing Gilbertson’s Pancake House March 5 – April 21. 8 am – 8 pm. Ontario’s largest maple syrup producer. Walk the trails through the bush; learn interesting facts about maple syrup then come inside and see the modern methods used to collect, store, boil and package the smooth golden taste of syrup. Learn how the process works from start to finish. The experienced workers invite your questions and are pleased to explain syrup making. Head to the restaurant for your fill of pancakes and syrup and browse the gift shop. Enjoy a free wagon ride most Sat’s through the sugar bush. **Wheelchair accessible

Richard’s Landing 50th Maple Syrup Festival on St. Joseph Island April 6 & 7th 8 am – 3 pm. The annual festival will feature na All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast! Breakfast sausages, juice, coffee and tea will also be served, and of course with the famous fresh, sweet maple syrup from the island. Local food and craft vendors will also be on-site. Local Sugar Bushes will be open for tours on these days. This year, the festival will have special guests: Central Algoma Secondary School’s History Club, the 49th Field Regiment, RCA and Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District CUPE Council. The History Club will be selling “trench cakes”. Adults – $9, Seniors – $8, Children – $5

Rockton Westfield Heritage Village March 6, 13, 17, 20, 25 & 27 10 am – 4 pm. The Maple Syrup Festival at Westfield is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to learn about maple syrup and about Ontario’s history. Tours and demonstrations run throughout the day and free horse-drawn waggon rides are available. Come and see both traditional and modern methods for making maple syrup and then try some delicious, reasonably priced pancakes sold by the St. George Lion’s Club at the Ironwood Hall! Adults $11, Seniors $10, Kids (6-12) – $6.50

Stouffville Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival Weekends March 10 – April 8, Daily during March Break Event Hours 9:30 am – 5 pm Maple Demos 10 am – 4:30 pm. Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy demonstrations, waggon & pony rides, strolling busker, birds of prey shows and of course pancakes and real maple syrup. Special family-fun activities on March Break Adults – $8.85, Seniors (60+) – $5.75, Children (5-14) – $5.75

Sunderland Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival April 7 – 8, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. All day pancake breakfast at the Sunderland Legion, Pancake eating contest, sugar bus tours, dances, midway, craft and book fair, fine art show, craft show, horse and buggy rides, bathtub races, and much more. Come to join in the festival fun and to be part of a small town community filled with love, drive and spirit. Free admission

St. Catharines White Meadows Farms Guided Sugar Bush Tour Sugar Bush Trek March 3 & 4, 10 – 18, 24 – 25, 30 – 31 and April 7 -8 Weekends & daily during March Break Must pre-book tours online Maple Sweet Shop Year round Mon-Sun Tours every half hour 10 am – 3 pm Maple Sweet Shop 9 am – 5 pm. Sugar Bush Trek – Hop on the Sugar Shuttle tractor-pulled waggon into the heart of our working sugarbush. Follow in the sugar maker’s footsteps as your guide leads you through the reimagined Native & Pioneer Camps of Maple Syrup’s rich history. Visit the Petting Farm, pop into our Sweet Shop, test your hand at pioneer wood-cutting and savour the sweet difference of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.

St. Mary’s McCully’s Hill Farm Maple Syrup Festival Weekends in March 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come out to the farm and learn how maple syrup is made! Take a horse-drawn waggon ride through the sugar bush, see how sap is collected and then visit the sugar shack to learn maple syrup is made. Make a stop in the barn and see what the animals are up to and then stay for a delicious pancake brunch featuring McCully’s own maple syrup! March Break at 10 am daily – 1.5 hr walking tours of sugar bush – $3 Sugar Bush Tours – $6 Pancake Bruch – $8

Grand Bend Area-Thedford Ipperwash Maple Syrup Festival March 17 – 18 9 am – 1 pm. The Annual Ipperwash Maple Festival returns! Attractions include Pancake breakfast, hay waggon and bush tours at Silver Birches Campground, and sugar shanty tours at Williamson Farms! 8:30 am – Pancake Breakfast at the Legacy Recreation Centre – 16 Allen St 9 am – 3 pm – Hay Wagon & Bush Tours at Silver Birches Campground – 9537 Army Camp Rd 9 am-5 pm Sugar Shanty Tours at Williamson farms – 7739 Lakeshore Rd

Warwick Warwick Fire Dept. Pancake & Sausage Breakfast March 18 9 am – 1 pm. Come out for a pancake breakfast, sausage, eggs, toast, muffins, fruit salad, juices, coffee, and tea put on by the Warwick Fire Dept. Adults $8.00, 12 & under $5.00, Preschool Free

Warkworth Sandy Flat Sugar Bush and Pancake House Store Year Round Sat & Sun Pancake House Daily until the end of April  9 am – 4 pm. Compare the native, pioneer & modern methods of gathering & processing the sap, horse-drawn sleigh rides, nature trails, maple taffy on snow, museum full of maple syrup related artefacts, pancake breakfasts & more – plus special activities for Maple Festival **No pets please”

Warkworth Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival March 10 – 11 Village Saturday 9 am-5 pm Sunday 10 am – 4:30 pm Sugar Bush Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Tours of Sandy Flat Sugar Bush that also includes horse-drawn sleigh rides ($), educational nature trails, log sawing contest & the snowshoe competition, live music and a pancake breakfast. In the Village – Art & Photography Sale, Craft Show, Petting Farm, The Paddling Puppeteer, Indoor mini golf, and more Sugar Bush – $4, Pancake Breakfast: Adult $7 & Child $3 Daylight Savings Time on the Sunday of the festival – That means you’ll need to get up an hour earlier to take in all of the festivities on Sunday!

Wiarton Area Wiarton Rotary Club’s Maple Magic March 17 – 18 & 24 – 25, 9 am – 1 pm. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, maple taffy on snow, and other maple treats, take a guided tour to see the state of the art maple syrup processing equipment and take an Elk tour at 10:30 am daily. The kids will love Mt. Haymore – a mountain of fun with climbing challenges and slides. Visit the General Store for maple syrup & elk products. Check out the Log sawing competitions at 11:30 am daily. Free admission, Meals range from $5-$10

Woodbridge Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival March 10 – April 8 Daily during March Break Weekends, March Break & Easter Monday 9:30 am – 5 pm Weekdays 9:30 am – 4 pm. Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy demonstrations, waggon rides, activities, and of course pancakes and real maple syrup. Special family-fun activities on weekends and March Break. Maple Syrup Demonstrations: Weekends 10 am- 4:30 pm Weekends 10 am – 3 pm Adults – $8.85, Seniors & Children – $5.75, Parking $4

Woodstock (Beachville) Jakeman’s Maple Products Gift Shop Year round Mon-Sat Pancake Breakfasts March 3-4, 10-11, 14, 17-18, 24-25, 30 – 31. Pancakes Served 9 am – 1:30 pm Gift Shop Mon – Fri 9 am – 4:30 pm Sat 10 am-4 pm. 12th Annual 4-H Pancake Fundraiser The family tradition continues with the production of some of the finest maple syrup from over 1000 taps. Join them for yummy pancakes and sausages with the best tasting Maple Syrup, tour the museum and shop the Maple Gift Shop. All meals are prepared and served by Oxford County 4-H members; proceeds support local 4-H projects.

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