Saturday Mar 12th, 2016Share
We’re very lucky in Oakville to be close to so many events celebrating the Canadianest of Canadian traditions: Maple syrup time!
Here are a few places to stop by to sample the mapley elixir and learn about the process and traditions.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park:
The sap starts flowing in early March and there’s lots to see, taste and do at Bronte Creek.
- Enjoy a guided tour of Maple Lane with 1890’s costumed interpreters who demonstrate how to tap maple trees and make maple syrup and maple sugar.
- Tour the 100- year- old Spruce Lane Farmhouse and view artifacts in the maple museum.
- A guided wagon tour will lead you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy pancakes and sausages and - you guessed it- pure maple syrup!
For more information visit: www.brontecreek.org/
Mountsberg and Crawford Lake offer different- and great- maple experiences alike.
Mountsberg’s sugar bush has been producing maple magic for almost 150 years. Approximately 600 trees are tapped during the season and you’ll see how the gallons of watery sap are transformed into delicious, sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty.
- Don’t forget to get your free maple syrup candy sample. Yum!
- Nestled in the beautiful wooded scenery, you can enjoy hot pancakes smothered in lots of maple syrup. Not sure if it’s the scenery, the fresh maple syrup, the pancake recipe or all the fresh air, but family and friends always comment that they’re the best pancakes ever!
- There’s a great play barn for the kids to run and jump in.
- Birds of prey demonstrations are very informative and are run regularly at the Raptor Centre.
- Viewing bison, eagles, hawks and owls complete a day of enjoying the outdoors and nature at its best.
- Crawford Lake takes you way back in time to a 15th century reconstructed Iroquoian longhouse. It also has a beautiful boardwalk that circles its lake. Sweetwater season is celebrated with amazing guides explaining how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples. The demonstrations are edible!
- Make sure to sample the maple taffy made right on the snow!
- Maple- themed crafts and discovery hunts are big hits with the kids.
For more information visit: www.conservationhalton.ca
This March, go with the flow - pick a spot and enjoy one of the amazing traditions that make us so lucky to live in an area where nature is so vibrant and so sweet!