Canadian Maple Syrup Festivals

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Are there any festivals planned involving maple syrup?

A: You know spring is in the air when there's talk of maple syrup. This age old Canadian tradition springs to life during March and flows through April and is celebrated around the province.

For quick festival getaways north of Toronto, you'll want to bookmark the Ontario Maple Syrup section available online from the folks at 400 Eleven Travel and Tourism at www.400eleven.com and click on "Maple Syrup Festivals" on the homepage.

About a 4.5 hour drive from Toronto in Packenham, Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush has its Spring Maple Festival on until April 24. Try their chewy sticky maple taffy on weekends and holidays for $3. The kids can explore the outdoors through interpretive walking trails (there are three), try their luck at the "I Spy" Scavanger Hunt or play around the various Children's Play Areas on the property.

For more info on scheduled activites, dates and maple syrup trivia, visit them at www.fultons.ca/eventsspring2005.htm or call 613-256-3867.

Closer to home, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has buckets of fun planned at its Enbridge Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival now through April 3rd at the Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce's Mill Conservation Area.

For full festival line up and activites, visit www.trca.on.ca/parks_and_attractions/activities/sugarbush_festival/.

Kortright Centre for Conservation is located at 9550 Pine Valley Drive in Woodbridge. Pine Valley Drive is located south of Major Mackenzie Drive, west of Hwy. 400. Bruce's Mill Conservation Area is just twenty minutes north of Toronto along Stouffville Road, east of Highway 404 between Warden and Kennedy.

For other park details, you can reach the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority by calling 416-667-6295 or by emailing them at info@trca.on.ca

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