Maple syrup festivals a short drive from Toronto, Ontario

So you like maple syrup, eh?
Along with hockey, poutine and being overly apologetic (sorry!), maple syrup is a staple of Canadian culture and a sweet treat that we love to celebrate. There’s nothing tastier than Canadian maple syrup on a stack of warm pancakes, as a glaze for flaky salmon or to drizzle over a creative concoction.

It’s sugarbush season in York Durham Headwaters

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the chance to savour a true Canadian delicacy, we’ve got great news! You still have time to visit a sugar bush in York Durham Headwaters before the sap stops running.
Maple Syrup Festival, Kortright Centre Pouring Syrup over Pancakes and sausages

Stuff your face

The best part about visiting a sugar bush this season is that you have the perfect excuse to indulge. Mmmm… pancakes. Mmmmmm… sausages. And after the main course, get outside to roll some maple taffy in the snow.  If the snow’s all gone by the time you get there, never fear! You can always buy some sweet treats to take home with you.
Maple Syrup Festival, Kortright Centre gift shop

Behind the scenes

Who was the first person to come up with the great idea to pour tree sap on a pancake anyway? You’ll get an inside look at how the golden treat is made. You’ll be sure to catch educational demonstrations at one of the many Maple Syrup Festivals across the region.
Maple Syrup Festival, Kortright Centre Educational Demonstration

Fun facts about maple syrup

  • Canada produces    more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup.
  • In Ontario, we produce over a million litres a year!
  • It takes approximately 40 gallons of raw tapped sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.

Thanks for the fun facts, @ontarioculinary!

The sweetest reason for a road trip

Carve out some time this upcoming weekend and hit the road. Plan a fun-filled day of activities for the family and make memories that are sure to stick with you for a long time.
Maple Syrup Festival, Kortright Centre horse drawn wagons

Maple syrup events a short drive from Toronto

Mar-Apr 8-7

Headwaters Taste of Maple

Starts: Mar 8th, 2018 12:00 am
Ends: Apr 7th, 2018 11:30 pm

Various Locations

Discover and taste the magic of Headwaters’ maple syrup in a variety of products. With 25 participating locations, there is sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth this maple season. Enjoy family fun activities at the Maple Syrup Festival, learn how to cook a delicious maple inspired meal, paint your very own maple tree masterpiece, or make it a date night with maple infused prix fixe meals.

Cost: Varies by event and venue

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Mar-Apr 9-9

Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival

Starts: Mar 9th, 2018 9:00 am
Ends: Apr 9th, 2018 5:00 pm

Purple Woods Conservation Area
38 Coates Road, East
Oshawa , Ontario L1H 3T3

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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.

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Mar-Apr 10-8

Horton Tree Farms Maple Syrup Festival

Starts: Mar 10th, 2018 9:00 am
Ends: Apr 8th, 2018 4:00 pm

Horton Tree Farms
5924 Slaters Road
Stouffville, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario L4a2E8

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Visit the maple sugar bush in March/April and sample the sweetness of spring. See demonstrations on the history and methods of maple syrup production. Enjoy wagon rides, bonfires, maple products, pancakes, nature trails, log cabins, in a beautiful natural ambience.

Cost: Adult $7.00 Senio/Student $6.00 Child 5to12 $5.00

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Mar-Apr 10-8

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Starts: Mar 10th, 2018 10:00 am
Ends: Apr 8th, 2018 10:00 am

Kortright Centre | Bruce's Mill Conservation Area
9550 Pine Valley Drive 3291 Stouffville Road
Woodbridge, Vaughan, Ontario

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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!

*Dates vary by locations. Check back for details.

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Bruce's Mill Conservation Area and Terra Cotta Conservation Area

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Apr 7-8

Pefferlaw Creek Farms Maple Syrup Festival

Starts: Apr 7th, 2018 Noon
Ends: Apr 8th, 2018 9:00 pm

Pefferlaw Creek Farms
12300 Concession Rd 6
Uxbridge, Ontario

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PCFarms Maple Syrup Festival - April 7-8, 2018
PCFarms is hosting our first maple syrup festival at the farm on April 7-8, 2018. Come visit us and share in the excitment of the maple production season. We will have wagon rides through the farm, taffee for our guests, activities for young and old, and tours of the maple operation. You will get the authentic sugaring experience and get to see a fully operational maple syrup farm in action and watch as we make our pure organic maple syrup right in front of you!

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Apr 7

Maple Syrup By Lamplight

Apr 7th, 2018 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Island Lake Conservation Area
673067 Hurontario St S
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 2Y9

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Bring a friend or your sweetheart to be guided by lamplight through the story of the maple sugarbush. Start the tour off with a warm beverage and enjoy maple themed snacks throughout. End the night with a warm campfire treat, a decadent taste of maple taffy and a choice of a warm alcoholic beverage. Maple syrup and products will be available for purchase.
Appropriate for ages 19+ LLBO event. Advanced Tickets Required

Cost: $20 per person

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