Friday, March 19, 2010

Maple Syrup Season

The frosty nights and warm temperatures have started the running of the syrup, much like the running of the bulls, if bulls were watery liquid coming out of maple trees. During March Break many families bring their children to forests, sugar bushes and conservation areas to see the magic of maple syrup.

Near Toronto you can go to the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area or Kortright Centre for Conservation or Mountsberg Conservation Area in Halton Region just by Highway 401 and Guelph Line.

Maple trees larger than 30cm in diameter are drilled and tapped with a spout which drain into buckets. The liquid is gathered together and boiled to make maple syrup. Boiling the syrup produces maple candy. You can watch the process, get samples of maple candies, buy pancakes and rides on horse drawn wagons. With the warm weather it is a fine way to spend the day outside in the fresh air.

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