Did you know that it takes about 40 litres of sap to produce one litre of maple syrup ? Or the fact that North America is the only place that has both the sugar maple tree and the proper weather required to produce maple syrup ? These were just some of the facts that I learnt during the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Park – a much loved Canadian springtime tradition .
We braved the windchill, snow and slush ( yes,we call this spring in Canada ) as tour guides dressed up in Late Victorian Era ( 1890s ) costumes demonstrated how maple trees are tapped to make maple syrup and maple sugar.
|Maple sugar being made in a Victorian style kitchen|
We also learnt that all maple syrups are not the same.
|Maple Syrup Grades|
The Gift Shop and the Candy Shanty had lots of maple goodies like taffy, maple fudge, maple cream cookies, maple mustard, maple jelly and of course, maple syrup.
Maple Lollies are a must-have for Sofia and Aisha at every Maple Syrup Festival.
|Aisha enjoying Maple Lolly|
Another enjoyable part of the park was the Victorian Farmhouse where we got a glimpse of life in the 1890s and learnt interesting tidbits .
All the walking and fresh air made us hungry and we decided to take the wagon ride to the Pancake House to have some warm pancakes with maple syrup.
|Pancakes with maple syrup|
After more than three hours the girls had still not had enough and asked us to take them to the children’s barn at the other end of the park’s day area where they spent another half an hour . Overall, it was a great experience for the entire family , worth going year after year.
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