Maple Syrup is one of Canada’s 4M’s that goes with Canada’s Moose, Mountains and Muskies! Ontario has more Maple Syrup production than most other provinces. This spring tonic welcomes spring and indicates warmer days, melting snow and ice. A visit to the Maple Sugar Bush, or a visit to a Maple Syrup Festival adds smiles to kids and laughter for the family.
Ontario Maple Syrup News
Indications with this years cold winter and heavy snow fall the harvest will start later in March. The maple production report is a weekly report that will include predictions of approaching sap flow events based on extended weather forecasts, and guidelines on sap collection and syrup production. The maple syrup festival and sugar bush tours season continues into April. See March maple syrup festivals and maple sugar bush tours north in Ontario.
Maple Syrup Grades
Most maple syrup buyers assume bottles labelled “Canada No. 1” or “Grade A” offer the best grade of the product, but those classifications might not be to everyone’s taste. See Complete story on grading Maple Syrup Story
Maple Tree Saplings may offer new production methods for Maple Syrup….he iconic sugar bush could soon be joined by a radically different landscape, thanks to a discovery by researchers. See Maple Sapling Plantations
Maple Syrup and Easter in Ontario
Easter in 2016 falls during the first week of April. Easter activities with taste treats using maple syrup in your Easter brunch, or Easter dinner is an ideal time to support Ontario’s maple syrup farmers. See Easter Resort and Lodges Getaways, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Brunch Dining Unable to get to a sugar bush? You can always try the local Ontario Farmers’ Market for fresh spring maple syrup.
Maple Syrup Myths or Facts
Maple Trees were once called Maypoles: True: From an early settler “I have ever seen was making sugar out of a tree…you make a hole in the tree) the Maypole they call it and out come the sugar like sweet water thick like and you boil it.” from the John A. MacDonald Alubum by Lena Newman.
From Maypoles to Maple Trees, there are many who believe the Fall Colour Season coincides with Maple Syrup production. False! Maple leaf color changes take place in September and October not March and April. See fall maple leaf colour routes.
A Spring tonic: Drinking the “Maple Sap” directly from the tree is a spring tonic to revive one from a long winter. Possible!! First Nations spring cure to renew vitality. Let the reader decide see Foodland Ontario Facts about Maple Syrup.
A cure for Cholera: “An 1832 remedy included a rub of lard, maple sugar and ashes from the maple tree (Note: this could be a spa treatment today), followed by a hot draught of maple sugar and lye causing violent perspiration.” from the John A. MacDonald Album by Lena Newman.
Families can learn the history of maple syrup and glimpse first hand the boiling of the sap, (sweet water) and the making of the maple syrup. Maple syrup history goes back 1000 years and coincides with the arrival of spring, warmer weather and the “Maple Moon.” The “sugaring off ” period or maple syrup festival time is unique to North Eastern North America. In Canada, production is primarily in Ontario, Quebec, and some in the Maritimes. Many products are made from the syrup including maple butter, maple taffy in the snow, maple walnut ice cream, cured maple bacon, maple fudge, and a variety of desserts such as baked apples with maple syrup, always a family favorite.
Maple Syrup Recipes
The taste treat was first reported in the 1600’s by French priests, probably in Quebec and historic Huronia area of Georgian Bay. See Maple Syrup Recipes.
Maple Trees For Syrup
The source of maple syrup should not be forgotten. The importance of the maple tree is often ignored both as the source of Canada’s national emblem on our flag, and as the source of the delicious golden liquid called maple syrup produced each spring in North Eastern Canada. The Sugar Maple is the main source of maple sap for maple syrup products. See more information on Sugar Maple Tree.
More information on Canadian maple trees can be found at Maple Leaves Forever (MLF]. Maple Leaves Forever Foundation advocates planting of native maples in increasing numbers across the rural landscape of southern Ontario.
A trip to the sugar bush with the family wouldn’t be complete without the taste of fresh ‘hot-off-the grill’ pancakes and sausages smothered in Canadian maple syrup. In recent years the Maple Syrup Festivals have attracted a wide range of families and couples. Visitors from all over Ontario and Canada plus international travelers and visitors come experience one of the many traditions of being Canadian in Ontario.
Sugar bush experiences highlight many family fun activities:
- horse drawn sleigh rides
- maple syrup boiling demonstrations
- taffy on snow
- log-sawing contests
- snowshoe races
- plank races
- step, clog and old-time square dancing
- nature trail walks
- live old-tyme music and more.