Maple March Madness in Ontario
As the temperatures start to warm the resort destinations north, northeast and northwest of Toronto are preparing for the maple harvest and accompanying Ontario Maple Syrup Festivals to celebrate the spring tonic. Turning the sap to syrup is a signal for the end of winter and the beginning of spring in Ontario's resort country. Pick one of the featured festivals and plan a weekend outing or day trip with the family.
Northeast and east of Toronto
The annual March weekends Buckhorn Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm is located northeast of Toronto in the Kawartha Lakes close to Haliburton. In addition to all of the maple goodies, visitors can visit with farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes. Festival dates are the last three weekends in March.
Prince Edward County slightly northeast of Toronto can be accessed via Highway 401. Maple in the County takes place in March 21-23, 2014. It's time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County. Enjoy a family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos and live music.
Ontario’s Lake Country presents Tap into Maple in the Orillia resort destination easily accessible via Highway 400 to Highway 11 north of Barrie. This is a discovery road trip opportunity for day trippers starting in March through May 31, 2014. Visitors should get the Maple Route Passport to use as a guide while discovering Ontario's Lake Country and Springwater. Celebrating all things maple with local maple syrup producers who have found creative uses of maple as the liquid gold that enhances many unique food dishes
North and north west of Toronto
Wye Marsh located in Tay Township bordering Midland Ontario. It is easily accessible via Highway 400 and Highway 12 north from Toronto GTA. The Sweetwater Festival takes place the last weekend in March on Saturday and Sunday March 29-30, 2014.
An all day pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup that is produced from old and modern maple syrup harvesting methods. Horse drawn wagon rides are featured. Bannock over open fire, with live folk music highlight the festival. And added bonus will be the Trumpeter Swans searching for mates and territory with lots of 'spring honking'.