Finally, the snow is melted, birds are flocking in and the sweet aroma of maple syrup is filling the air.
What better way to celebrate the season than enjoying your local maple syrup festival!
Below you will find a list of festivities in Ontario featuring the best and most fresh maple syrup.
For a full list of Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario, click here.
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Sweetwater Harvest Festival
March 19 - 20
Wye Marsh | Celebrating it's 25th year, the Sweetwater Harvest Festival is the place where Canadian Tradition meets its unique Canadian landscape. Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage.
Yes there are sugar shack tours, pancakes and taffy tasting, but there is so much more to the weekend long festival. There are birds of prey and reptile/amphibian talks; wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding.
Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
March 5 to April 3
Wye Marsh | Come celebrate maple syrup in four conservations surrounding the North GTA.
• Bruce's Mill Conservation Area (Stoufville) | Click here
• Island Lake Conservation Area (Orangeville) | Click here
• Kortright Centre for Conservation (Vaughan) | Click here
• Terra Cotta Conservation Area (Halton Hills) | Click here
Maple Syrup | Then and Now
Orillia Fairgrounds Famers' Market| The Simcoe County Museum will be onsite at the market with maple syrup equipment and demonstrations. Valerie Scott from Sunshine City Chefs will be on the market filming her show and making delicious food from maple syrup and other market ingredients. A pancake breakfast will be available for purchase, and donations for the Sharing Place Orillia Food Bank will be gratefully received. Free maple flavoured cotton candy will be given away to the children, and lots of good food and artisan products will be available.
Maple Weekend | Sweet Ontario
April 1 - 3
Various location in Simcoe | Simcoe Sugar Bushes are proud to put on their annual Maple Weekend, celebrating all things maple syrup - from horse drawn sleigh rides to pancakes and fresh maple taffy in snow.
See below for a list of locations:
Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival
Elmvale | Enjoy the largest maple syrup celebration around! The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival celebrates all thing sugary and sweet. From local arts and crafts and various street vendors, to a log sawing competition and pancake eating contest - this weekend is jam packed with great events suitable for the entire family. Enjoy live entertainment, tours of local sugar bushes, a variety of traditional and unique takes on syrupy food and so much more.
Annual Buckhorn Maplefest
March 19 - 20, 25 - 27
Buckhorn | For three weekends in a row, the annual Buckhorn Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm provides a fun family escape to enjoy live music, a petting farm, wool spinning, wagon rides, pancakes with the freshest maple syrup, and much more.