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Get a taste of Canadian Heritage at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Mar 02, 2012


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(TORONTO - March 2)  Along with the beaver, Mounties and hockey, maple syrup is a distinct symbol of Canadian culture and heritage, with Canada producing approximately 82 per cent of the world's maple syrup. To celebrate nature's sweet 'liquid gold', Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) will kick off their Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival starting this weekend and running for five weeks until April 9, the longest and oldest festival celebrating the start of the maple syrup season in the GTA. The festival, located at two locations just north of Toronto (Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, and Bruce's Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville) includes family friendly entertainment and activities, and a great opportunity to see first-hand how maple syrup is made and indulge in maple syrup treats including delicious pancakes with maple syrup. TRCA hosts the festival to bring communities together to welcome in spring and to help visitors understand Mother Nature's role in maple syrup production.


"This is the ideal time for tapping trees, because the temperature must be above zero degrees Celsius during the day, and below zero degrees Celsius through the night for the sap to run," says Natalie Zalkind, Education Supervisor, Kortright Centre for Conservation. "Because of the mild winter we've had this year, the sap is running much earlier.  It's definitely a sure sign of spring and we're ready for it. We hope everyone will connect to nature and get outdoors. "


Maple Syrup production is a sustainable activity that supports environmentally responsible land use. A well maintained sugarbush can yield sap for more than 100 years from the same group of trees for generations. The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival has been welcoming visitors for the past 44 years producing maple syrup samples for everyone to enjoy. Pure maple syrup is also known to be a much healthier sweetener than processed sugar and contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and iron. During the maple sugaring season which is about 4 - 6 weeks, an average tree yields about 40 litres of sap per tap hole, which will produce between one litre of maple syrup.


 "The festival is also a fantastic way for families to start their March Break and enjoy the beginning of spring," said Natalie. "Understanding, conserving and managing sugar bushes is more important than ever. The festival helps people to value sugarbushes not just because Canada is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world but because we cherish our maple trees. We all want to protect them and introduce these traditions to new citizens and generations."

Profits from the festival go to support TRCA's sustainable education initiatives. For additional program information please visit or join us on Facebook at!/maplesyrupfest

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