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Tap into Nature's Sweet Side at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Feb 27, 2013


For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, February 27) -  The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival, the GTA's longest running maple syrup celebration, kicks off this weekend!  The festival has been bringing sweet family fun to thousands of visitors to discover the magic of traditional and modern maple syrup production while exploring the many facets of maple syrup in a fun festival atmosphere with live entertainment, Maple Syrup Walks, samples, and pancakes to enjoy!

The five-week festival takes place from March 2 - April 7, in two locations just north of Toronto at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan and Bruce's Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville, just east of Markham. For the past 45 years, the festival supports the work of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) to help people understand, enjoy and look after the environment in the Greater Toronto Area.

Festival entertainment includes daily activities at both locations: maple syrup demonstrations, syrup sampling, pony rides and horse-drawn wagon rides (extra fees may apply to some activities). Throughout the day both locations will have family-friendly activities and entertainers including face painting, balloon artists, and Clog dancing demonstrations.

On weekends and March Break, there will be hour-long guided maple syrup walks where visitors can see how maple syrup is made and learn about the history of this Canadian tradition. Festival goers can indulge in pancakes with pure Canadian maple syrup, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and lots of maple sugar treats available for purchase at the Sugarbush Shop.

Both locations will be open daily during March Break and Easter Weekend with activities for families looking for fun outdoor activities and programs.

One sweet treat of this year's Maple Sugarbush Festival is the Maple Syrup Dinner at Kortright Centre for Conservation on Saturday, March 23. Lamplight will be used to illuminate the evening's Maple Syrup Dinner. Guests will feast on a Maple Syrup themed dinner specially created for the event. For bookings please call 416-667-6295 (Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).

For a complete schedule of events, please visit


WHEN:   March 2- April 7

              9:30 am - 5:00 pm

              Bruce's Mill open Wednesday to Sunday, March Break (daily) and Easter Weekend

              Kortright open daily, March Break (daily) and Easter Weekend


COST: The cost is $10 for adults and $6.50 for kids and seniors.  Children four and under are admitted free with their family and Conservation Parks Members are free.  Parking is $4 per vehicle at Kortright Conservation Centre and free at Bruce's Mill.


WHERE: Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr Vaughan, ON   

Bruce's Mill Conservation Area, 3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville, ON                                             


About TRCA

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment.  Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at or Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival Facebook fan page.


Media Contact:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation                       

T: 416.661.6600 ext 5632; E:

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