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Get a taste of maple syrup magic at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Feb 24, 2011

(TORONTO, February 24) -  The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival, the GTA's longest running maple syrup celebration, has been bringing sweet family fun to thousands of visitors who come out to this annual springtime tradition.  The six-week festival takes place from March 5- April 10, 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 43 years, the festival has helped to support 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 (traditional and modern production), syrup sampling and horse-drawn wagon rides. Throughout the day both locations will have family-friendly activities and entertainers including face painting, strolling entertainers, and a children's music show. 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 Bruce's Mill Conservation area children can have fun on pony rides (small additional fee), see the farm animals at the petting zoo and see a demonstration on how maple sugar was produced by Native Canadians. At Kortright Centre, visitors can also participate in hour long tours of the Archetype Sustainable House.

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

One tasteful highlight of this year's Maple Sugarbush Festival is the Maple Syrup Dinner at Kortright Centre  for Conservation on Saturday, March 26 and Saturday, April 2.  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 5- April 10

              9:30 am - 4 pm

              Bruce's Mill open Wednesday thru Sunday, and March Break

              Kortright open daily

COST: The cost is $9 for adults and $6.50 for kids and seniors.  Children four and under are admitted free with their family and 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.

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Elizabeth Oakley
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