Maple Syrup Festival
2017 Festival Dates:
March 4-5, 11-19 and 25-26
Fresh Ontario maple syrup begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on the first Saturday in March when the park's annual Maple Syrup Festival gets under way. The maple syrup festivities are open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and March Break.
Enjoy a guided tour of Maple Lane, where interpreters costumed for the 1890's demonstrate different historical ways of collecting and making maple syrup. The tour ends in the middle of Spruce Lane Farm where you can learn how to make fresh maple sugar or enjoy a stick of delicious maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals in the yard.
New this year is our family activity centre where the kids can have fun and do lots of exciting games. Make sure you don't miss Spruce Lane Farmhouse, a living history museum that recreates life from 1899. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and purchase a bottle of syrup to take home. And what's a Maple Syrup Festival without a pancake meal? Hop on a wagon that will take you to the Pancake House where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes and sausages with pure maple syrup.
Maple Syrup Festival F.A.Q.
A. Every weekend in March and the week of March Break from 9:30am - 3:00pm
A. The Festival is included in the Park daily access fee:
|Daily Vehicle Permit
|Senior Permit (65+)
|Disabled Permit (with proof of Ontario Disability Permit)
In addition budget about $40 for purchases in the candy shanty, gift shoppe and maple taffy station. The pancake meals vary in price from about $4 for a small meal to $30.00 for a family platter. Meals include pancakes, sausage or bacon, a drink and of course 100% pure maple syrup! No group rates.
A. Debit/Credit is accepted in all areas of the festival- only exception is Taffy station which is cash only. There are no ATMs in the park.
A. About 2 hours are needed to see and do everything at the Festival. Remember, your day pass allows you to also use the other park facilities, including walking trails, the children's farm and the Playbarn (kids 10 and under only). Your family could easily spend 4 hours at the park. Please remember walking is involved.
A. Dress warm from head to toe. Walking is involved so wear sturdy and weather appropriate footwear. Hats, mitts and warm coats are needed for everyone and snow pants or splash pants are a good idea for kids.
A. Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash. Dogs are NOT permitted on the tractor drawn wagon rides or in the buildings. Dogs are welcome on the guided tours of Maple Lane.
A. March is known for snow, rain, mud and ice... which can make wheeled transportation challenging. All buildings are wheelchair accessible including washrooms, however the trip will be difficult in snowy conditions or when it is muddy. Strollers and wagons have an easier time with the thicker wheels. Strollers may NOT be permitted on the wagon if it is busy. Strollers are not permitted in the Farmhouse.
A. The festival is a great time for the family to get out and enjoy a truly Canadian tradition. We strive to be family focused. Children under 3 may not understand the guided tour but they will love the outdoor games, maple sugar, wagon ride, farm animals, Playbarn, etc... So YES the festival has things for toddlers to enjoy. --- bring your camera to capture some awesome memories!
A. In 2015 we added a crosscut saw station where you can cut your own souvenir medallion for free. In 2016 we added a kids activity/games room. We're always trying to add new things each year.
A. Presently we have english speaking tour guides. We are happy to answer questions or work with language interpreters... just let us know. Same goes for hearing impaired.
A. Sure - all activities are ongoing from 9:30am -3:00pm. It's best to get here before 1:00 pm as it will take you at least 2 hours to see everything.
A. The Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup Festival specializes in the Late Victorian Time period (1890's). The tour guides are dressed in clothing typical of this time period.
If you have any other questions please call 905-827-6911