Make the Wye Marsh’s Maple Syrup Festival your first spring day trip, and explore the taste and heritage of maple syrup. Watching the sap run from tapped trees, and smelling the scented steam as it’s reduced over an open fire, will make it feel like Spring is on it’s way. Add in some pancakes, taffy tastings, and local artisans and you have the annual Sweetwater Harvest Festival.
Maple Syrup and Canada go Hand-in-Hand
Did you know, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, that Canada produces 71 per cent of the maple syrup sold worldwide? Explore the great Canadian maple syrup making tradition as you hike through the maple forest and see the maple trees being tapped. Pay a visit to the sugar shack and hear about how iconic Canadian maple syrup is made and used.
Wye Marsh’s trees are among the more than 1.7 maple trees tapped in Ontario to produce maple syrup, a product that’s exported to restaurants and family tables in countries around the world – the top five being the United States, Germany, Japan, the UK and Australia.
Image via Wye Marsh.
Each year, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre welcomes spring with a maple festival on the first weekend after the spring equinox. Join everyone in this celebration of spring by enjoying the all-day $5 deal on pancakes and sausage that the Wye Marsh offers. Some might call it breakfast, but it’s a great Canadian heritage meal that satisfies any time of the day. To bottle up this family fun feeling, pick up your own Ontario maple syrup to take home with you.
More than just Maple Syrup
During the maple syrup festival, the Wye Marsh serves up some history – including the traditions of maple syrup, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a chainsaw wood carving demo. The festival adds a touch of today with live music from local performers. The Maple Market features local artisans, environmental groups and entrepreneurs, including Bonnie Bee Honey, Northern Kettle Corn, Wye Marsh Wildflower Gardeners and MWORDS Photography.
While you’re there, you can explore some of the most popular Wye Marsh attractions – including Meet the Creature and their Keeper program, featuring birds of prey and reptiles. These programs let visitors get up close to owls, hawks, falcons and majestic raptors that we see from afar if we’re lucky. Don’t forget to explore the trails as well, and bring along your your camera! Be sure to dress warm and be prepared for ice, snow or puddles.
Maple Syrup Festival Pass and Parking Information
An adult day pass is $10 for non-members and a pass for a family of four costs $30. Children under 2 years old are free, and all prices include tax. You can save 10% by purchasing your pass online. Parking is free; a shuttle – horse and wagon or minivan – runs from the Ste. Marie Among the Hurons’ parking lot. As the two attractions share a driveway off of Hwy. 26, you can’t miss the parking area. For more information, check out the Wye Marsh’s FAQ page.