There was plenty to do in Bronte Creek Provincial Park during the Maple Syrup festival; wagon rides to the Pancake House to enjoy fresh Pancakes, a guided tour of Maple Lane demonstrating maple syrup production, shop at the gift shop and candy shanty, visit farm animals, play family games and ride ponies.

There were also tours of the 1899 Spruce Lane Farmhouse offered. Friends of Bronte Creek and staff dressed in period costume for a more authentic experience. Many guests sampled maple kettle corn, maple cotton candy and maple taffy on a stick.

It’s interesting to note that Canada supplies 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup. Native peoples taught the early settlers how to harvest sap and boil it down to the sweet and nutritious treat that we love.  Canadian maple syrup is exported to about 50 countries around the world but most of it goes to the USA.

This March festival is very popular and seems to draw a larger crowd each year. If you have not yet been, the final days to attend the festival are March 30th and 31st, 9:30 a.m. Until 3:00 p.m.  Bring along your sweet tooth.

By: Leslie Styles