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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​EXPERIENCE MAPLE IN SIMCOE COUNTY


Plan your SWEET OVERNIGHT in Simcoe County​


Tiffin ​Spring Tonic Self-Guided Tours​

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Tap Into Maple​


Wye​ Marsh Sweet Water Harvest Weekends​​​


​OMSPA - Simcoe and District  MAPLE WEEKEND ​


Camphill at Drysdale's Maple Weekend​​


Shop Safely for Maple Products​

Make Your Own Maple Taffy




Plan Your Sweet Overnight in Simcoe County ​

Simcoe County ​​offers so many welcoming places to visit and delicious flavours to experience that you'll want to stay here for more than just one day!  Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre is an ideal place to stay.  Located near the shores of Georg​ian Bay, close to downtown Collingwood, and a short ride to many of the County's best maple syrup producers it's perfectly situated to enable you to explore all the sweet things that Simcoe County has to offer.  
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Tiffin ​Spring Tonic Self-Guided Tours

​Saturday March 5 - Sunday April 3

It's Maple Season again and although the Spring Tonic Maple Syrup festival is canceled this year, you can take a Self-Guided Maple Syrup Tour​​ to participate in the annual celebration.

​Explore Tiffin Conservation Area’s sugar bush by using this Self-Guided activity booklet. This book goes over photosynthesis for trees, how we manage our sugar bush, and the First Nations, Pioneer, and Modern ways of producing maple syrup.

Download the guide ​on your phone​ and bring it with you or pick up a paper copy at the Tiffin Conservation Area (while supplies last).​


Tap Into Maple

Discover Ontario's sweetest route! Tap Into Maple runs until April 3rd with 12 locations across Orillia & Lake Country where you can experience how Canada's sweetest treat is made, from tapping to boiling to serving. Visit http://tapintomaple.com/

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​Wye​ Marsh Sweet Water Harvest Weekends​​


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The Wye Marsh is very excited to be hosting Sweetwater Harvest Weekends this year - a new twist on a favourite festival at the Marsh! 

This year the festival will run over 3 weekends: 

  • March 19 & 20
  • March 26 & 27
  • April 2 & 3, 2022

Activities will run from 10:00am-2:00pm and trails will be open from 9:00am-4:00pm. 

At Sweetwater Harvest Weekends, families can escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage.

Guests can enjoy activities like:

  • Sugar Shack Demonstrations
  • Pioneer Games
  • Maple Kids' Zone
  • Guided Interpretive Hikes
  • Artisan vendors and local environmental groups in the Display Hall
  • Visit the Birds of Prey Field
  • Hike the trails and experience the sights and sounds of spring
Visit https://www.wyemarsh.com/sweetwater to reserve your tickets now! 


​OMSPA - Simcoe and District  MAPLE WEEKEND 

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Maple Weekend​ – April 2 & 3

Maple Weekend gives you  a first-hand opportunity to see how maple p​roducts are produced, from tree to table.  There will be free samples and lots of fun! You can visit local sugar houses free of charge and learn about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring.  Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugar bush trails, sugar making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more. 

Each producer has a unique list of activities and experiences in store fo​r you.  Check out each producer's listing to see what specific activities they are offering and come prepared to buy syrup – you're definitely going to want to take some home with you!  

Experience the traditional maple sugaring craft and taste why pure Ontario maple syrup has long been a favourite springtime treat. 




​Camphill​ at Drysdale's Maple Weekend 

Making maple syrup at Camphill Communities O​ntario has been a community tradition for 39 years. 

This year, Camphill has partnered with Drysdale's Tree Farm to host their first annual outdoor Maple Weekend! Scheduled for April 2 & 3, 2022 at Drysdale's Tree Farm, this Maple Weekend will offer a chance for families and the community to experience the Ontario tradition of making maple syrup. 

Visitors will be able to see traditional sugaring demonstrations, tour a sugar bush, ride in a horse drawn wagon, and experience maple taffy making. There will even be a pancake breakfast to taste Camphill's delicious maple syrup. 

Please, join Camphill and the Drysdale's family in sharing this sweet annual tradition together.​  Purchase your tickets in advance by visiting: www.camphill.ca 



Shop Safely for Maple Products in Simcoe County ​

Farmers have been offering curb-side sales for ages, only they call it “farm gate sales".  Many sell their products from roadside stands, sheds or other out-buildings on their property.  Don't forget to travel with cash or call before you arrive to pay by e-transfer. 

*Many farm gate sales depend on the honour system when making payment.  Your respect is critical for the success of these essential sales and support of local farmers*  

​You can also find locally produced maple syrup at these locations:

Remember to check ahead BEFORE visiting.  

Hours of operation may be changed as per Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework.​​

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Maple syrup is considered by many to be a farmer’s first crop of the year.  There are several grades of maple syrup from extra light to dark.   The lighter the maple syrup the more subtle its taste.  Early maple syrup tends to be clearer and lighter in taste, but as the season progresses it becomes darker and takes on a more carmelized flavour.  Just like any other gourmet food, the flavour and aroma of maple syrup can vary widely between producers.  The reason for this is that the composition of the maple trees’ sap changes during the season, over the years, and varies from region to region.   Like a fine wine, each farm’s syrup will have its own bouquet.    

​In Simcoe County the sugaring season, when the sap is generally collected from sugar maple trees, starts around mid-February and can last to mid-April. 


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Maple Festivals & Events

​Every year Simcoe County is home to a number of festivals and events that celebrate maple syrup and its importance in Ontarian culture...But this year the fun must take place safely at home.  We're looking forward to welcoming you in 2022!

Maple Weekend​ – First weekend of April every year

Maple Weekend gives you  a first-hand opportunity to see how maple products are produced, from tree to table.  There will be free samples and lots of fun! You can visit local sugar houses free of charge and learn about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring.  Enjoy pancake breakfasts, sugar bush trails, sugar making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more. 

Each producer has a unique list of activities and experiences in store for you.  Check out each producer's listing to see what specific activities they are offering and come prepared to buy syrup    – you're definitely going to want to take some home with you!  

Experience the traditional maple sugaring craft and taste why pure Ontario maple syrup has long been a favourite springtime treat. 

Sweetwater Festival – Wye Marsh, Midland

Sweetwater is not your average maple syrup festival - it's so much more!  Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage.

Beyond the sugar shack tours, pancakes and taffy tasting, there is much more to the weekend long festival including birds of prey demonstrations, live music from local artists, kids games & activities, woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding!

 

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival – Elmvale 

*Unfortnately the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival will not be taking place in 2022, but we're looking forward to seeing you there in 2023​ 

Every year the town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Nature's rites of Spring – the running of liquid gold – Ontario Pure Maple Syrup. Vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food, books, collectibles and other country treasures. A bus takes visitors on sugarbush tours and an all day pancake breakfast is a must for all visitors. There's also live music, log sawing and pancake eating contests. The whole family will enjoy the charming village of Elmvale and its annual Maple Syrup Festival.

Spring Tonic Festival – Tiffin Centre

Unfortnately the Spring Tonic Festival will not be taking place in 2022, but see above for details of how you can take a self-guided tour of the sugar bush​ 

Celebrate the season at the annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation.  Maple syrup takes centre stage at the festival, with a pancake and sausage breakfast served daily until 2 p.m. Costumed re-enactors will be on hand to demonstrate pioneer and First Nations methods of making maple syrup, and Tiffin's sugar shack will be open for visitors to see how syrup is made today. Tiffin maple syrup and other Simcoe County maple products will be available for purchase.


​Make Your Own ​Maple Taffy

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