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Plan your March Break at a Maple Syrup Festival!

Restrictions are lifting just in time for March Break! Didn’t plan a trip outside of Ontario this year and looking for things to do with the kids? No problem! This March Break pack the car and explore the different Maple Syrup Festivals across Ontario, because it’s Maple sugaring season! Each festival has activities and events that will feature outdoor family fun including sweet yummy treats. We’ve found some of the best Maple Syrup Festivals happening during March Break this year that the whole family will enjoy!

Maple Syrup Festivals in the GTA

article1march82022.jpgPack up the car and head to Terra Cotta for the Maple Syrup in the Park at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. This Maple Syrup Festival features many activities to keep the whole family busy! Book tickets for the 1-hour Maple Syrup Discovery Tour where you’ll get to check out several different stations. Explore the Sweetwater Discovery station, the Settled into Spring station, the Tool Shoppe station, the Sugar Shack, the Changing Seasons station and try some maple taffy! (must be purchased in advance). You can also buy maple products from the Pancake House, take part in the Indigenous Teachings, go on a Storybook Walk and play giant games and conquer obstacles! Next on the list is Maple at the Village at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto to learn all the maple syrup making tips and tricks from costumed entertainers and educators during the Marvelous Maple Show that puts a fun twist on learning. They’ll “spile” the beans on the magic behind making maple syrup in a sugar bush in a fun and interactive experience. The kids will then get to hunt for lost pieces of Granny Smith’s secret maple recipe! Booking online in advance is required.

Maple Syrup Festivals in the Ottawa Region

article2march82022.jpgThis March Break, head to Fulton’s Sugar Bush for their yearly sugar bush activities. Hop on a sleigh ride, try some maple taffy, ski or snowshoe the 8 kms of beautiful trails, trail games, playground for kids, and tons of photo opportunities! Continue your Maple tour and head to Sugarbush at the Log Farm to learn how maple syrup is made through a special hands-on experience, taste maple taffy, take a wagon ride out to the sugarbush and walk through the trails of the sugar maples. When you’re done, make your way to the main farmyard where you can feed and meet tons of farm animals! Lastly, visit Proulx Maple & Berry Farm for more maple fun. Visit the century-old maple syrup production shack where you’ll learn how it’s made, explore the area on a wagon ride, warm up by the fire pits, run around and have fun on the play structures, the maze, and the 4-loops trails where you can walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski. Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo to meet and feed all the animals!

Maple Syrup Festivals in Southwestern Ontario

article3march82022.jpgBlyth Creek Maple Farm Sugar Bush Tours is an experience for the whole family. Take part in the old tradition of making maple syrup, learn sugaring techniques of Canada’s first people, with the heating of hot rocks in a fire and transferring them into a sap filled, hollowed-out log. Want to give archery a try? Grab a bow and arrow and see if you can hit the target! Take a walk along the trails and you’ll come across a pioneer camp to explore. Grab a saw and see how much wood you can saw using this traditional technique. Fast forward to modern times, you’ll see how sap is collected and turned into maple syrup today. Grab some maple syrup goodies like maple butter tarts to go from the farm maple store.  With 4 flavours of Maple Syrup made on site, White Meadows Farms has a maple syrup flavour for everyone. Choose from golden, amber, dark and very dark or why not try them all! During March Break and on weekends until April, book tickets for their Sugar Bush Trek where you’ll head out on a guided tour of re-imagined Native and Pioneer Camps where you and the kids will get to solve mysteries and learn about the maple syrup process throughout the years. Then try some pioneer inspired old fashioned wood-cutting and make maple taffy in the snow!

Maple Syrup Festivals in the Niagara Region

article4march82022.jpgHead to Agape Valley Sugar Bush for their Maple Syrup Days to try delicious pancakes from the Pancake House, get a tour of the sugar bush, try maple taffy and take a hayride out into the sugar bush where you’ll get to hop off and walk some of the trails to see how the sap is collected.  Learn how the sap is turned into maple syrup and how the process has changed over the years. Don’t forget to pick up some goodies from The Maple Store to bring home! Open all of March Break and on weekends, with the last tour leaving at 2 pm daily. After visiting Agape Valley, head to Richardson’s Farm & Market for more Maple fun! Hop on a wagon ride of the sugar bush, walk the groomed sugar bush trails, try maple taffy, meet Farmer James and learn how they boil sap into pure maple syrup using an evaporator. Purchase tickets directly online for your visit.

Maple Syrup Festivals in Central Ontario

article5march82022.jpgHead to Uxbridge to Pefferlaw Creek Farms to experience and taste maple syrup being made fresh on site. Take a tour of the grounds, try maple taffy and see the evaporator on full boil making maple syrup. Walk the forest trails and try delicious pancakes from the pancake house. No bookings required. Continue on to Orangeville and head to Maple Syrup in the Park at Island Lake Conservation Area. Book a time slot online in advance of arrival for the Maple Syrup Discovery Tour in the Sugarbush where you’ll discover how maple syrup is made throughout history, sample maple taffy (must be pre-purchased), learn Indigenous teachings, go on the Storybook Walk, play giant games and tackle obstacles, and you’ll have park and trail access until 5:30pm. After you’re done, visit the Pancake House where you can buy delicious pancakes and buy maple products to take home from the Maple Shop.

Maple Syrup Festival in Eastern Ontario

article6march82022.jpgWheelers Pancake House and Sugar Camp is a sugar bush, farm, museum and pancake house all in one spot! Visit this beautiful location known for its delicious organic maple syrup, try maple products and experience the sugar bush. At the barn you can visit all the farm animals, you can hike the many trails, kids can play on the playground and try out the zip line. Visit the Maple Heritage Museum and Forest & Ham Museum to learn about maple syrup and the production of it. Open Tuesday-Sunday and reservations are required.


Featured Events

Toronto Comicon

March 18-20, 2022
Toronto, Ontario

featuredevents1march82022.jpgGet ready for family-friendly attractions, events, and world-renowned Celebrities at the Toronto Comicon 2022! This can’t-miss-event is the place for all things comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. What can you expect at Comicon this year? Workshops, celebrity sighting and photo opportunities, celebrity panels where you’ll get the inside scoop on your favourite movies and TV shows, professional comic artists in sketch duels, costumed characters, and a ton of shopping opportunities to find your favourite memorabilia. Don’t miss out, get tickets to get in on the action!

March Break Circus Camp

March 14-18, 2022
London, Ontario

featuredevents2march82022.jpgDo you have a little one who loves dance and gymnastics? Why not enrol them this March Break in the March Break Circus Camp! Located in London, Ontario, children ages 4-16 can participate in a wide variety of programs and activities that will have them learning, moving and having fun. This traditional Circus Camp has classes in the air where the kids will get to use silks, hammock, hoop, trapeze and weggsphere. Classes on the ground focus on flexibility, conditioning, strength and character building through a variety of fun exercises.  Tight rope walking, acrobatics, juggling, hula hooping, poi, dance and tumbling to name a few! All of this fun and more is in store at this Circus Camp!

TreeTop Trekking

Stouffville and Hamilton, Ontario
November - March 31st (open every day during March Break)

featuredevents3march82022.jpgIf you’ve experienced Treetop Trekking in the warmer months, you know how much fun it is.  But have you tried it in winter? Yes, it’s open! Grab the kids, pack the car and head to the Hamilton or Stouffville location to get outside for some fun exploring the tree-house villages during a 2-hour experience. Explore several different tree-houses with wood bridges, net-walkways, slides and ramps. And don’t forget to also check out the mini-treetop courses, play nets, and forest pathways! This is the perfect outdoor March Break adventure!

featured park: The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)

featuredmarch82022.jpgThe NPCA or Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula. The NPCA conservation areas in particular are known for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. The Niagara region has some of Ontario's most beautiful parks with unique landscapes, trails, wildlife and watersheds. With so many areas to explore in this region, there is no shortage of adventures to be had.  The NPCA conservation areas have tons of activities you can do; hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, birding, geocaching, cycling, cross-country skiing, explore cultural heritage, enjoy sandy beaches and waterfalls and amazing photography opportunities. To see all the parks in this area, get maps and for more information, visit the NPCA website


only in ontario - Brockville railway tunnel

onlyinontmarch82022.jpg Brockville Railway Tunnel is Canada’s First Railway Tunnel! It was built between 1854 -1860 as part of the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. The Tunnel was a major feat of engineering and it remains a remarkable example of Canada’s pre-Confederation industrial heritage. Over the years the Tunnel has been maintained and restored to keep this piece of history in-tact for future generations to visit. A new paved concrete floor, state-of-the-art energy efficient lighting and sound system, rest areas with benches, wayfinding and educational signs have been added to make the Tunnel more safe for visitors.  The addition of lighting allows visitors to see the Tunnel’s architecture and geology that weren’t as easy to see and appreciate prior. The tunnel runs right under the City, near Brockville’s Waterfront. The tunnel is open 9am-9pm, 7 days a week including holidays. This historic, colourful tunnel is a marvel that everyone should visit at least once!

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