Maple Syrup Time

A few weeks ago my sister asked if we were interested in a maple syrup tour for my niece’s birthday party.  After a pre-requisite “Elf” joke: “Syrup’s my favourite!” we headed out to Elmhurst Outdoors last weekend.

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I had never heard of it until my sister organized this outing but it is an amazing place. (It would probably be even more amazing if you were an outdoorsy-type).  Besides the maple syrup tours, there is cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; kayaking and canoeing in the better weather.

 

This tour takes you through several stops outlining the changes in maple syrup production from native americans through present day.  It’s a bit of a hike uphill.  The weather was beautiful, so the parkas were not necessary, but with the melting snow, the boots definitely were.

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It’s a working maple syrup production so there are sap lines running through the trees

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This hasn’t been a good spring for maple syrup; not enough warm days and cool nights to get the sap running. It takes 40 buckets of sap to make 1 bucket of syrup; I loved the visual aid:

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My favourite part (of course) was eating the maple syrup from the snow. We finished the stop with pancakes and sausage for lunch. Our group of kids enjoyed the day; the word “fantastic” was used.  It was great to finally have some nice spring weather!

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