One-Tank Trip for March 18-17
(c) By Jim Fox
How sweet it is!
They’re tapping into spring with the running of the sap to make Canada’s iconic maple syrup.
Visit a sugar shack where sap is collected from maple trees and boiled into syrup, and tour a sugar bush to learn about the making of this sweet treat.
|Tom Shaw shows the traditional method of tapping maple trees using a hand drill on his Orillia-area farm. (Jim Fox photo)|
It’s all possible at the 53rd Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 1, the world’s largest single-day fest of its kind that attracts 70,000 people in one day.
Come early and hungry to this community north of Kitchener-Waterloo for a pancake and sausage breakfast served from 7 a.m.
Some 15,000 servings of flapjacks, smothered in 750 litres of syrup, are devoured.
There are trips to the sugar bush, a pancake-flipping contest, dog show, petting zoo and toys, quilts, crafts, antiques and collectibles, along with great food including maple syrup toffee.
Children can enjoy midway and pony rides, inflatables and musical performances.
|Yum. Come and get ’em – flapjacks smothered in maple syrup. (Ontario Tourism)|