Tap into Spring in Halton Parks
Wondering when spring will arrive? Stop looking to groundhogs and robins for predictions of the thaw, at Conservation Halton we say look to the trees! The maple sap is about to flow and Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas are firing up for Maple150, a unique celebration of maple traditions in Ontario. March is the month for all things maple! Mountsberg’s Maple Town runs February 25 until April 2, 2017 on weekends, holidays and March Break from 10am - 4pm each day. Maple Town is free with regular gate admission or a Halton Parks Membership.
February 25 until April 2 (weekends, March Break, and holidays) Mountsberg Conservation Area welcomes visitors to the working sugar bush at Maple Town and Crawford Lake Conservation Area presents Sweet Water Season, a celebration of the Indigenous origins of maple sugaring. With the support of Ontario150, both parks are featuring additional Maple150 themed events throughout the season.
Throughout the season look for special Maple150 themed events to get the most out of your maple syrup experience.
Have you ever wanted to tap a tree and learn how to make syrup at home? Come to the Sugarmaker’s Breakfast, February 25th & 26th (pre-registration required). Want to try delicious maple treats that take you beyond the pancakes and explore the Indigenous heritage of maple? Join us for A Taste of Maple, March 18th and 19th. Want to help preserve sugar maple health for future generations? Come plant a tree and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint at Maple SOS on May 6th. For art lovers, chainsaw carver, Jim Menken, will be in the Mountsberg sugar bush carving a one of a kind creation March 4 and April 1 (please note the March 25 carving demonstration has been canceled due to weather). Whichever event you choose, Maple150 experiences bring the heritage of maple sugaring to life!
The sugar bush at Mountsberg’s Maple Town has been producing maple magic for more than 150 years and educating the public for over 30 years.
The park will tap about 400 trees this spring and the watery sap will be magically transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty. How will it be served? Over piping hot pancakes in the Pancake House, of course! Maple, candy tasting, guided wagon rides and tours of the sugar bush with Conservation Halton’s knowledgeable staff round out the Maple Town experience.
Of course, a trip to Mountsberg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Raptor Centre. The birds of prey will be stretching their wings in the outdoor theatre (weather permitting) as they greet visitors during shows at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Then take a stroll on the newly updated and wheelchair friendly trail around the centre to learn more about these amazing creatures.
Mountsberg’s sugar bush has been producing maple magic for almost 150 years and educating the public for more than 30 years. Approximately 600 trees are tapped during this most Canadian of seasons and the watery sap is be magically transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty.
- See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles
- Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples
- Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors in our pavilion nestled in the woods
- Climb, jump, and run in the Play Barn
- See inspiring birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
- View bison, eagles, hawks and owls along the Wildlife Walkway
- *ALSO* Enjoy guided wagon rides through the sugar bush (additional fee applies)
- Check our event calendar for information on theme weekends to join in on additional fun activies!