After a long, hard winter, Canadians crave spring like desert plants crave a long drink of water. We look to groundhogs, robins and crocuses desperately hoping to predict when spring will arrive. 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 two marvellous maple syrup festivals.
Starting, Saturday, March 1 until Sunday, April 6 (weekends, March Break and holidays) Mountsberg Conservation Area is pleased to welcome visitors to the working sugar bush at Maple Town and Crawford Lake Conservation Area presents Sweet Water Season.
Regular park admission fees apply and the festivities are free for children age 4 years and under; Halton Parks members only need to show their pass for admission. Best of all, you can visit two parks for the price of one, as admission to one park may be used at any other Conservation Halton park (except Glen Eden) when visiting the same day. For more information on all Conservation Halton recreational activities and special events visit the events calendar.
Flap Jack Olympics at Mountsberg on Sunday, March 2
The Olympics have returned to Mountsberg again this year. The Flap Jack Olympics that is, the only competition where having fun is the gold medal achievement. The Flap Jack Olympics will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join other syrup-time athletes and compete in these traditional or maybe not so traditional sugar bush events. There is something for kids of all ages and their families. Prizes will be awarded for exceptional performances.
Did you know it takes 40 litres of maple sap to make 1 delicious litre of maple syrup? Or that the Sugar Maple has the sweetest sap of any maple tree? If you didn’t, our team at Mountsberg Conservation Area can help enhance your maple knowledge. The sugar bush at Mountsberg’s Maple Town has been producing maple magic for more than 150 years and educating the public for more than 30 years.
Over 600 trees will be tapped 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 horse drawn wagon rides and tours of the sugar bush with Conservation Halton Forestry staff round out the maple experience.
Spring has come calling in the rest of the park as well. In the Cameron Barnyard, kids will love to meet our baby sheep and goats before a romp in the Play Barn. In the Mountsberg Raptor Centre the birds of prey will be stretching their wings in the outdoor theatre (weather permitting) as they greet visitors during shows at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sweet Water Season
The skill of maple sugar making was learned from Ontario’s First Nations who had been enjoying the tasty treat for generations before European contact. A trip to Crawford Lake will help you step back in time to learn how maple sugar would have been made in an Iroquoian Village over 600 years ago. Sweetwater demonstrations occur throughout the day and conclude with a tasty morsel of cornbread soaked in maple syrup. Maple taffy on snow will also be available from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (weekends and March Break).