Sweet Treats await at Island Lake’s Maple Syrup Festival

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Credit Valley Conservation

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March 8, 2018 – Tap into the sweet taste of spring at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Island Lake Conservation Area on March 16, 17 and 24. The annual festival, hosted by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), offers families a chance to explore nature, learn about maple syrup production and sample the tasty Canadian treat.

The festival features blacksmith demonstrations, sugarbush tours, taffy tasting, wagon rides, giant games and all-day pancakes. This year Island Lake Conservation Area partnered with local businesses to bring more to the festival experience. Visitors can participant in axe throwing and archery tryouts by Far Shot, discover the kids zone with Dufferin County Museum and Archives, get their face painted by Makin’ Faces or explore and create art with Artsploration, a studio on wheels.

The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival is an annual event held in partnership with CVC and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). The event is also held at three additional locations, including Terra Cotta Conservation Area in Halton Hills, Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville.

With many sites to choose from and activities for the whole family, the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival is a seasonal favorite. Visitors can discover the history, customs, production methods and even taste real maple syrup. Through the festival, CVC and TRCA help visitors understand, enjoy and appreciate nature.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online to receive unlimited general admission to all four festival locations. For event hours, schedule of events and prices, visit Tap into spring during the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival. Hours and days vary by location.


Caption: A young visitor tries tree tapping at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Island Lake Conservation Area

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


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