Are you looking for a sweet outing with your family this spring? Then look no further because below are all of the maple syrup farms, festivals, and museums in the Guelph area.
The 53rd annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is happening on April 1st. This busy festival is fun for the whole family. They have many different vendors, live music, pancake breakfasts, animals, fun kids activities, and more. As it can get quite busy I suggest baby carriers instead of strollers if possible (last year we wished we kept the stroller at home). My family had such a great time last year we are planning on going again this year.
Cost: some activities are free, others paid. Bring money to buy food, for vendor boothd and for the paid activities.
Hours: 7am to 4pm.
On April 1st there will be a United Way pancake fundraiser event at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Scottsdale Drive location). Breakfast will be a delicious meal of pancakes, sausages, fruit and a drink. You can also meet the fire chief, see a fire truck and have your face painted by Cleo the Clown.
Cost: Early bird tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for those under 10. Tickets after March 28th cost $15 for adults and $10 for those under 10. Donations of $20+ can receive a United Way tax receipt.
Hours: 9 to 11am on April 1st, 2017
Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville is once again tapping about 600 trees and holding their Maple Town event. Mountsberg's sugar bush has been producing maple syrup for close to 150 years! They organize tons of activities for families to enjoy including eating pancakes, play barn, guided wagon ride, hikes, and birds of prey shows.
Cost: free with regular gate admission, but pancakes and wagon rides are extra. Regular admission fees: adult (15-64) $7.50; senior (65 & over) $6.50; child (5-14) $5.25; child (4 & under) free.
Hours: February 25th to April 2nd on weekends, holidays and during March Break from 10am to 4pm.
Shady Grove Maple Co Farms will NOT be offering farm tours, pancake breakfasts or their Easter egg hunt this year. They have decided to focus all of their attention in producing their delicious maple syrup and related products. Visit their website to find out where you can buy their products:
If your family wants to learn more about maple syrup then you should plan the short trip to the Maple Syrup Museum in St Jacobs. You will discover how maple syrup is made and get a chance to see some interesting photos and artifacts.
Hours: 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Noon to 5:30pm Sundays.
Also in St Jacobs are the St Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours special Maple Sugar Bush Tours. Your family will enjoy the horsedrawn wagon ride to and from the market and sugar bush location. You can spend as long as you like at the sugar bush learning about maple syrup, sampling syrup, eating pancakes, at the petting zoo, and more.
Cost: Adults $19.00; Students $12.00; Children (ages 4-12) $10.00; Children (ages 3-under) are free. Prices include sugar bush activities, ride to and from the sugar bush with the horses, pancakes and HST.
Hours: Every Saturday from March 4th to April 15th, 9:00am - 3:30pm departures from St Jacobs Farmers Market. Also during March Break, Monday to Friday (March 13th - 17th). There are no Sugar Bush Tours offered on Sundays.
Westfield Heritage Village in Hamilton has an annual maple syrup festival. You can eat pancakes, go on horse drawn wagon rides, and learn about both the traditional and modern methods of maple syrup production.
Cost: $11/adult; $10/senior; $6.50/youth aged 6-17; $30/family of up to 2 adults and 2 youth.
Hours: Sundays in March, as well as the Wednesday and Thursday of March break. (March 5, 12, 15, 16, 19, 26)
Happy maple syrup season!