Maple Syrup Festival

March is Maple Month — that special time of year to taste the delicious syrup that our maple trees give us! Maple season takes place when the daytime temperatures are above freezing and then go below freezing at night, making the sap flow. And the best part is when that ooey gooey sap flows into a bottle and then lands on our table!

Essex Region Conservation Authority is celebrating Maple Month with an expanded Maple Syrup Festival running over 3 weekends at two locations with a Maple Trail connecting the two sites!

Visit the Maple Festival website for a complete schedule of events and full details of each themed weekend and be sure to stop by and say hi to our Visitor Information Specialists at both locations for information and giveaways!

Check out WindsoritDOTca for Five Must-do Maple-icious Experiences At #maplefest!

March 4 and 5 is Lumberjack Weekend: Get your flannel ready for #YQG’s first Lumber Games, a beard and moustache contest and axe throwing! Participate in the family Lumber Games, take in blacksmithing demonstrations, experience indigenous, pioneer and modern maple making and so much more!

March 11 and 12 is Tasters’ Weekend: We’re talking all things Maple this weekend! Sample baked goods, maple butter, maple sugar and many more epicurean delights. Taste syrups and learn how they’re made. PLUS a butter tart contest, winter hike, horse drawn wagon rides and more!

March 18 and 19 is Makers’ Weekend: Did you know maple making is an Indigenous innovation? Learn about its origins, how to tap your trees at home and make maple in the snow and more! An artisans’ market, Border City Barkers, and the backyard maple maker winner will be crowned.

Download the Maple Trail App and you could win!

Experience special maple-themed offerings from wineries, restaurants, shops and businesses as you travel between Maple Fest Sites John R Park Homestead and Holiday Beach Conservation Area.

Download the app below and check-in when you stop by any of the participating partners — try to stop at all of them! Each location will have special offers and delicious Maple themed treats! Check in at at least one event location and one business location for your chance to win one of three Maple-icious Prize Packages, valued at over $120!

Explore Even More Maple In #YQG

Ruscom North Shore Maple Farms – specializing in the production of maple butter and producing 100% pure maple syrup, as well as other maple-derived products.

The Walnut Grove Bed & Breakfast – offers an immersive and educational sugar bush experience with fun and deliciousness for the whole family!

BREW Microbrewery – Canada is famous for beer and maple syrup, now you can try them together with BREW’s Maple Beer, a smooth maple ale spiced with fresh ginger root.


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