THE TENTATIVE ARRIVAL OF SPRING IN ONTARIO MEANS THE MAPLE SYRUP HARVEST CAN BEGIN FOR ANOTHER YEAR!
THE SWEETEST SAP
As winter wanes, maple trees’ sap starts to flow. All month long, festivals celebrate one of Canada’s tastiest exports—maple syrup. You’ll need to head out of the downtown core to fully experience this sweet extract, but it’ll be worth the journey. Both Woodbridge’s Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville offer a full range of family-friendly activities, including maple syrup demonstrations and samples, pancake feasts and horse-drawn wagon rides. Navigate to maplesyrupfest.com for a full schedule and admission rates.
POUR IT ON
Tableside, maple syrup really shines at breakfast and brunch. In Toronto, the legendary blueberry buttermilk pancakes at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen are served with maple syrup from Lanark County in eastern Ontario. Or book a seat at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s on-site resto, Frank, where buttermilk pancakes or vanilla- and orange-infused French toast are vehicles for sweet syrup.
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT IT
Bringing home some of the elixir for yourself—or family and friends—is a must. Toronto-based company Drip produces an organic maple syrup offered in three profiles: blonde (the lightest, tapped at the beginning of the season), amber (tapped at the end of the season and richest in flavour), and copper (a happy medium). Pick up a bottle ($26 each) from Indigo. —Linda Luong