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Sugaring Off Festival, Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Man.

April 9 Horse-drawn rides, New France era soldiers, traditional French-Canadian food, fiddling competitions and syrup-making demonstrations celebrate Canada’s maple syrup legacy. museestpierrejolys.ca

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, Elmira, Ont.

April 2 Go to the sugar bush and see the steps that go into making maple syrup, indulge in pancakes, swirl some taffy, cheer on pancake flipping contestants, visit craft booths and pick up some local syrup to take home. elmiramaplesyrup.com

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, Elmvale, Ont.

April 30 More than 30,000 visitors converge on this small town just north of Toronto for tours of the local sugar bush, pancake-eating contests, log-sawing competitions, and live music. emsf.ca

Sucrerie de la Montagne, Chemin St-Georges, Que.

February-April Bounded by 120 acres of maple trees, this farm a popular destination during the sugaring off season. Visitors enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, nosh at the bakery and feast on all-you-can-eat traditional Quebecois dishes like pea soup, baked beans, and meat pie. sucreriedelamontagne.com/

Cabane a Sucre Chez Dany, Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Year Round  Watch a maple syrup demonstration, take a walk in the woods, try some maple taffy on snow, listen to traditional music and dig into an all-you-can-eat meal including French Canadian pea soup, meat pie, salt pork, maple ham and pancakes. Yum.
cabanechezdany.com

Festival Beauceron de l’érable, Saint-Georges, Que.

April 2-3 One of the premiere maple syrup festivals in Quebec where 50,000 people gather to hear music, play sports, and sample fine cuisine featuring maple products. festivalbeaucerondelerable.com

Cabane à sucre Leclerc, Neuville, Que.

All April The Leclercs open up their family-run facilities to the public all spring long. Ride a horse-drawn wagon, practice your log-sawing skills, and try the shack’s incredible syrup. cabaneleclerc.ca/

Elmhurst Outdoors, Elmhurst, N.B

Mid-March to Mid-April Take a 45-minute tour and learn about the history of syrup making in the region. Watch the sap turn into syrup and taste delicious taffy as it is rolled on snow then tuck into pancakes at the lodge. elmhurstoutdoors.ca

 Riverview Annual Maple Sugar Festival, Riverview, N. B.

April 1-3 Visitors can start off with pancakes smothered in local syrup and then tour the sugar camps. Other treats include maple barbecue, taffy on the snow, maple cotton candy and maple-flavoured ice cream. tourismnewbrunswick.ca

A good contact would be:

Sucrerie de la Montagne
Sylvain Migneault, Director of Sales & Marketing
Pierre Faucher – Owner
Telephone: 450-451-0831
Fax: 450-451-0340
Email: info@sucreriedelamontagne.com
Besides producing maple syrup they make a maple perfume – who you have thunk!

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Maureen LittleJohn

Maureen Littlejohn is Culture Magazin’s executive editor. She is a Canadian award-winning journalist who has practiced her craft around the world including in the United States, Africa and Vietnam. Currently based in Toronto, she has a keen eye for detail and has a deep appreciation for the “East Meets West” approach of Culture Magazin. Travel is her passion and she is happy to be able to share her adventures on a regular basis with the magazine’s readers.