Tap into Nature at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

- Visitors to have a sweet time at five week long Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival -

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The sweetness of spring is flowing, and with it comes a chance for families to take part in a truly Canadian tradition at Toronto and Region Conservation's annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival. The festival will celebrate the new season with maple syrup demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, guided maple syrup walks, sap sampling, live entertainment, lots of maple syrup treats to buy at the sugar shack, and, of course, pancakes and maple syrup! The festival draws more than 50,000 visitors to come out for a taste of the sweet stuff from March 3rd - April 9th, including March Break and Easter weekend.

Visitors will learn both historical and modern methods of maple syrup production at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, and Bruce's Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville. The festival includes many activities for kids including children's music and comedy show, magic show and face painting (additional fee). Additional activities at Bruce's Mill include a petting zoo and pony rides (additional fee).

On Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m., Kortright Centre for Conservation hosts a Maple Syrup by Lamplight Dinner during Earth Hour when lamplight will be used to illuminate the evening's dinner. Guests will feast on a Maple Syrup themed dinner then participate in a hike and a bonfire. Non-alcoholic beverages are included, and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $42.95(plus taxes & service charge), RSVP to 416-667-6295 or e-mail customerservice@trca.on.ca

For additional program information please visit http://www.maplesyrupfest.ca or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/maplesyrupfest

WHAT: Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

WHEN: The Maple Syrup Festival runs from March 3rd and continues until April 9th with special March Break activities (March 12 - 16). www.maplesyrupfest.ca

Bruce's Mill:

Weekends & March Break: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Closed Monday and Tuesdays, except for March Break and Easter Monday

Kortright:

Weekends & March Break: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

COST: The cost is $9 for adults and $6.50 for kids and seniors.  Children four and under are admitted free with their family and members are free. Parking is $4 per vehicle at Kortright Conservation Centre and free at Bruce's Mill.

WHERE: Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr, Vaughan, ON
Bruce's Mill Conservation Area,  3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville, ON

About TRCA
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca or www.kortright.org

SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

For further information:

Media contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation
T: 416.661.6600 ext 5632; C: 416-358-3446 E: rcalpito@trca.on.ca


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