Spring is the time of year when we get excited about the changing weather, but it's also when the sap starts flowing through our country's maple trees.
Here at Next Apartment, our spring isn't complete without a visit to the Horton Tree Farm's Maple Syrup Festival in Stouffville. If you're planning a trip to the sugar bush, we have all the information you'll need.
The family-run Horton Tree Farm has been welcoming families, schools, and groups since 1963. Every spring they host a Maple Syrup Festival where they demonstrate how sap is collected and turned into delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. The festival runs every weekend from March 14th to April 12th. However, inclement weather may alter their hours, so please call the farm or check their Facebook page for updates.
When you visit the farm, you can enjoy an authentic experience as you tour the grounds, breathe in the sugar shack's sweet aroma, and savour the taste of fresh maple syrup drizzled over hot, griddle-made pancakes. You can also take a wagon ride, sample the sap and pure syrup, tour the pioneer museum, or hike through the nature trails.
This is a wonderful educational opportunity wrapped up in a fun and engaging experience. Children will learn about the traditional methods of making maple syrup and see the modern techniques used today. Be sure to give your family two to three hours at the farm so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy all of the activities. Most activities are outdoors, so remember to dress for the weather and wear boots appropriate for trekking through snow or mud.
Class trips and large groups are welcome; however, a reservation is requested to receive focused tours. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, students, and seniors. This is a cash only establishment, so you should make sure to have enough for admission and any maple products you wish to purchase.