Tapping a Maple tree for the first time

I have a very faint childhood memory of going on a school field trip to some kind of outdoor conservation area and watching Maple trees being tapped.  My classmates and I then took part in making Maple Taffy.

You probably had a similar experience growing up, but how many of us have had the chance to do such things as an adult?  Well, I did, this week as part of my 52 in 52 project!

I was invited to help tap some Maple trees at the Vanier Sugar Shack on Thursday morning; #2 on my list of things I’ve never, ever done before!!

Most people don’t know that there’s a working sugar shack right in the middle of Ottawa!  In fact, you could be within a block of the place and still not know it’s there!!

Just drive to Vanier Museopark, park your vehicle, look for the Sugar Shack sign, walk along the path through the woods and you’ll be there!

The Vanier Museopark’s Sugar Shack, which sits within a 17.5 acres forest in the middle of the Nation’s Capital, is one of the few active urban sugar shacks in the world. Each year a team of volunteers, directed by Marc Madore, transforms the sap from it’s hundreds of maple trees into 400 to 600 L of syrup.

You can stop by the Vanier Sugar Shack and have a meal during the sugar season (February-April)

  • Open without reservation on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am until 2pm
  • With reservation from Tuesday to Friday (15 people minimum)
  • Closed on Mondays

Information: info@museoparc.ca or 613 842 9871 ext. 1

The Vanier Sugar Shack will also be holding their annual Sugar Festival April 2nd through 7th, 2019.  It includes…

  • The Soup Splash competition.
  • A pancakes and sausage breakfast.
  • Brunch.
  • Lumberjack competition.
  • Other shows and activities.

Details can be found at https://museoparc.ca/sugar-festival/

Keep an eye out for where and what I’ll be doing for my next 52 in 52 activity!

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