Maple Syrup, Canada’s Most Beloved Natural Product
The maple harvest (and its deliciously, sweet bounty) is synonymous with our Canadian heritage. The origins of maple syrup in Canada can be traced back to the native peoples of eastern North America. Legend has it that an Iroquois chief yanked his hatchet out of a maple tree where he had left it. The sweet sap trickled down into a birchbark bowl that was leaning against the tree, and the rest is history. The sap bucket hanging from a maple tree has become one of the most iconic and lasting images of an entire era.
Canadians look forward to the ‘liquid gold rush’ of the maple harvest every spring. We flock to our nearest sugarbush to pick up that sweet maple syrup to infuse our favourite foods with. Historically used to coat pancakes and french toast, maple syrup has expanded its uses and is now a favourite ingredient in many-a Canadian kitchens. Maple syrup can be used to sweeten your coffee, to liven up a balsamic salad dressing, to add another element to your smoky barbeque sauce, and much more!
Another amazing fact about pure maple syrup, is it is actually a healthier alternative to refined sugars. If you use sugar or sweetener in your coffee or or baking, make the switch to pure, all-natural maple syrup. Your body will thank you (and so will your tastebuds!).
If you can’t tell, we love our maple syrup in Muskoka, and we have decided to show our love for Canada’s staple product by celebrating its annual harvest with the Muskoka Maple Trail and the Muskoka Maple Festival. Get in on the sweet fun this spring in Muskoka!
Muskoka Maple Trail
March 12 – April 23, 2021
The most Canadian of culinary trails, in 2020, the Muskoka Maple Trail featured 27 stops across Muskoka that have infused locally harvested maple syrup into their culinary offerings. From maple drizzled waffles to smokey-maple ribs, maple craft beer to maple gelato, discover the incredible depth and flavour of Canada’s most beloved natural product on the Muskoka Maple Trail.
2021 Participant Info is Coming Soon!
Muskoka Maple Festival
Saturday, April 24 in Downtown Huntsville
$5 admission / adults, kids 12 and under FREE
The Muskoka Maple Festival is a family-friendly event on Main Street in downtown Huntsville, Ontario, and is the grand finale of the maple harvest season. This exciting festival will feature an all-day pancake breakfast, maple market, unique maple items and gifts, tasty treats, live music, a beer garden, street performers, interactive events and more!
Stay and Play
Coming from out of town? Book the sweetest getaway you can find with one of the Maple Trail accommodation partners. Get a great night’s sleep so you can have the most fun on your maple adventure.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
- Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf
- Deerhurst Resort
- JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa