Ontario Celebrates the Beginning of the Sweetest Season in Vaughan

Published on April 10, 2019

Farmers Making More than 2 Million Litres of Maple Syrup

Ontario’s Government is putting people back at the centre of everything we do, and invites families and visitors to celebrate the maple syrup harvest and the two million litres of maple syrup that are produced in the province.

There are many ways to get a taste of this Ontario treat, including taking part in local events as part of Ontario’s Maple Weekend in the first weekend of April.

Today, Michael Tibollo MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge recognized the Kortright Centre who have their Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival encouraging them to visit maple syrup operations and see, first-hand, farmers extracting the sugary sap from the trees.

“One of the joys of this time of the year is being able to taste maple syrup just as it’s being produced,” said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge. “At this time, there is plenty of fun for both adults and kids at maple harvest events all over the province, including experiencing fresh maple pops made by pouring hot maple syrup onto fresh snow for Ontario’s most delicious treat.”

“Tapping maple trees is a tradition for more than 3,000 farmers across the province who spend fall and winter preparing the trees for sap collection,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I welcome the visitors to our beautiful province who will be participating in this piece of our heritage. I invite everyone to visit a sugar house to learn about the care and passion with which our farmers produce the very finest maple syrup.”.”

In 2018, Ontario’s maple syrup production experienced growth due to a longer season — with an increase in volume of 9.4 per cent for a total of 2.1 million litres, and more than $25 million in product sales.

Agriculture is a vital and important contributor to the provincial economy. For the past nine months, this government has been hard at work, focused on the promises made to the people. Ontario will continue to support our farmers and agri-food sector by celebrating and promoting their success, improving the environment in which agri-food businesses operate, so they can create jobs and grow our economy.


QUICK FACTS

Ontario is ranked second largest producer of maple syrup in the country, with more than $25 million in product sales; Canada produces 80 per cent of the world’s maple syrup.


More than 3,000 maple farms across the province are celebrating harvest season with festivals and events across the province until late April.


Maple syrup, made from the sap of primarily sugar, red, soft and black maple trees, is a natural product with no additives and is a source of vitamins and minerals.


Warm days and freezing nights make sap flow from trees. It takes 40-45 litres of maple sap to make one litre of maple syrup.