Maple Madness Promises Family Fun For All
Kingston – For 37 years, thousands of visitors have flocked to the sugar bush and to the Outdoor Centre at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area in Kingston to take the tractor-drawn wagon ride back to the sugar bush, where they can explore the ages-old skill of turning maple sap into delicious sweet treats made from maple syrup and maple sugar as part of Maple Madness.
This year, the event will run every weekend in March, and the entirety of the March Break. So that’s March 7 & 8, 14 to 22 (March Break), 28 & 29. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day of the program, rain or shine.
Before heading back to the sugar bush, everyone is encouraged to sit in on one of the free, fun and informative puppet shows that happen in the Outdoor Centre. They take place each Saturday throughout Maple Madness and three days of the March Break week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). New for 2020 there will be face painting during March Break in the Outdoor Centre on Sundays, Tuesday and Thursday. The Not So Amateurs will be offering quality, professional face painting by donations which support a local non-profit theatre company.
Tree Tapping demonstrations also take place each weekday of March Break, as well as on each Sunday of the program. The popular First Nations display is always a highlight of Maple Madness and shows how the original inhabitants of the Cataraqui region used to process maple syrup. Led by First Nations teacher Paul Carl, these education demonstrations take place each Saturday during Maple Madness in the sugarbush.
On Saturday, March 21, the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation hosts its annual bake sale in the Outdoor Centre as part of the Maple festivities. All funds raised go to support Cataraqui Conservation’s conservation education programs.
Admission for Maple Madness is $15 per vehicle (fill your car or carpool!) This includes entry fee, parking, wagon ride and activities. Food and maple products are not included. Cash, debit or credit is accepted at the gate.
For more information on how to plan your visit check out our maple madness page at www.crca.ca/maple-madness.
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