Maple Madness, one of the most popular local annual events, starts up Saturday, March 9 at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.
The event will run through the March Break – March 9 to 17 – as well as the weekends of March 23 & 24 and March 30 & 31, with the sugar bush open each day from 9am to 4pm.
Special activities for visitors include a tractor-drawn wagon into the sugar bush to watch how early settlers made maple syrup and how it’s done today. There will also be tree tapping demonstrations, self-guided Sugar Bush Tours, First Nations Display, the annual Conservation Foundation bake sale, and ‘Old Tyme Sugar Bush Chores’.
New for 2019 are puppet shows for the kids as well as face painting, which will take place each Sunday throughout Maple Madness.
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The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) says it’s also bringing back its photo contest by popular demand.
According to a release, “there will be ‘frames’ set up throughout the sugar bush. Take some fun, family photos in some of the frames, and post them to social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #MapleMadness and be eligible for maple-oriented prizes as well as a CRCA annual pass.”
The CRCA is asking visitors to help reduce waste by bringing their own reusable plate, cutlery or mug if you’re planning on having pancakes or a hot drink. Anyone bringing those items with them will be entered into a draw for a CRCA Annual Pass, valued at $85.
Admission to Maple Madness is $15 per vehicle. The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is located on Division Street just two km north of Highway 401.