Monday, March 18, 2013

So Canadian.

 We went to a maple syrup festival this weekend. Yes, I know. Sooooo Canadian. My friend, Cheryl, wanted her Australian husband to experience something classically Canadian.

Our morning started off with old-fashioned pancakes, a first for T&Q. Surprisingly, T wasn't that into her pancakes with real maple syrup. Miss Q on the other hand, hoovered a pancake that had to have been 10cm (4in) in diameter. She loved dipping the pieces in her maple syrup and then sucking it all off. We are pretty sure that her meltdown on the ride home was the crash of her sugar high.

I was most excited for the petting zoo. Upon arriving, I saw the sign that stated "hands must be kept outside of the fence." The petting zoo turned out to be more of a looking zoo. The girls didn't seem to mind. I was disappointed.

T pets Snoopy the pony
Llama, llama...
We loosely followed the rule. T was dying to pet the goat.

Maple syrup fast facts!

  • Canada produces 85% of the world's maple syrup
  • It takes 40L of sap to make just 1L of maple syrup
  • Sap is only 3% sugar when it comes from the tree but after it has been processed it is 66% sugar

We actually managed to get a rare family photo. It has been virtually impossible to get two toddlers to sit still these days. It has been unexpectedly cold in Toronto for the month of March. Perhaps the two little punks were frozen to our lap!


  1. Looks like fun. :)
    My inlaws alway request "real" maple syrup when we go down south for a visit.

    1. I always bring some when we go to the US as well!

  2. First of all I Love the family picture.
    Second. I'd like think that Miss Butterworth herself is out tappin' those trees for syrup, thank you very much. :)

  3. Which Sugar Bush did you go to? We would take the kids (class) to Kortwright every year. They do a good tour. I'm sure The Bean would enjoy himself if we took him this year, but I think the season may be over before we get to it. :(

    1. We went to Bruce's Mill. I wasn't impressed. Maybe Kortright is better?

  4. LOVE the family photo!!!
    Dona's family in NY are Maple Syrup Farmers (if that's what you call them?)
    They also travel with their own syrup :)

    1. That's fantastic! I wish I had maple syrup farmers in my family ;)