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Weekend Adventurer: Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival

Nothing says Spring like the taste of Maple Syrup when Canadians flock to the thawing Sugar Maples and tap them to coax out the sugary sap harboured in the roots of the trees. An age old tradition started by Native Americans, the sap is cooked until the water is evaporated and only the syrup remains in a wide range of concentrations. This weekend is the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival in Duncan on Vancouver Island hosting local Maple Syrup producers, delicious food, entertainment and more to celebrate the coming of Spring and the bounty of the Sugar Maple.

At the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival visitors can learn how syrup is made, taste it and explore the BC Forest Discovery CentreMaple Syrup is one of the most recognizable symbols of Canada. Syphoned from Sugar Maple Tree, the sap is boiled until less water remains and the sap turns to syrup and if boiled enough can be made into maple candy.

Sap is tapped from Sugar Maple trees into large buckets and then boiled down to make Maple Syrup

  • Date: February 6, 2010
  • Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: $5 (Includes musical entertainment, a train ride and a taste of local Maple Syrup)
  • How to get there: The BC Forest Discovery Centre is located at 2892 Drinkwater Road in Duncan on Vancouver Island and is forty minutes away from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo.

    Maple Syrup is a popular topping for pancakes.

The Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, British Columbia is a celebration of the spring season and local Vancouver Island Maple Syrup producers.

At the Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival visitors can learn about tapping trees and how sap is slowly cooked to make syrup as well as other interesting information. Visitors can taste the warm syrup from the Evaporator and enjoy tasty dishes cooked on site using local syrup. Enjoy musical entertainment and take a ride on the Discovery Centre's heritage train (10:30am to 3:30pm every half hour). A Maple Syrup Competition will also be held on site judged by local celebrity chefs.

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