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Weekend Adventurer: Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Maple Syrup has been around for centuries - first created by Native Americans from the sap of Sugar Maple trees in Eastern Canada and spread with the settlement of the rest of the country. Vancouver Island honours its French-Canadian heritage with the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable which offers markets, traditional foods, maple sugar treats, entertainment, rides and more this weekend in Beban Park in the heart of Nanaimo, British Columbia!

Visitors to the Maple Sugar Festival in Nanamio can sample many tasty treats such as Maple Toffee made on snow.Every February Nanaimo hosts the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable - a two and a half day bilingual celebration inspired by Eastern Canadian sugar shack traditions. The Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Erable is running for its 10th year in 2010.

  • Date: February 19th - 21st, 2010
  • Time: February 19th: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; February 20th - 21st: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Admission: February 19th: By Donation; February 20th - 21st: Adult: $5, Child: $3; Child (12 and Under): FREE
  • How to get there: The Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable is held in Beban Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia which is located at 2300 Bowen Road which is accessed from the Island Highway.

The Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable offers a variety of activities such as educational presentations on how to tap your own trees and how to make maple syrup, performances, hay rides and of course, delicious traditional French-Canadian food and delicious deserts!

Make sure to visit the Aboriginal House which tells the history behind Maple Syrup and explores traditional methods on how its made, hay rides, an ice sculpting demonstration on the 20th, an indoor market and don't miss the Maple Syrup toffee made on snow!

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