In this part of the country, it’s a rite of passage—the annual March Break trek to the sugar bush. We’re lucky to live so close to the so-called “Maple Belt,” the swath of hardwood forest that stretches from Ontario through Quebec to the Maritimes, and across the northeastern United States.
From the time the first sap starts running in early March to the final days in mid-April, it seems every family makes a pilgrimage to the sugar bush for maple taffy, syrup poured over snow, or a stack of pancakes. Some years, we visit a farmer in the London area, but this year we headed north of the city to the Kortright Centre for Conservation with family friends.
Although the snow had melted away, it was perfect weather for “sugaring off”—warm and sunny during the day, and cold at night. And despite the mucky trails, it was great weather for an outdoor trek, too.