There's not much that is more Canadian than maple syrup. In fact, we love it so much that every year Canadians brave the cold to visit maple sugar bushes in the winter, which is the peak of maple syrup season here. For some people, maple syrup season may be the only thing getting them through these cold long winters. If you're one of those people I have good news for you. As of today, it's officially maple syrup season in Canada.
The maple syrup season lasts from February to April which is when maple farmers tap their trees to harvest sap. This is the best time of year because the temperatures are starting to warm up meaning the sap can flow freely through the tree trunks and out of the trees.
When it comes to maple production, Quebec is not only the top maple syrup producer in Canada but also in the world. There they make 72% of the world's maple syrup. Which is why it makes sense that they officially marked the start of the 2019 maple season there with a ceremonial tree tapping. Samuel Poulin, a member of Quebec's National Assembly, was on hand to tap a tree for the start of the season at Bois-du-Coulonge, a sugar bush in Quebec City.
The maple syrup season isn't just in Quebec though. The season kicked-off at some Ontario sugar bushes yesterday too. At Victoria Park in Kincardine syrup producers held a similar tree tapping ceremony to get their harvest ready. There, sap will be flowing by March.
Meanwhile, at John R Park Homestead in Windsor-Essex, they began their maple season on February 19 with events and maple tours running until the end of March.
The start of the season not only means that we will be seeing fresh maple syrup on the shelves soon, but sugar bushes will actually be open soon for you to visit and see the whole process first hand.
If you live in Toronto you can even enjoy a maple sugar festival that will be coming to the city in March. Sugar Shack TO will bring maple syrup-themed events and a real sugar shack for maple taffy to the waterfront on March 9.
Canada is the world's largest maple syrup producer with 72% of it coming from Quebec. Currently, around 60 countries worldwide import original Quebec maple syrup.