A Spring Day In The Sugarbush

I am thankful for spending a gorgeous day out in the sugar bush, helping to collect maple sap and watching how it is boiled down into maple syrup in the sugar shack.

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Steam coming out of the sugar shack’s roof as maple sap is boiled down.

It takes a lot of work – 40 l of sap only make one liter of maple syrup!

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Lots of wood standing by for heating and boiling the sap.

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Sugar maple trees get tapped in the spring. Overnight temperatures need to be freezing while the daytime temperatures have to come above 0C in order for the sap to flow.

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A tapped sugar maple.

Our family is lucky to be invited most years to help out in a friend’s sugar bush – which really isn’t any work at all when you also get to roast hot dogs and marshmallows on a fire and simply enjoy spring sneaking in and soaking up the sunshine.

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A sap collector hard at work.
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A sap collection bucket.

The sugar shack is such an awesome spot to spend time outdoors. Inside it is warm and steamy while the sap is being boiled down, which is a time consuming process. A good place to warm up and sample some fresh maple syrup!

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The sugar shack.

And finally, we not only get to take home the smell of smoke in our snowsuits, jackets and hair – such a fun reminder of a day spent outdoors – we get to have pancakes with maple syrup that we helped harvest the next day.

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A most delicious, special treat!

Hopefully this was a fun, visual storytelling about our trip to the sugar bush!

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