With the maple syrup season in full swing, St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours is busy hosting visitors at their bush.
On their "Sugar Bush Tour", you'll travel from St. Jacobs Farmers' Market with a guide aboard a horse-drawn trolley to a real sugar bush on a Mennonite farm to learn firsthand about maple syrup production.
Upon arrival at the sugar bush, visitors can take a short walking tour and see a progression of methods used to turn watery sap from maple trees into thick sweet maple syrup: first by indigenous people, then by settlers and pioneers, and finally, those of a modern-day maple syrup producer.
You'll see how sap is collected and boiled down to syrup, have the opportunity to tap a tree, and participate in old fashion log sawing.
This tour also includes pancakes with fresh maple syrup made on site, and hot coffee or apple cider, served up by the woodstove in the bush's cosy former sugar shanty.
You can also purchase fresh maple toffee on snow and other local maple syrup products.
This family-friendly tour even has a small petting area where kids can see farm animals up close before reboarding the trolley for the return trip to Market.
"Maple Sugar Bush Tours" leave from St. Jacobs Farmers Market on Saturdays, March 3 - April 15, 2017, departing every half hour from 9 am - 3:30 pm.
For more details, visit www.stjacobshorsedrawntours.com.
Enjoy more things maple! The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is billed as the world's largest annual maple syrup festival and takes place on Saturday April 1, 2017. You can also visit the Maple Syrup Museum in St. Jacobs (open all year).