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Sharpen your sweet tooth as the Maple Syrup Festival returns

A popular attraction for everyone in Oshawa, the Maple Syrup Festival is a place for kids to feed their sweet tooths. (Photo supplied)

With spring approaching one may be sure of several things: birds will be singing and pancakes will be flipping at the 44th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

The festival will be held at the Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa.

Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) will be hosting the festival starting on Friday, March 8.

The dates of the festival are March 8 to 10 and March 13 to 17, as well as on the weekends of March 23 and 24, and March 30 and 31.

The festival is closed on March 11 and 12. More information and tickets are available at

Tribute Community Days are back again with half price admission on advance tickets on March 8 and March 23.

Advanced general admission tickets are available online at or at the CLOCA admin office, 100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa during business hours at a cost of $6 per person. Children two and under are free.

Only a limited number of general admission tickets will be available at Purple Woods at a cost of $7 per person (payment by debit and credit card only). General admission tickets do not include pancakes or horse-drawn wagon rides.

The festival will showcase 400 years of maple syrup history in Ontario through interpretive displays. The Heritage Hall provides a rustic indoor heated gathering place to enjoy pancakes covered in 100 per cent maple syrup. The Heritage Store will be open with maple syrup, maple treats and so much more for sale.

Free hands-on activities, such as games and crafts for the kids, will be offered.

For a $2 fee, one can enjoy fresh maple taffy on ice on the weekends, or a horse-drawn wagon ride offered daily, down by the Sugar Shack.

If the trails are too challenging, or one has physical limitations, a shuttle service for individuals is available. It is asked that staff be informed upon arrival if this service is required.

This year the birds will not be the only ones tweeting at Purple Woods, as those interested can follow the Maple Syrup Festival through Twitter @PurpleWoodsCA.

Get tweets of events, conditions and notifications about when the sap is running.

For those more comfortable with traditional communication ways, contact the conservation office at 905-579-0411, phone option three or press 0 to talk to staff.

Purple Woods Conservation Area is located on the southeast corner of Coates Road and Simcoe Street at the Oshawa/Scugog boundary.