Yet another gift from the forest.
When you spend a day in New Brunswick’s woods, you’re rewarded in countless ways. Simple breathing space; a feeling of connection with the natural world and your companions; the sights, sounds, and smells of the wild; wildlife sightings… and when the forest is one of the maple trees? Add deliciously sweet treats to the list!
New Brunswick’s sugar camps are a naturally inspiring way to get out and learn, discover, and indulge. The delicious process of turning maple tree sap into sweet syrup was first practised in New Brunswick by First Nations peoples, and we continue the tradition today. Our sugar camps are your chance to meet the producers of New Brunswick’s maple syrup, maple sugar, maple taffy, and maple butter—and yes, try it all! Enjoy a pancake breakfast (including unlimited amounts of pure maple syrup, of course); taste maple taffy poured on the snow; take a wagon ride through the camp; and warm up by a roaring bonfire.
Of course, the other half of the fun is being guided through the maple production process. The kids will learn all about how it’s done—which trees are best, how the trees are tapped, how the sap is collected, how it’s boiled down, and so much more. During the season (late winter into spring), one tree can produce about 40 litres of sap, which converts to one litre of syrup. But when you visit a New Brunswick sugar camp the memories you’ll create are endless.
Check out the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association for more info and delicious maple syrup recipes.