Greater Toronto Area - Quintessential Canada:  A Visit to the Sugarbush!

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Quintessential Canada: A Visit to the Sugarbush!

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(49 reviews)
Purple Woods Conservation Area, Oak Ridges Moraine, Greater Toronto Area, Canada
45 mins

About the tour

Do you know how maple syrup is made and where it comes from? Join me for a truly Canadian experience and the tradition of making maple syrup in a typical Ontario sugarbush during the month of March. Staff at Central Lake Ontario Conservation will walk us through the history and process of producing maple syrup on their 42-acre sugarbush, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Here they will show us how they take the sweet watery sap from the sugar maple tree and turn it into maple syrup, boiling it to perfection over a wood-stoked fire. This will be a private tour during the COVID-19 lockdown, as most Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario have been cancelled again this year. Production of maple syrup, however, is full steam ahead, so we will bring you the 2021 maple syrup experience virtually. We’ll learn about the art of tapping maple trees over the past 400 years, the tools of the trade and how this iconic Canadian delicacy continues to be a spring tradition. Like thousands of Canadians that visit the sugarbushes in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, this is your invitation to see why we love it so much. Maple syrup production only lasts a short time during the month of March here in Canada, so don’t miss out, and enjoy the breath taking views and a spring walk through a forest that has been here for more than two centuries.

Meet neil


Neil is new to guiding, but was bitten by the travel bug early in life and has had travel fever ever since. He grew up in Southern Ontario and knows it well, but he has also explored most corners of Canada’s provinces and territories and six out of seven continents. He especially loves getting off the beaten path and discovering the unusual. Neil genuinely enjoys sharing the special places and events that make Southern Ontario and Canada such fantastic places to live or visit. As a photographer, Neil gets most inspired when travelling and uses his photographer’s eye to highlight the beauty of Southern Ontario, Canada for Heygo Voyagers. Skating and cycling tours may even be in the mix. Travel transforms us, especially international travel. We learn and grow, we gain empathy and tolerance. We develop a greater appreciation for the new and the old, and we reap new insights into ourselves, others we meet, and the world. Let’s explore together!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Greater Toronto Area with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Greater Toronto Area. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Mandeep M.

28 March 2021

Was great, just not for my kinders. Maybe more for the older kids.

Dawn L.

27 March 2021

Very nice tour very enjoyable thank s

Bianka J.

27 March 2021

great tour! excellent guide :)

Arshnee G.

26 March 2021

Hello NEIL, This was a great idea! We were very excited about this program! However due to technical difficulties we were unable to access the virtual tour! hopefully we can reschedule this again! Thank you Arshnee Govender E. B. Phin.

Krystle F.

26 March 2021

The tour was fantastic! Really engaging and informative! Can’t wait to go on another trip with Neil!

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