As part of the Outdoor Education class at Portage Elora, residents tapped fourteen maples on the centre’s grounds. They learned the mechanics of how the sap flows and were responsible for collecting the sap every day – sometimes several times a day as the mild weather this March was particularly favourable to the project. Once boiled, the residents managed to create one full litre of fresh maple syrup, which is pretty impressive considering that the ratio of sap to syrup is 40 to 1. The residents also learned – by accident – what happens when the sap is overboiled… they made maple taffy together with that batch!
Portage Beaconsfield residents also celebrated the maple season by heading to Sucrerie de la montagne, a cabane à sucre in Rigaud, during their March break. They enjoyed a full meal, a sleigh ride, and maple candy on snow. With traditional Québec music playing in the background, many residents danced and some even learned to play the spoons.