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A Sugar Bush minutes from Parliament Hill

The weather is getting warmer, making this the perfect time to visit the Sugar Bush.

I remember long car rides out into the forest, checking buckets to see how much sap has been collected and watching boiling pots of liquid turn into maple syrup. This is one of those great Canadian experiences you don’t want to miss out on.

Living in Ottawa we have access to the Sugar Bush within an hours drive from the city. This is great and a worth while family adventure, but how about something even closer to home?

You can have a Sugar Bush experience just minutes from Parliament Hill just visit the Vanier Museopark’s Sugar Shack.

The Vanier Museopark is located just off of Montreal Road and St. Laurent right in Richelieu Park. Roughly a 10 minute drive from Parliament Hill, the Vanier Museopark is a Non-Profit organization that is trying to preserve the heritage of the Quartier Vanier and Franco-Ontarian heritage. Every year they tap 100 maple trees and continue the tradition of making maple syrup in the capital.

This past weekend we made a reservation and took a trip to Vanier. At the Sugar Shack we were greeted by some amazing volunteers and had a wonderful pancake breakfast. After breakfast we had maple taffy poured on fresh snow and wandered around checking to see how much sap they were collecting in the buckets. It was great morning and only 10 minutes from home.

 

If you are interested make a reservation on their website. The Sugar Shack holds 40 people so it can fill up quickly. Make sure you check out the Maple Sugar Festival taking place March 29 – April 3. There will be maple taffy, farm animals, sled dogs, reptiles,
inflatable structures and sleigh rides. This sounds like an amazing day and a great outing for the family. There is lots of free parking so make sure you stop by and experience the fun of the Sugar Bush in the city.

 

Vanier Museopark
300 Pères-Blancs Ave, Vanier, ON K1L 7L5