The sugar bush at A.W. Campbell Conservation Area provides an opportunity for visitors to step back into history. During the annual Alvinston Maple Syrup Festival, visitors can see demonstrations of native, pioneer and modern syrup production. Each year, hundreds of schoolchildren take part in the festival, held the weekend after March Break.

Wow, check out all that sap!
Wow, check out all that sap!
Native Method:

Using stone tools, Natives made gashes in sugar maple trees, and stuck a small piece of bark into the gash to act as a spout. Once the sap was collected, it was placed in a hollowed-out cooking log, where hot rocks were added to heat it. This would evaporate the water in the sap, leaving maple syrup.

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