It’s a sure sign of spring – maple sugar season in New Brunswick! Maple sugar camps are generally open to the public from mid-March to mid-April. Pickle Planet Moncton has a handy guide to some of the most family-friendly camps in Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe, and New Brunswick in general. Please remember: most camps are cash only! (Updated March 2019.)
Did you know that the City of Moncton runs its own sugar bush? It’s the first Canadian municipality to do so, as part of the City’s forest management program. The City offers guided tours at 11am and 2pm on the weekends; the camp is open daily to the public 11am to 4pm, depending on conditions. Call the City at 383-6700 to make arrangements for a group visit.
Renton Brothers Family Sugarbush is a great spot to visit, filled with family history (it’s a 5th generation tradition!) – and check out their social media for some great videos and photos behind-the-scenes. They’re open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am-4pm, at 1270 Gorge Rd in Moncton.
Trites Maples offers free guided tours, all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes, wood-fire baked beans in maple syrup, sausages maple syrup, camp coffee, tea or juice, and all-you-can-eat taffy. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 2:30pm; taffy after 9am; pancake meals are $12/adult, $7/child, and taffy is $2. The camp produces syrup, sugar, butter, and hard candy. Head for the “4th camp with the green metal roof” at the end of Maple Ridge Trail, about a 15-minute walk from where you can park at 1270 Gorge Road in Moncton. Call 506-383-5190 for more info!
Trites Family Sugar Bush is located at 1278 Gorge Road in Moncton; call 506-384-4850 for information. They offer free guided tours, all-you-can-eat pancakes and taffy, and more.
Also at 1270 Gorge Road in Moncton you’ll find the Stilesville Pancake & Pure Maple Syrup Brunch; call 506-384-0843 for details.
Riverview’s annual Maple Sugar Festival is scheduled for April 5 to 7, 2019. There are sugaring demonstrations, camp tours, and bonfires and lots of maple s’mores, pancakes, and syrup, and more!
If you’re looking for something a little farther away, why not visit La Causerie, a sugar bush camp in the Kent area, about a 40-minute drive from Moncton. Contact them for details and check out their lovely restaurant, available for bookings year-round.
Want to make a real outing of it? Head to Kings Landing Historical Settlement, outside Fredericton, for Sugar Bush weekends at the Village March 9 & 10 and March 16 & 17 for 2019. Admission is $12/family, $7/adult, and $3.50/child (five and under free); maple candy on the snow is $2/stick. The Kings Landing site is open from 9am – 4pm; there is also a breakfast available from 8:30am until 2pm; $11/regular plate, $8/small plate.
And for the true maple fanatic – plan a trip to Saint-Quentin for the Maple Capital of the Atlantic Festival! Events run from April 3 to 7, 2019. In addition to maple products, the festival also showcases lumber, sculpture, and culinary arts, with guided visits, a theatre production, and a variety of contests. Festival organizers say that maple syrup is like wine; you can taste the region from which it is produced – and of course they boast that Saint Quentin produces a vintage that is not easily rivaled!
Need a yummy recipe to go with all that fresh maple syrup you picked up? Check out these waffles – perfect for a fun family breakfast feast (or dinner – why not?!).