Maple season is that time of year we all wait for – when the winter snow starts to melt (finally) and we can feast on syrup-drenched pancakes, sticky butter tarts and steaming mugs of maple-laced hot drinks and dream of warm days to come.
Muskoka, Ont., has fully embraced this time of year by creating a Maple Trail that runs throughout the maple harvest, until April 20, 2018. The highlight is a Maple Festival on April 21, on Main Street in downtown Huntsville, where you can try maple baked goods and other treats, listen to live performances, buy handcrafted items, drink maple hot and cold drinks and stuff your faces, as a family, at an all-day pancake breakfast.
While many families reserve Muskoka for summer or winter, there’s tons to do with kids here in spring. And with so many outdoors activities to try and so much nature to discover, it doesn’t all have to revolve around gorging on syrupy treats.
My daughter and I made the family resort JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka our home base–it’s an official stop on the Maple Trail and a place with a games room, heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool, and s’mores kits on demand, for toasting on a protected fire on the grounds. There’s a real cottage vibe, as kids rock in chairs by the hearth indoors, do jigsaws and play cards all over the lounge, or join their parents for trivia night, where the questions are geared as much towards little ones as adults (an example from the food round: What restaurant does Sponge Bob work at?).
We loved our Muskoka weekend away—check out the photo gallery below for our sweetest highlights.
The Maple Syrup Experience
“Maple syrup is like liquid gold,” says our guide, on a walk through the woods at the start of the Marriott’s Maple Syrup Experience. “But what IS liquid gold?” asks one little boy, as all the kids peer closer at the tapped trees.