When spring thaw begins in Canada, the maple sap starts to run. The sap is collected from maple trees and turned into the delicious product, Maple Syrup.
We went to the *sugar bush on Sunday. Here's some photos from our outing.
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The wagon ride through the bush.
The tour included a section of the stand preserved historically, and depicted the old way of collecting the sap and turning it into maple syrup. The operation today is modern and much more efficient.
The old sap collection method
The old method of boiling down the sap with a wood fire
Modern sap collection via tubing strung from tree to tree
The tubing surrounds the perimeter of the stand of about a thousand trees
There are sap ladders at various locations to keep it flowing
The modern method of boiling down the sap, a wood fire is still used
The finished product - Maple Syrup
*Sugar bush refers to a forest stand which is exploited for maple syrup. The tree canopy is dominated by sugar maple or black maple trees. The maples are tapped for their maple sap in early spring, whenever the weather has warmed so that day-time temperatures are above freezing — 0 °C (32 °F) — while night-time temperatures remain below freezing. Typically there will be snow cover on the ground during the tapping period. The tapping period ends when the supply of maple sap ceases, as when night-time temperatures begin to be above freezing.