Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 3:00 pm!

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 3:00 pm!


Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Canada is the maple leaf which comes from the tree that produces…you guessed it Canada's sweet treat, maple syrup! Made by boiling maple sap down, one litre (4 cups) of this sweet syrup demands 40 litres (400 cups) of sap. Enjoyed on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream, and so many other foods, maple syrup is truly a Canadian favourite. The Province of Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup responsible for producing 70% of the world's supply! Fun fact right there!




With a population of just under 12,000, Elmira, Ontario is one of Canada’s smaller towns – and perhaps one of the most famous. Each year Elmira hosts the largest festival in the world honouring the sweet stuff and it takes more than 2000 volunteers to make it happen! As you approach Elmira (from any direction) the roads are lined with Mennonites selling homemade maple syrup, maple candies, and maple sugar. The main street is shut down completely; everyone parks on the outskirts of town and enjoys a hayride in. If all you know is table syrup, you’re in for a real treat!

Of course, with all this talk of maple syrup we just had to buy one from our local farm, Reesor's Farm Market in Stouffville, Ontario to give away to one lucky reader!


We're also couldn't help one of these sugar maple candies from jumping in to the shopping cart too! Sharing the sweet Canadian love!

Maple candy

Maple syrup, maple candy, loonie and toonie oh my! For an opportunity to win this hour's prizes be sure to leave a comment below by July 7th and we will randomly select one lucky winner this hour to win them! After leaving your comment here we hope you'll take a moment to visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@sctmagazine) and leave a comment there as well for THREE chances to win! We'll be compiling all the comments each hour!

Let's talk Canada's blooms and music next hour!


Fun Fact: Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.


2017-07-01T15:00:00-04:00July 1st, 2017|Canada150|


  1. Tara July 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Mmmmn maple goodness! Thanks for a chance to win!

  2. Jen Naus July 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    MMMM, pancakes, waffles, donuts and maple syrup! Oh wait, don’t forget Maple Kisses!

  3. Diana Martinez July 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I have been very fortunate to try both, the syrup and the candy. Mt daughter visited Ontario and Quebec in her sophomore year to practice french and brought me some. Truly a divine marriage between nature and man.

  4. CatherineC July 1, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I introduced an East Indian lady to maple syrup. Her on,y question: what else could she do with it other than pancakes. It was a huge hit 🙂

  5. Marg Gutland July 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Elmira festival is great day out

  6. Lynn Gauthier July 1, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Yup, I remember helping to make a ton of syrup when I was a child. I had to stay away from the boiling syrup tho’ so I wouldn’t get burned.
    Thanks for all the great memories!
    Happy Birthday Canada!

  7. auntie em July 1, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Mmmm….real maple syrup. There is no comparison when it comes to the real stuff. It is awesome poured on oatmeal in the morning. Use toast or homemade bread to sop some up off a puddle on your plate. Brush it on a piece of fried salmon for a real treat for supper time.
    Making me very hungry just thinking about it.
    Thanks for sharing! 😀

  8. super stick chick July 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    We love maple everything here! We once tap our tree, oh my boiling down the sap is a big process!

  9. Beth Anne Thomas July 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    When we were in Alberta, maple syrup was a treat. Now that we’re in Ontario, it’s a necessity!

  10. Kara July 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Love maple syrup and not just on my pancakes.

  11. Kristen Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    One of my favourite maple treats is when they pour the warm syrup over snow and then you put a popsicle stick in it to make a taffy type treat on a stick

  12. Sara Thomas July 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Since my mom and dad lived in Onslow County, North Carolina, they were invited to Canada years ago to celebrate the Centennial of Quyon, Onslow, and they brought me some syrup and maple leaf candy. Oh my, were they ever good!! Happy Birthday, Canada!

  13. Amy Cooley July 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I always love trying local treats. These look yummy!

  14. Karen Carvell July 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Sweet prize! There is nothing better than Canadian made Maple Syrup and candies! Oh except maybe winning some!

  15. Pat M July 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Spring wouldn’t be Spring without a visit to a maple bush

  16. Karen T. July 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Love, love, love maple syrup, so delicious! I am enjoying your Canada 150 celebration so much! I”m also learning lots of little fun facts and tidbits – had no idea about the donuts – wowzers!

  17. Janice July 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Need to get myself to Elmira!

  18. Jess S. July 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve been to several maple syrup festivals, but never the one in Elmira. Maybe next year. I LOVE maple syrup, especially when it’s laid on snow and hardened into a sucker. Thanks for all the cool Canada facts. I’m learning a couple things about my country. 🙂

  19. lisa808 July 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Who doesn’t love maple syrup?!?!? Sundays, holidays, and birthdays are pancake days.

  20. Barb macaskill July 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Maple syrup and Maple candies are a sure way to my heart melt! I can’t remember the last time I had either of these sweet treats and would be crying with utter joy if I was to see that this was on its way to me! I might share just a little of it but it would be hoarded like the true liquid gold that it is! Yummy! TFS!

  21. Amber M. July 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love anything maple flavoured … drooling at the thought of all the delicious foods enhanced by maple! Would love to win this hour’ prize – thanks, eh?!!!

  22. Janet MacKay July 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Yummy maple syrup. I love just about maple anything.

  23. Dee Brown July 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    We sent our exchange student back home to Switzerland with a few cans of maple syrup. After they enjoyed eating it they contacted us asking how they could make some maple syrup ?.
    Love, love, love maple syrup

  24. Judy July 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Yummy! Nothing better than Canadian maple syrup. On everything :o)

  25. Sheryll Matheson July 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm


  26. missgailly July 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    What a sweet prize!

  27. Jo-ann July 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Maple syrup would go well in home made baked beans and bacon! yum.

  28. Patricia Steer July 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Maple syrup is so Canadian. My children and now my grandchild loved to visit the maple sugar bush and watch it being collected and eat pancakes with the syrup.

  29. Amy Morris July 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I love all things Maple!! I love cookies, donuts, syrup, candy and everything Maple you can think of!!

  30. Diane W July 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Producing maple syrup is HARD WORK but ohhhhh so worth it. And maple syrup produced in different areas has a bit of a different flavour…my preference being syrup produced in the Eastern Townships of Quebec….ummmm…simply the best!

  31. Karen Lingel July 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Ooh, and those maple syrup hard candies — the ones they sell for 30 cents apiece at the register of all the gift shops. The ones that are more addictive than crack. Those are soooo good. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  32. BevB July 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Oh yes, our Maple syrup is the BEST and it is great just how many different things we can pour it on; pancakes, ice cream. ham, snow….
    LOL Canada offers us so much and we should be proud of everything. Happy Canada Day.

  33. Margaret July 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Mmmmm… love maple syrup! Thanks for the chance to win some!

  34. Sue LD July 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Love using maple syrup!

  35. Jacqueline July 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Canada Day from Saskatchewan ??!

  36. debra July 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    what’s not to love about Maple syrup!?

  37. Carla Hundley July 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Loving all the info
    on Canada! This prize
    pack would be delish!
    Carla from Utah

  38. bette July 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Maple syrup, maple leaf, Happy birthday, Canadian Geese!

  39. Teresa Medeiros July 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Mmm…breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and it’s no wonder when we have the world’s best maple syrup to go with it! What a wonderful prize you’re giving away this hour. Love it!

  40. Kim Innis July 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Love maple candy! Still remember it from a trip to Canada as a child with my family.

  41. Martine M. July 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Love the maple syrup on pancakes but the best is a slice of white bread (homemaid, if possible), a little bit of 35% cream over it and pure maple butter on top… OMG!

  42. Linda Smith July 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Love maple syrup!! Thanks for a great day!!

  43. Roxanne July 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    How AWESOME!!! Thank you for the opportunity!

  44. Ana July 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Sweet maple-ly goodness!

  45. Michele Washburn July 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Mmmmm! Doughnuts and maple syrup! Yummy!

  46. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Love the maple sugar candies.

  47. Jody Ward July 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Maple syrup boiling down, steam rising–yummy!

  48. Pam Sohan July 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOO really maple syrup!! And anytime some one mentions maple candy, I remember the friends episode when Chandler and Ross drive up to Vermont and stop at every maple candy place along the way and Ross is uber hyper by the time they get there. LOL

  49. gisele July 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    maple cream my fav in the spring, and we have sugar camps only 20 minutes away!!

  50. Betty-Kay Murray July 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Yum!! Nothing comes close to the real maple goodness! Tastes like Canada.

  51. Cyndi B July 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Wouldn’t that be cool if someone outside of Canada won these prizes!

  52. Colleen Flathers July 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I have had Maple Sugar Candy and it is delicious, but have never tried real maple syrup. Sounds yummy

  53. Shelley K July 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Love maple syrup…
    Thanks for the sweet prize..?

  54. Dee Hamoen July 1, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Life is not complete without maple syrup.

  55. colleen July 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Now that I have had Maple Syrup I will go without rather than put imitation on my pancakes.

  56. JoAnn H July 1, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    What a sweet prize!

  57. Katie July 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Mmm Mmmm maple syrup and donuts <3

  58. Kristine Davidson July 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    my grandfather owned a sugar shack and made his own maple butter, maple cones, bricks of maple sugar, (yum!) and it was a blast visiting every March /April while growing up!

  59. saxonr July 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Maple yummmmm…..

  60. Amy Hanschen July 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I bring home your maple syrup every time I’m there for Crop and Create! I think my family is addicted…and maybe that’s why they like for me to keep going!!

  61. Bonnie July 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I love maple syrup! Thank goodness for Canada.

  62. Jeanette Y July 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    thanks for the chance to win some great prices! happy Canada Day!

  63. Marjorie Pinne July 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Oh yum! Real maple syrup and maple candies what yummy treats! Would love to go to that maple festival in Elmira, Canada.

  64. Nadine July 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I also love “sugar pie” made from Maple Syrup. A special treat that my French relatives make.

  65. Miriam Prantner July 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    We love all things maple! A family favorite are the maple cream sandwich cookies.

  66. Linda Tupper July 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I love maple syrup! So enjo5y082ing your Canada Celebration.

  67. SusanDR July 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Maple syrup and especially maple candy are the best!

  68. Michele V July 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Everything goes with Maple Syrup!!!
    Happy 150th Canada – thank you SCT!

  69. Tona July 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Ooh, this is such a sweet giveaway!

  70. Roz Kelly July 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Such a “SWEET” prize package! Love it!

  71. Marlene F. July 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Don’t you love maple syrup. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  72. Tammy Lever July 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    We really do have the best maple syrup and I love taking some down to my friends in the USA whenever I go to visit! They think it is the best too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. Cecile B July 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    This a great “Canadian” prize package!

  74. Janet Sisk July 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome giveaways this hour! I sure would LOVE to win some REAL maple syrup and the maple candy. What a treat! 😀

  75. Elizabeth Simpson July 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I love, love, love maple syrup. What a great prize!!!

  76. DinT July 2, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Love all the posts each hour!

  77. Denise Bryant July 2, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Real maple syrup…. the best!

  78. Paige Stirling Fox July 2, 2017 at 8:50 am

    For Canada Day breakfast, I served maple sausages and homemade blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Can never get too much of it!

  79. Marcia scantlin July 2, 2017 at 8:56 am


  80. Shannon G July 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Maple syrup for the win!! I love pouring it over natural Greek yogurt – the best!!

  81. Jessica July 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Love maple syrup, those goodies look delicious!

  82. Jurist Tran July 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Maple syrup we Canadians love! I put some on my coffee, ice cream, and in my baking! It’s a Canadian flavour and we r soo lucky to produce a sap that is ours! Happy Bday Canada! #love maple syrup # SCT giveaways #proud to be Canadian

  83. Mary-Anne V. July 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Love maple syrup.

  84. Tara Hodge July 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Maple candy is my guilty pleasure ?

  85. Tara Watts July 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Love maple syrup! A staple in my home!

  86. Anna Ekman July 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I have tasted maple syrup a couple of times, great on the pancakes

  87. Lynn W July 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Maple syrup and maple cream fudge – how delicious and just so Canadian ??

  88. Christi L Steinbeck July 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    YUM!!!!! what a delicious prize for this hour~ How fantastic would this be??? THank you for the chance .

  89. Kelly Malacko July 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Yum!! Thanks!

  90. Sandy Ross July 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Yummmmmmm…..maple syrup. When I was a child, my Dad & I would go from farmer to farmer tasting all of their newest maple syrup before my Dad would decide on which one to buy from….such a wonderful treat to this day!!!

  91. Karen Horne July 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    My maple loving hubby would sure love to win this!

  92. Sherry Stanley July 2, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Can’t get enough maple products , love the flavour.

  93. Sandy Clinton July 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Maple syrup is sooooo good!

  94. Sandy Carveth July 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Some of my husbands favorite memories are of maple syrup tapping in Ontario. We live maple syrup!

  95. Alison C July 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I love maple syrup and waffles! The little indents in the waffles hold the syrup perfectly. Thanks for the chance to win some maple syrup made in Canada!

  96. LC July 3, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Maple flavoured anything, yum! They say that maple syrup has a host of health benefits too. More reasons to indulge!

  97. Manda July 3, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I’m in Sydney but we love maple syrup no less than if we were Canadian! Yum!

  98. Arianna Barbara July 3, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Yummyyyyy!!! I love Maple syrup!!!

  99. Elizabeth July 3, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Mmmm…maple syrup! Thanks SCT for all the fun facts and chance to win some goodies!

  100. Mary Holshouser July 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Maple leaf candy should be delicious.
    I don’t think I’ve ever had real maple
    syrup. Would love to try it.
    thanks for sharing.

  101. Heather H. July 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Mmmmm, yummmmmm!!! Maple syrup!!! Nothing beats Canadian maple syrup!!

  102. heather Wehrli July 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Maple Syrup and pancakes – real Canadian – thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  103. Crafty Violet July 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I will only buy real maple syrup that was made in Canada….no artificial syrup for us thanks. My son-in-law likes to tap a few trees they own and he boils down the syrup to make some candy for them.

  104. Shelley July 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Yum, nothing beats having authentic maple syrup to put on yogurt, pancakes, waffles, and anything else.

  105. Cindy P. July 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!! These hourly posts are a super creative way to honour our fabulous country and learn some fun facts. Thanks for the chance to win these sweet prizes. I love maple syrup!

  106. Mel H July 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Nothing better than warm maple syrup on waffles!

  107. Kirsty Vittetoe July 4, 2017 at 2:14 am

    I love maple cookies, maple syrup, maple everything!

  108. Dawn Skene July 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love maple syrup and maple candy!

  109. Gramma Dee July 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Mmmmm… doughnuts…. Mmmmm… Maple syrup…

  110. Theresa R. July 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I love Canadian maple syrup! I had no idea “that” much of the worlds maple syrup is produced in Canada. Fun fact!

  111. Claudia July 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I love everything maple ….

  112. Sue Moody July 4, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Yummy maple syrup. Happy Canada Day ??

  113. Janet Storey July 5, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I love only maple syrup on my pancakes and occasionally I buy maple butter to have on toast or English muffins.Yummy!

  114. Misty Murphy July 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Maple syrup and doughnuts? I’m so moving to Canada! 😉

  115. Carey Nusbaum July 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Murphy’s my lips for MAPLE candy! Yummy! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  116. Linda F July 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    There is very little true maple syrup in Australia, lots of maple flavoured golden syrup. I did try the real thing in Canada as well as the lollies as hubby has a real sweet tooth. I think we (aussies) might be catching up with doughnuts – every time I look around another doughnut shop has popped up.

  117. Alma Dirpaul July 5, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    You’re right this giveaway is sweet!!

  118. Heather Arsenault July 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I grew up having real maple syrup and it’s spoiled me. I don’t eat pancakes or waffles in restaurants because they don’t offer it. The other stuff is just yuck!

  119. Gwen McCaffrey July 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Love maple syrup!!!!

  120. Sandy K. July 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

    What’s not to love about our maple syrup. Not only good on pancakes and waffles but is an excellent glaze on salmon. Makes me hungry just thinking about it. LOL!

  121. Karen Rushton July 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    SUch a sweet post. 🙂

  122. Tara McCarthy July 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I love visiting Elmira, such a quaint little town. Although I have never been there for the maple festival, sounds like fun. We get our maple syrup bu the jugfull, kids can’t live without it 😉

  123. Maureen E July 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Maple syrup, maple candy, loonie and toonie oh my! I agree. Happy Canada Day!

  124. Kelly Karges July 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Mmmm, love maple syrup!

  125. Lorelei B July 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Love me some maple syrup!! Yummy!!

  126. Kelly Tulk July 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Maple is the best flavour!

  127. Jeanie L July 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Hahaha, the fun fact about Canada having the most doughnut shops per capita made me laugh… and then think twice about my doughnut consumption!

  128. Beatrice Lawson July 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I could put maple syrup on pretty much any food…

  129. Nina Chow July 7, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Love maple syrup on waffles, pancakes and French toast. thx for the chance to win.

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