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 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.