5 Tips to Enjoying Provincial Parks in the Spring
Spring is almost here! It’s time to get everyone outside! Checking out a Maple Sugar Bush is a great idea — but keep these tips in mind to keep everyone happy on your day out:
Despite the sun, expect it to be cold – Maple Sugar flows out of trees, and trees are in a forest and provide some shade (with or without leaves). No matter how nice it seems on your front porch, expect it to be colder when you make your visit. So:
Wear layers – It’s the best way to keep warm if it’s chilly, and it’s the best way to ensure that kids can play happily regardless of how warm or cold it is. It’s hard to predict the weather in the spring.
Plan to get muddy – When you’re out in the forest with kids — you want to say “Yes”. “Yes” you can walk in the mud puddle, “Yes” you can can explore between the trees – having the right mindset from the get go helps everyone to enjoy their day.
Wear boots and long socks – Checking out maple syrup in the spring is NOT the time to wear your new spring running shoes! It’s muddy in the forest! Not only will running shoes result in mucky shoes — it will result in cold feed! Over the years we’ve seen our fair share of visitors breaking out ankle socks and shoes at the Sugar Bush — bad idea. We’ve even seen someone wear Toms! They looked cold. Long socks go a long way to keeping you warm!
Bring snacks for afterwards – It’s a no-brainer with kids, and hopefully you’ll get a pancake snack with some delish maple syrup while you’re out, but it’s always wise to have some snacks for the ride out – being outdoors makes kids hungry!
Check Stroller Status – It’s always wise to check how accessible your destination is in the spring — muddy paths and big puddles might make navigation difficult. Call ahead!
Great places to check out a Sugar Bush this year, from Toronto:
North East: Bruce’s Mill
Happy Maple Syruping!
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