It’s sweet, it’s sticky, and it’s quintessentially Canadian. Ever wonder how maple syrup is made?

Last month, a few of our international and exchange students had the chance to find out at London’s very own Sugar Bush.

While not as famous as Quebec, Southwestern Ontario is home to multiple woodlots who, every spring, begin the process of tapping the sweet sap of maple trees to make sugar. Once the weather begins to warm up after the winter between -5 degrees Celsius at night to +5 degrees in the day, the farmers begin drilling small holes or tapping into the trees to extract the sweet, watery sap.

They attach a spigot to draw out the sap and collect it into large tanks. They then boil it and process the sap to produce maple syrup! All this happens in a short two weeks to make 80% of the year’s syrup harvest.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us, we are happy to share an awesome video of our recent trip to the Kinsmen Sugar Bush, created by our IESC Volunteer Videographer Syeed Hasan- Thanks Syeed!!

Have a great weekend everyone!