PLEASE NOTE: On March 16, 2020, the Government of New Brunswick announced that all “sugar bush operations open to the public … be closed effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, until further notice” as part of measures to control the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). Many of these operations listed are still producing maple products; please use the source links to find current information from each producer.
It’s a sure sign of spring – maple sugar season in New Brunswick! Maple sugar camps are generally open to the public from mid-March to mid-April. Pickle Planet Moncton has a handy guide to some of the most family-friendly camps in Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe, and New Brunswick in general. Please remember: most camps are cash only! (Updated January 2020; some prices may be 2019 rates.)
Did you know that the City of Moncton runs its own sugar bush? It’s the first Canadian municipality to do so, as part of the City’s forest management program. The City offers guided tours at 11am and 2pm on the weekends; the camp is open daily to the public 11am to 4pm, depending on conditions. Call the City at 383-6700 to make arrangements for a group visit.
Renton Brothers Family Sugarbush is a great spot to visit, filled with family history (it’s a 5th generation tradition!) – and check out their social media for some great videos and photos behind-the-scenes. They’re open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am-4pm, at 1270 Gorge Rd in Moncton.
Trites Maples offers free guided tours, all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes, wood-fire baked beans in maple syrup, sausages maple syrup, camp coffee, tea or juice, and all-you-can-eat taffy. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 2:30pm; taffy after 9am; pancake meals are $12/adult, $7/child, and taffy is $2. The camp produces syrup, sugar, butter, and hard candy. Head for the “4th camp with the green metal roof” at the end of Maple Ridge Trail, about a 15-minute walk from where you can park at 1270 Gorge Road in Moncton. Call 506-383-5190 for more info!
Trites Family Sugar Bush is located at 1278 Gorge Road in Moncton; call 506-384-4850 for information. They offer free guided tours, all-you-can-eat pancakes and taffy, and more.
Also at 1270 Gorge Road in Moncton you’ll find the Stilesville Pancake & Pure Maple Syrup Brunch; call 506-384-0843 for details.
Riverview’s annual Maple Sugar Festival takes place in early April. There are sugaring demonstrations, camp tours, and bonfires and lots of maple s’mores, pancakes, and syrup, and more!
If you’re looking for something a little farther away, why not visit La Causerie, a sugar bush camp in the Kent area, about a 40-minute drive from Moncton. Contact them for details and check out their lovely restaurant, available for bookings year-round.
Want to make a real outing of it? Head to Kings Landing Historical Settlement, outside Fredericton, for Sugar Bush weekends at the Village March 9 & 10 and March 16 & 17 for 2019. Admission is $12/family, $7/adult, and $3.50/child (five and under free); maple candy on the snow is $2/stick. The Kings Landing site is open from 9am – 4pm; there is also a breakfast available from 8:30am until 2pm; $11/regular plate, $8/small plate.
And for the true maple fanatic – plan a trip to Saint-Quentin for the Maple Capital of the Atlantic Festival! Events run from April 3 to 7, 2019. In addition to maple products, the festival also showcases lumber, sculpture, and culinary arts, with guided visits, a theatre production, and a variety of contests. Festival organizers say that maple syrup is like wine; you can taste the region from which it is produced – and of course they boast that Saint Quentin produces a vintage that is not easily rivaled!
Need a yummy recipe to go with all that fresh maple syrup you picked up? Check out these waffles – perfect for a fun family breakfast feast (or dinner – why not?!).
MAPLE CAMPS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
We thought we’d expand the list this year and share even more awesome maple destinations with you – so we created a list with even more maple sugar camps across the province!
Elmhurst Outdoors is a great spot to enjoy a maple experience on the Kingston Peninsula.
65 Ganong Road, Erbs Cove | (506) 832-4421
Dumfries Maples is a sugar bush and pancake house, with an extended season.
7520 Route 102, Dumfries | (506) 575-8277
Little Mactaquac Maples offer tours and yummy treats on site!
61 Scotch Lake Road, Scotch Settlement | 506-363-2504
Kenneth Maple Farms is sugar bush and pancake house.
71 Kenneth Road, West Glassville
Sucrerie La Source De L’Erable is a fourth-generation family sugar shack offering tours and brunch!
265 Route 180, Des Resources Rd, Saint-Quentin | 506-235-2519
Paradis de la Petite Montagne is a fun campsite that offers a sugar bush experience in the winter.
472, Chemin de la P’tite Montagne, Saint-André (Grand-Sault) | (506) 473-6683
Sucrerie Chiasson offers two locations for brunch and tours.
1871 Rue Bellechasse, Paquetville | (506) 764-3280
244 Rue des Erables, Paquetville | (506) 764-3277
Érablière La Kabane is a family-run maple sugar camp in Grand Falls.
59 Broadway Boulevard, St-Anne, Grand Falls | (506) 426-3035
Lavoie Maple Sugar House has been operating for five generations.
346 Chemin David, Rivière-Verte | (506) 206-3929
Érablière et Ferme Soucy & Fils offers tours and lots of products.
369 Chemin des Lavoie & 693 Rue Principale, Saint-Basile, Edmunston | (506) 739-3569
Érablière de la Montagne Verte is a long-operating family affair, with sugar bush visits in season.
Sugar Bush at Chemin McCoy, Green River Region | (506) 735-5062