King's Landing sugar shack popular on first day of spring

The sugar shack at King's Landing Historical Settlement proved to be a popular spot the first day of spring.

Search and Rescue fundraiser and busloads of Syrian refugees filled the historical site

Cauldrons of maple sap boil as Syrian refugees watch. The fresh syrup proved popular over the weekend both as a treat in the snow. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

The sugar shack at King's Landing Historical Settlement proved to be a popular spot the first day of spring.

Maple syrup was served up for both a good cause and as a treat for Syrian refugees.

Tourists made their way to King's Landing Historical Settlement to participate in a traditional Canadian sugar bush. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
Refugees got their first taste of syrup-in-the snow while purchased syrup flowed onto pancakes as part of a major fundraiser for the York Sunbury Search and Rescue team.

"That went very well, today's been really awesome," said Sherry Johnson, kitchen worker at the King's Head Inn on the settlement. 

Syrian refugees were bused into the settlement to take in the Canadian pastime and try their first syrup-in-the-snow experience.

"They're coming in about 50 at a time, by the busload and coming in never having maple syrup like this before," said Pat Gilbert, a manager at King's Landing.  

The traditional sugar in the snow treats proved popular among tourists at King's Landing Historical Settlement this weekend. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
"So they're actually having a breakfast first and then they're going out into the village and going to have the candy and they're going to experience a Canadian sugar bush."

Gilbert says the 19th century reenactors were extremely busy throughout the day Sunday trying to keep up with both the fundraising event and the large influx of tourists. 

"Incredibly busy," said Gilbert. "But that just goes to tell how good the maple syrup is." 


  • An earlier version of this weekend indicated the maple syrup used for the pancake breakfast was made at Kings Landing on the weekend. In fact, the syrup used at the breakfast was bought by the search and rescue group.
    Mar 21, 2016 11:40 AM AT

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