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The Sweet Taste of Spring

Every year the town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Nature’s rites of Spring – the running of liquid gold – Ontario Pure Maple Syrup. The town transforms into a shoppers’ mall. With over 200 vendors offering maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales and other country treasures. Don’t miss the Sugar Shack information booth where you can get directions, as well as your copy of the Festival Directory.

All through the village, you will smell the delicious aroma of pancakes and sausages – our all day pancake breakfast, a must for all visitors. As you chow down on this delicious fare, enjoy the sweet sounds of Dusty Roads, The Mugs Band and musical talents from our many special guests.

On the Main Stage you’ll meet the Dignitaries, cheer them on during the log sawing contest and root for the firefighters while they participate in the pancake eating contest.
The whole family can visit the firefighters’ prevention booth, meet Sparky the Fire Dog and then have take in the great rides at the midway. Inside the arena treasures abound with so many arts & crafts.
Come on out to the charming village of Elmvale and experience our wonderful shops, boutiques and eateries and especially the Maple Syrup Festival.

Many of our 30,000 visitors have told us we’re One of  the Best Maple Syrup Festival in Ontario!

For 10 months we have been preparing for you. Now as the Big Day approaches the activity around town has shifted into high gear.
The Pancake House cooks are flexing their pancake flippers and firing up the griddles; the sugarshacks are bubbling and boiling with sweet,sweet syrup; and the crafters are putting on the finishing touches.
Our many hardworking volunteers are eager to start the day.

Mayor of Springwater Township
Jennifer Coughlin
Welcome to the 55th Annual
Maple Syrup Festival

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to this year’s Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival in beautiful Springwater Township.

After three long years, we are so thrilled to gather together again in celebration of nature’s sweetest treat. For more than five decades, this signature event has brought people from hear and far to experience the community, enjoy the entertainment, shop for unique gifts and taste the best maple syrup this country has to offer.

A special thank you to the many volunteers who work year-round to make this wonderful event happen – your dedication and commitment is truly inspiring. What many people aren’t aware of is that most of the money raised from this event goes right back into the community, supporting organizations and clubs throughout our Township.

On behalf of Springwater Council and staff, we thank you for supporting our community and participating in the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. We hope you enjoy your time here today and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.


Doug Rose

The idea for a maple syrup festival was first conceived at the home of school teacher,

First Festival

April 9, 1966. The proceeds from that festival amounted to $1,626.48,

Highest Ever

In 1978, the proceeds of the festival, after expenses, were just over $9600,

Received its Charter

From the Lt. Governor of Canada, and was re-named the Elmvale & District Maple Syrup Festival Association.