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Chignecto-Central Regional Heritage Fair
Maple Madness: A History of Maple Syrup Production in Canada
My project is all about the exciting history of maple syrup. I will teach how it's made and share some nutritious facts and tasty tips!
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I've learned is that my great-grandad tapped 25,000 trees per year while owning and managing a sugar farm. That's a lot considering Nova Scotia produces only a small percentage of Canada's maple syrup! I also learned that Quebec produces three quarters of the world's maple syrup!
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned that maple syrup is not only delicious, but is also very healthy—did you know 60mls of maple syrup contains 100% of your daily requirement of manganese? I have also have learned that Canada produces 80% of the worlds maple syrup. Did you know that maple syrup can only be made in north eastern North America?
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Making maple syrup long ago was time consuming and labour intensive. Now you can just get up and go to the store to buy maple syrup. Life was a lot harder for the historical First Nations people compared to the modern Canadian today.