Taylor P.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Regional Heritage Fair

Maple Syrup: Canada's Sweet Treat

Is there anything more Canadian than maple syrup? My video explores the history of maple syrup from its beginnings to present day, including an interview with a maple syrup producer from Saskatchewan.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that I learned about my topic would have to be the process of making maple syrup. Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup! That's a lot of sap! This is the reason it takes so much effort and determination to be a maple syrup producer.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned about the importance of the First Nations people and their role in teaching the settlers how to make Canada's sweet treat - maple syrup. I also learned that to be a producer of maple syrup you have to be willing to work hard and put your best effort in. Can you believe that with hard work and determination you can even produce maple syrup here in Saskatchewan?

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

It is much easier today to get maple syrup...I just go to the store! The First Nations had to make a gash in the tree to collect the sap. Now, producers drill holes into the trees and use tubing systems to collect the sap. The technology and machines have made maple syrup production much easier and more efficient.