Big Maple Syrup
Ken Faulks

The history of collecting sap from maple trees to make maple syrup goes back to the First Nations people.  Today the practice has grown into an industry that supplies the world with the delicious syrup.  Indeed, maple syrup is so well known as a Canadian product that it has become part of the Canadian identity.

 

Maple sap is collected in early spring by drilling small holes into the trees, inserting a spile into the hole, and hanging a small bucket on the spile so the dripping sap is collected.  The sap is boiled to reduce it down to the consistency of syrup, strained, and then bottled for all to enjoy.