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.

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Marcia Semenoff (President) 

The Island Illustrators Society was established to foster a greater interest in the art of illustration. The society exists to benefit its members and clients through shared information regarding illustrative techniques, business ethics, and standards. In order to achieve these goals, the society makes partners of practicing illustrators, students, clients, and other interested parties. 

Definition: Illustration is a piece of visual information, either drawn or photographed, which usually illustrates an accompanying text. The purpose of illustration is to enhance the ideas presented in the text, or simply, to transmit information or concepts visually. 

The Island Illustrators Society does not act as an agent, but as a venue for you to contact any one of its members. You are invited to write to us at: 


Island Illustrators Society

295 View Royal Avenue

Victoria, B.C., Canada

V9B 1B3 

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