Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival 2020

April 4-5, 2020

Prices (Cash)

  • Bus Tours: Kids under 5 are Free, 5-16 are $ 2.00, adults are $ 3.00
  • Pancake Breakfast at the Legion is $ 7.00 per adult, $ 4.00 per kid.
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides are $ 3.00 per person. You can ride all day.
  • Pancake and Pizza Eating Contests are $ 5.00 per person.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!

I would like to start off by offering my congratulations to the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival, as they celebrate 25 years in our community.

This event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the organizing committee and many volunteers. Thank you for all that you do.

As a long-time resident of Sunderland, it has been my pleasure to participate in and watch the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival continue to thrive each year.

The Festival provides visitors with many engaging, family friendly opportunities including: experiencing modern maple syrup production, visits to local farming operations, art shows, bathtub races, lawn tractor pulling, delicious food, vendors and so much more! How wonderful it is to see neighbours, family and friends – old and new, gathering together in support of this amazing community event, creating sweet memories.

On behalf of the Council and residents of the Corporation of the Township of Brock, we invite you to explore the Township of Brock and enjoy your time at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.


Debbie Bath-Hadden
Township of Brock


Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival – A Sweet Tradition 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Now in its 25th year, this well-loved event attracts visitors from Toronto, Durham Region and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area – and even beyond! This is a great opportunity to discover the many things that make Sunderland special while celebrating the time-honoured Canadian tradition of making maple syrup.

Our maple syrup farmers are proud to carry on producing the “liquid gold” that has been enjoyed since the 17th and 18th centuries. Back then, sap from maple trees was boiled down in iron and copper kettles. What a difference a century or two makes! Nowadays, modern processing makes the job much more efficient. You can find out just how much processing has changed by taking a tour of Harlaine Maple Products. Hop on a bus and travel to their sugar shack, where you will see a native and pioneer display, as well as the current production methods Paul and Betty Anne Harder use for their sweet creations.

Oh, and those buses will also take visitors to Salem Alpacas farm and a local dairy farm. Bus tickets will be available at Sunderland Public School, where you can take in the annual Arts & Crafts show and sale that regular festival goers look forward to. The school is also a stop for the horse-and-wagon rides that are always such a hit with families. From the school, you can ride to the arena, where pony rides at the park will offer equine fun for the little ones. Right next to the Arena, the Sunderland Historical Museum will be open. Plus, both days, there will be a fine art show and vendors in the Masonic Hall and downstairs in the Town Hall. And this year on Saturday and Sunday, the Festival will feature TWO ZOOS: Zoo-to-You indoors at the Arena, and an Outdoor Petting Zoo on River Street.

Through out the weekend, First Nation Culture Tour will feature a tipi, powwow performances, story telling, drum lessons and a craft table.

On Saturday, you can attend a Stoker Biomass Heating demonstration at Northern Metalworks, just up the road from the school. Did you know that the new furnaces allow the use of grains, corn, pellets and other wood products for heating? Find out how. Also on Saturday, the festival offers bathtub races and a pizza-eating contest! If you get tired on Saturday, Grace Baptist Church and St. Andrew’s United Church will be open for a meet-and-greet so you can rest your feet, have a coffee and a chat before you continue your Festival adventure.

On Sunday, the 4-H Ontario’s lawn tractor pull demonstration will take place. If you have never seen one of these tractor pulls, you’re in for a real treat! On both Saturday and Sunday, the Legion will be the site of pancake breakfasts from morning to early afternoon. Shoppers, take note! On both days, River Street will also be lined with vendors selling everything from syrup to toys, hand-crafted items, clothing and other great finds. Plus, Sunderland’s local shops are taking part in sponsoring many of the events.

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar to bring the kids, the grandparents, and even the dog! The people of Sunderland are excited to greet you and create sweet new memories.

Listen to our radio ad on New Country Radio, March 31 – April 3, 2020

Listen to our radio ad on 105.5 Hits FM in Uxbridge, April 1-7, 2019

Schedule 2020

Saturday March TBD

First Tapping Ceremony

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pinedale Maples – Scott & Lori Baptie
12925 Sideroad 18, Sunderland
Sideroad 18 between Regional Road 13 and Brock Concession Road 4 (just north of Pinedale Church)

Saturday April 4, 2020

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 2:00 pm Northern Stoker Biomass Heating demo at Northern Metalworks, 4 Thompson Road

Town Hall Upstairs

  • 9:45 Opening Ceremonies
  • Sunderland Community Choir
  • Read, Move and Groove with Brock Libraries

First Nation Culture Tour

  • Tipi – Outdoors
  • 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm Powwow performances – Outdoors
  • 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm Story Telling – Town Hall
  • 2 pm Drum Lessons – Town Hall
  • 9 am – 4 pm Craft Table – Town Hall

Sunderland Public School

River Street/Albert Street

ALL DAY Saturday Ongoing Events

  • Pancake Breakfast at the Legion 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Outdoor Vendors Market on Main St/River St
  • Fine Art Show/Vendors downstairs at the Town Hall and in the Masonic Hall
  • Horse & Wagon Rides – boarding at the park or the school – sponsored by Value Propane
  • Pony rides at the Park – Charlie’s Pride Ponies
  • S&G Jail Cell at Pilgrims garden centre – raise money for The Durham Elder Abuse Network.
  • Kobbler Jay – Busker
  • Region of Durham Paramedic Services
  • Zoo to You Animals upstairs at the Arena 11 am – 3 pm
  • Outdoor Petting Zoo/Sundance Meadows – River Street 10 am – 3 pm
  • Grace Baptist Church – Open House 11-2
  • St. Andrews United Church – Escape Room Mystery & Warming Centre 10-4
  • Durham Farm Connections Agricultural Display – Arena
  • Sunderland Historical Museum Open
  • Sunderland Legion Line Dancers on River Street

Sunday April 5, 2020

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Town Hall Upstairs

First Nation Culture Tour

  • Tipi – Outdoors
  • 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm Powwow performances – Outdoors
  • 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm Story Telling – Town Hall
  • 1 pm Drum Lessons – Town Hall
  • 9 am – 3 pm Craft Table – Town Hall

Sunderland Public School

River Street/Albert Street

ALL DAY Sunday Ongoing Events

All times are approximate. Events are subject to change without notice.

Maps 2020

Event Map and Guide

This map is handed out with the schedule printed out on the back at the festival. Click on the map to see this year’s guide.

Sunderland Maple Festival Guide 2020

Road Closures

Printable SMSF Map for Road closures 2020

Sunderland Map

Local Accommodations

  • Port Perry Bed & Breakfast Association
  • Lavender Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Sunderland
  • Grant House Bed & Breakfast, Beaverton
    705-426-1296 Toll Free Number, 1-800-361-7847
  • The Haven Bed and Breakfast, Beaverton
  • Simcoe Solstice B&B, Beaverton
  • Cobblestones, Pefferlaw
  • Heritage House, Myrtle Station
  • A Suite Place, Port Perry