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Mothers’ Day 2015 in Toronto and in Mississauga

The second Sunday of May is Mothers’ Day, an annual event for your mother to enjoy. Here are some ways to treat your mom on her special day, Mothers’ Day, in Toronto or Mississauga, Ontario.

"Montgomery's Inn Museum in Toronto" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Montgomery’s Inn Museum in Toronto” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

Toronto Museums for Mothers’ Day

The absolutely cheapest option among Toronto museums for Mothers’ Day in Toronto is the Scarborough Museum. They offer a pay-what-you-can entry fee. The Scarborough Museum claims that every Saturday and Sunday in May is Mothers’ Day; so if you miss May 10, 2015, just visit 1007 Brimley Road on some other weekend. This museum features a log home and a farmhouse in Thompson Memorial Park, so it’s a great spot for a walk in the spring.

Eating out is another traditional option for Mothers’ Day. But remember that every pancake house will be filled to overflowing by mothers having Sunday brunch with their families. Consider the Mothers’ Day Tea at the Gibson House museum instead. They have sittings at noon and 2:30pm for $25/person plus tax. You must make reservations for your tea and scones by calling 416-395-7432416-395-7432 . Gibson House is at 5172 Yonge St., a bit north of Mel Lastman Square. It’s easy to get there by TTC; exit the #1 Yonge subway line at the North York station and cross the first street to the north.

Speaking of tea, the Montgomery’s Inn Tea & Tour runs from 1-4pm on May 10, 2015. $10 plus tax buys afternoon tea with scones, preserves, tarts, and a tour to walk off the calories. This is “first come, first served” but you might call 416-394-8113416-394-8113 for information. Montgomery’s Inn is at 4709 Dundas St. West (just east of Islington).

Try the Mom Show for Mothers’ Day in Mississauga

Canada’s National Mom Show‘s claim to fame is that it’s a family-friendly event with a focus on celebrating motherhood while offering activities for small children. It’s a one-day event, and yes it is on Mothers’ Day, May 10, 2015. Drive your mother, or your wife and children, to the International Centre (6900 Airport Road in Mississauga); the event runs from 10am to 6pm. The site lists the performance schedule on several stages (including special activities and performances for your children). Adults may be more interested in the fashion shows, parenting and health tips, or how to make smoothies or baked goods for the family.

They only accept cash at the gate, but tickets are $20/adult, $10/child, and they offer family passes which effectively get your second child in for free.

Links to these Mothers’ Day Events in Toronto and in Mississauga

Follow these links for the Scarborough Museum; the Gibson House museum; the Montgomery’s Inn museum; and the main page for the Mom Show in Toronto.

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The Spring 2015 Green Living Show in Toronto

The annual spring Green Living Show in Toronto should sparkle in its new venue, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Learn more about sustainable living. What are the best hybrid cars and fuel-efficient automobiles to earn the Canadian Green Car Award? Other attractions include tips for living green in Toronto with eco-friendly products. If you’re a parent, learn how a Montessori school can benefit your child (and what great products are available regardless of your choice of schools). See products and learn new options for green living in Toronto.

"Spring 2015 Green Living Show at the Toronto Convention Centre" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Spring 2015 Green Living Show at the Toronto Convention Centre” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

When and Where is the 2015 Green Living Show?

The 2015 Green Living Show in Toronto runs Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Friday: noon-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.

The Toronto Convention Centre is at 255 Front St. West, just east from the CN Tower and past Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada). It’s west of Lower Simcoe, and southwest from Union Station. Take the #1 Yonge subway to Union Station, and walk through the Skywalk over the railway tracks.

Free Admission to the 2015 Toronto Green Living Show

The Green Living Show does charge admission ($15/adult, $10/senior or student, and lower for groups). So, how to get free admission to the Green Living Show?

  • Bring your under-12 children, who will get free admission no matter what other freebies you miss.
  • Pay once and get free re-admission all weekend. You’d better keep your receipt, though.
  • Bring some e-waste for recycling; Samsung and Solve for Tomorrow will cover your admission fees. What is e-waste? Most kinds of telephones (cell, home wireless or land-line); computers or keyboards; TV or some other kinds of equipment. The full list is on their admission prices page.
  • Bicycle to the show; if you’re one of the first 20 to do so each day, you get free admission. Plus they provide valet parking for your bike.
  • Show your March Metropass or PRESTO card for free personal admission. Finally, if you’re a card-carrying Live Green member, you and a guest may enter free.

Green Auto Awards on Friday Night at the Toronto Green Living Show 2015

The award for “most green auto” piques my interest the most. This set of awards will be presented on Friday, including best hybrid car (plug-in hybrids are in a different category from “conventional hybrids”). Six categories will have winners; from these will emerge the overall champion.

Did I mention that you can test-drive some electric cars, too?

Do green living events and awards for green cars, lead to more green auto sales? Do you expect these awards to influence you?

Your Chance to Win an e-Bike

(Added March 26, 2015):  Find the 680 News booth in the Convention Centre during the Green Living Show, and enter the “Win with the Green Living Show!” contest. The prizes are an an electric scooter or an e-bike from Amego.

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Find an Ontario Maple Syrup Festival near Toronto in 2015

Ontario Maple Syrup festivals are an annual tradition, celebrating a natural sweetener and a great Canadian flavour. Where can you find a maple syrup festival near Toronto in the early spring of 2015?

(Updated March 9, 2015). Toronto weather has begun to cooperate with maple syrup production! Daytime high temperatures are above freezing, while the nights plunge back below freezing. Weather forecasts predict this trend will continue for a while, so the sap should be running at these southern Ontario maple syrup festivals. (And now back to the original article…).

First, just when are they held? And just how do we get maple syrup?

"Collecting Maple Sap for Maple Syrup" image by Bobolink (Robert Taylo) under CC license
“Collecting Maple Sap for Maple Syrup” image by Bobolink (Robert Taylo) under CC license

Early Spring Temperatures Make the Sap Run for Maple Syrup

Deciduous trees store sap, a watery sugar solution, in their roots for the winter. The sap had been drained away from the leaves in the autumn. The trees then prepare to bud their spring leaves by pumping the sap back up in early spring.

A specific type of tree, the Sugar Maple, has the sweetest sap, with up to 2% sugar. (Some other varieties can be tapped, but you have to boil off more water to get similar syrup). By hammering a small tap, or metal tube, into the tree as winter begins changing to spring, some sap can be drained from the sugar maple tree. Collect the sap, “reduce” it by boiling off most of the water, and you’ve got maple syrup. Evaporate even more water to create maple sugar.

Reducing the water content concentrates both the sugar and the unique maple flavour.

See “Making Maple Syrup” for more details.

Timing the Traditional Maple Syrup Festival

Farmers depend on weather conditions for crops to ripen; the they harvest the bounty when the plants are ready. In the same way, the person working a sugar bush only taps the trees when the sap is running. The ideal conditions require several days with the high temperatures above freezing, probably 5°C (41°F) or more, but below-freezing temperatures at night. The sap might run for a few weeks, but only if the temperatures fluctuate properly.

Modern Ontario maple syrup festivals require forward planning to coordinate vendors with civic infrastructure. This can challenge the people harvesting the sap.

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Let’s start with perhaps the best-known Ontario maple syrup festival, the Elmira syrup festival. Elmira is a small town in southern Ontario, west of Toronto, Mississauga, and Guelph; and north of Kitchener-Waterloo. Frugal shoppers should find bargains for locally prepared maple syrup in Elmira (even if it does not “cut your grocery bill in half” overall). They also sell a variety of other foods to keep you happy for the day.

The 2015 Elmira maple syrup festival will be held on March 28, from 7am-4pm. Check the map in that site for detailed directions once you’re in Elmira.

"Map to Elmira Ontario" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map to Elmira Ontario” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

Three Maple Syrup Festivals near Toronto

One web site covers three festivals near Toronto: at Bruce’s Mills; the Kortwright Centre; and the Terra Cotta Centre. Admission is under $10/person, plus HST; they recommend buying tickets online. Each site offers different programs on their own schedules; but they all serve pancakes and syrup for breakfast (at an extra cost).

The Bruce’s Mills Conservation Centre‘s maple sugar festival runs from Feb. 28 until April 6, 2015 but only Wed.-Sundays. The maple syrup demonstrations are held on weekends and during March Break, from 10am – 4:30pm; but I’d phone ahead (416-661-6600) to make reservations and be sure of just what’s on tap that day.

Find Bruce’s Mills at 3291 Stouffville Road in Stouffville, just north of Toronto. I’d take Hwy 404 north, then east on road 14 (which is Stouffville Road), past Warden Ave.

The Kortwright Centre also hosts its festival from Feb. 28 through April 6, and should be open every day. Again, phone ahead (905-832-2289) to be sure of what they offer on any given day. Find 9550 Pine Valley Drive between Major Mackenzie Drive and Rutherford Road, and well west of highway 27 and Islington Ave. but east of Weston Road.

The Terra Cotta Conservation Area‘s festival is only open for March weekends, plus the week of March Break (March 16-20), plus April 3-5. They’re pretty quiet about any special programs or activities, so if the location suits you, be sure to call 1 (800) 367-0890 for their details. The Terra Cotta Conservation Area is at 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd. in Halton Hills. I might start from Acton, take Main St. (Hwy 25) NW to the Halton-Erin Road (45), turn NE and then go SE on route Winston Churchill Blvd (19).

Venture Further Afield to Bronte Creek for Maple Syrup Month

Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s web page has several sections, including the map. They don’t say much about why “March is Maple Syrup Month”, but it is open every day except Christmas.

Bronte Creek Park is south-west of Oakville; I’d take Hwy 25 north from the QEW/Hwy 403.

Buying Maple Syrup and Maple Syrup Recipes Online

If you missed out on buying Elmira maple syrup, order certified organic maple syrup from Quebec via Amazon Canada. This maple syrup product is amber grade, between the light and dark shades of maple syrup.

Who wants maple syrup recipes so you can go beyond flapjacks and syrup? Amazon Canada offers “The Maple Syrup Cookbook 2: 40 More Easy, Delicious & Healthy Maple Syrup Recipes for Breakfast Lunch & Dinner (Maple SuperFoods) [Kindle Edition]“. The one very happy reviewer said, “…Anyone who loves this syrup needs to have a copy of this book”.

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