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Your Guide to Winter Fun at Sugar Bush

For Frederictonians, Kings Landing’s Sugar Bush has become the event that rings in spring. Since 1984, the museum has opened its doors in March to celebrate New Brunswick’s longstanding, delicious tradition of maple syrup making. Here’s your guide to join in the fun and make some memories of your own!

1. Dress for the weather.
You’ll have fun at Sugar Bush no matter the weather, but you’ve got to plan accordingly. A lot of the activities are outdoors, so if it’s cold: bundle up. If the snow is melting, be sure to dress the kids in splash pants and rubber boots.  Scouts Canada will be setting up a modern winter campsite and Kings Landing will have a 19th-century Sugar Bush encampment set up, so be sure your clothes don’t stop you from learning some winter survival skills!

SugarBush at Kings Landing

2. Bring Toonies.
For $2, you can try maple candy on-the-snow. Instead of March Break, 19th-century kids had a school break for Sugar Bush. Rather than spending a week on bouncy castles, playing video games, and having their pals over, kids spent 5 to 6 weeks camping in the woods and harvesting sap with their families.  This traditional candy was their reward. So bring a toonie, skip all the hard work, and enjoy this tasty treat!

Sugar Bush - Kings Landing

3. Get there early.
Sugar Bush is a staple spring tradition which means EVERYONE is showing up. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for York Sunbury Search & Rescue’s fundraising breakfast and the museum opens at 9:00 a.m.  Get there early and beat the line. If you do happen to see a line, don’t worry. The admission team knows how to handle a rush. They’ll get your through as quickly as possible and while you wait, you can enjoy some maple treats from The Peddler’s Market, a free Picaroon’s sample, and say hello to all the friends you’re bound to see.

SugarBush - Kings Landing

4. Eat pancakes for a good cause.
York Sunbury Search & Rescue will be serving up their 27th annual fundraising breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of Sugar Bush. Be sure to get your fill of syrupy pancakes and support a good cause!

SugarBush - Kings Landing

5. Pick-up a Map in the Welcome Centre
The map shows you important things like where you can pick-up and return snowshoes and where you can catch a sleigh ride or grab a bite to eat. All the details you’ll need to navigate your day are included on the map, so don’t skip out on this step! If you can’t be bothered to carry a piece of paper around all day, at least snap a photo of the front and back of it.

SugarBush - Kings Landing

6. See Kings Landing by sleigh
Who doesn’t love a good winter sleigh ride? It’s the perfect photo op and a great way to get a unique view of Kings Landing. The sleigh rides don’t operate all day, so be sure to check the back of your map for times. The rides are on a first-come; first-served basis, so don’t wait until you see a line to join the cue! The teamsters do their best to make sure everyone gets a turn, but it’s still a good idea to plan ahead.

SugarBush - Kings Landing

7. Break from the pack.
Yes, the programmed activities are awesome, but don’t feel tied to them! Kings Landing is a huge museum and Sugar Bush provides a unique opportunity to see it in a winter setting.  Weather-permitting, rent a pair of snowshoes for free, and get off the beaten path. If we’re in the middle of a spring melt, wear your finest wellies and plan for a long walk to take in the beautiful scenery. As a word of caution, don’t venture onto the river. It may look frozen, but looks can be deceiving in March.  

SugarBush - Kings Landing

8. Take advantage of deals
Kings Landing pulls out all stops for their summer programming. It truly is awesome! The village comes to life with farm animals, costumed characters, hands-on experiences and much more than we could possibly list. Each day during the regular season is unique, so you’ll want to visit often. If you purchase a season’s pass ! As a bonus, you’ll be able to save 25% on admission to other New Brunswick attractions all year long.

SugarBush - Kings Landing

On March 10-11 and 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., experience Kings Landing’s 35th Annual Sugar Bush. The museum will have traditional encampments set up in their 19th-century landscape. Large cauldrons will be set up over open fires to boil sap down to maple syrup and “long-licks” a.k.a. maple candy in the snow will be available for $2 a stick. Sleigh rides, wagon rides, and snowshoeing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The King’s Head Inn, an 1850s style restaurant, will be serving traditional dishes like venison stew as well as modern favourites like hot dogs and fries as well as snacks, warm beverages, and Picaroon’s traditional ales. The Inn will also have a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages. A pancake breakfast will be served each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission fees to the site are $12 per family, $7 per adult and $3.50 per child. Maple candy on the snow will be sold for $2 per stick. York Sunbury Search & Rescue’s fundraising breakfast is $11 per adult and $8 per child at the door.

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Note: Deals offered by Kings Landing, do not apply to York Sunbury Search & Rescue’s offerings during Sugar Bush.