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Your Guide to Winter Fun at Sugar Bush

King Landing Sugar Bush

Please note, this event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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! P.S. Stop by the Lint Farm to try on some 19th-century winter clothing and warm up by the open hearth!

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!

King Landing Sugar Bush

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 a delicious pancake breakfast in support of Luxor Shriners of New Brunswick’s mission to give help and hope to kids. Kings Landing’s Sugar Bush activities will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. While the Welcome Centre does get packed pretty quickly during this event, if you do see a line, don’t worry. The admission team knows how to handle a rush. They’ll get you through as quickly as possible and while someone from your group waits in the line, the rest of you can pop into MacBeath Hall (in the Welcome Centre) to take a look at exhibits, enjoy some maple treats from The Peddler’s Market, try a free Picaroons’ sample, take some time to feed the babies, watch an educational cartoon or simply say hello to all the friends you’re bound to see.

KL sugar bush

 

4. Don’t forget your camera.

Since Kings Landing is only open for these four days during the off-season, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to snap lots of pictures. Some scenes to look forward to are maple candy on the snow, cauldrons boiling over the fire, interpreters in 19th-century winter clothing, the Sawmill surrounded by snow-covered trees, and frost-covered branches. There will be so many picture-perfect moments that you may have to come more than once to capture it all!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Bring a hearty appetite.

Enjoy a pancake breakfast each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of Luxor Shriners of New Brunswick. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, coffee, tea, and juice and is $11 for adults and $8 for children at the door. 

SugarBush - Kings Landing

6. Pick-up a Map in the Welcome Centre.

The map shows you important things like where you can see the Wabanaki Exhibit (curated in partnership with UNB’s Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre) and where you can catch a wagon ride or grab a bite to eat. All the details you’ll need to navigate your day are 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.

Sugar Bush Map

7. See Kings Landing by wagon. 

Who doesn’t love a good winter wagon ride? It’s the perfect photo op and a great way to get a unique view of Kings Landing. This year, the wagons will offer a loop on each side of the museum! The wagons will operate from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The teamsters do their best to make sure everyone gets a turn, but the health and safety of the horses will always come first!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. 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. 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

9. Get your season pass!

Get the most out of your season pass and be sure to purchase it before Sugar Bush. Kings Landing pulls out all the 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. As a bonus, you’ll be able to save 25% on admission to other New Brunswick attractions all year long.

On March 7,8,14, and 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., experience Kings Landing’s 37th  Annual Sugar Bush. The museum will have traditional encampments set up in their
19th-century landscape. See large cauldrons set up over open fires boiling sap down to maple syrup and savour a “long-lick” (a.k.a. maple candy in the snow) for $2 a stick. Wagon rides will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The King’s Head Inn, an 1850s style restaurant, will serve traditional dishes like venison stew, modern favourites like hot dogs and fries, as well as snacks, warm beverages, and Picaroons beer. The Inn will also have a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages.

Admission fees to the site are $16 per family, $8 per adult and $4 per child. Children under 5 get in for FREE. Maple candy on the snow costs $2 per stick.

For more information about this annual event and purchasing your season pass, visit www.kingslanding.nb.ca.

Note: Deals offered by Kings Landing do not apply to the pancake breakfast during Sugar Bush.