Maple Sugar Festival Nanaimo

Maple Sugar Festival NanaimoThe 8th annual Maple Sugar Festival is coming to Nanaimo's Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road, from February 20-24, 2008. That's when the park's Centennial Building becomes the Festival Sugar Shack, open from 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday, from 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. A token $2 admission is collected at the gate.

This is one of Nanaimo's most popular events, celebrating French Canadian and First Nations cultures and traditions in a happy, colourful way. Community services are highlighted in the Entrance Tent, while the Family Tent introduces First Nations arts and crafts. There are many fun activities for the kids including a horse-drawn carriage ride. The main stage in the Centennial Building will present acts like the Glengarry Celtic Dancers, Troupe de dance Les Comouillers, Violin Dingue, Terry Mack, Belzebuth, and much more. There's no extra charge for this continuous live entertainment.

Authentic country-style foods and non-alcoholic drinks are available in the Centennial Building at very reasonable prices. Try the traditional home-made Tourtiere meat pie or the maple toffee on snow. One of the best times to come is Sunday morning from 8:30 am to 10:30 am when a Lumberjack Breakfast of pancake, sausage, ham, egg in maple syrup, baked beans, and coffee or tea is served, all for $5. Ample free parking is available at Beban Park. Don't miss this one.

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