Published February 2019
Nothing signals the coming of spring at Kings Landing quite like our Sugar Bush celebrations. A tradition for many in the region, Sugar Bush allows guests to enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast and pay homage to the centuries-old tradition of making maple syrup. Whether this will be your 36th time or your first, we hope to see you there!
Here are some things to expect when you join us for Sugar Bush:
1. Sugaring demonstration
In this 19th-century sugaring demonstration, sap boils for a long time. The sap is boiled for 24 hours twice in large cauldrons to make maple syrup. The sap boils for another 6 hours to create the sweet, gooey candy. This gets poured over the snow and wrapped on a stick to relish and enjoy. YUM!
2. A 19th-century encampment
You don’t want to miss the 19th-century encampment demonstration. See how families lived while out in the woods gathering sap. It may not be glamorous or comfortable, but it was good enough for a little while during the maple season. It’s a little off the beaten path, so look for the signs to lead the way.
3. Instagram-worthy scenes
Since Kings Landing is only open for these four days during the off-season, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to snap lots of pictures. There will be so many picture-perfect moments: horse-drawn wagons, cauldrons boiling over the fire, interpreters in 19th-century winter clothing, the Sawmill surrounded by snow-covered trees, frost-covered branches, and more. You may have to come more than once to capture it all!
4. Food, food, and more food
You likely won’t go hungry at Sugar Bush. Start the day off right with a delicious pancake breakfast. The cost is $11 for a regular plate and $8 for a small plate. Grab a delicious cup of coffee from the Axe & Plough Café, get a maple treat at the Peddler’s Market, and enjoy free Picaroon’s samples in the Welcome Centre. Head to the King’s Head Inn for traditional fare like venison stew and modern favourites like fries and a hot dog. You absolutely must try a “long-lick” for only $2. And don’t forget your loaf of Mary’s Famous Brown Bread, while supplies last!
5. Modern winter fun
Scouts Canada will be setting up a modern winter campsite and, assuming there’s lots of snow, may be able to build another quinzee (pictured below) or a snowman. Weather-permitting, you can also rent a pair of snowshoes for a chance to see more of our beautiful site. Don’t forget to hop on a wagon as well because nothing beats a horse-drawn wagon ride at the end of a long, fun-filled day.
6. A place to warm up
If you’ve had your fill of outdoor activities or just need to get warm, head to the King’s Head Inn. There will be music, food, and drinks downstairs in the pub. In the Simeon Jones Room, there will be a nice, warm fire, some children’s activities, a 19th-century wool clothing display, and lots of room to sit down for a bite to eat. Depending on the temperature outside, this may be the place to be!
P.S. - Don’t miss out on our season pass deal!
Get FREE admission to Sugar Bush* when you purchase a 2019 season pass before March 17. With a Kings Landing season pass, you can visit as many times as you’d like between June 8 and October 14, 2019 for less than the price of two visits. As a bonus, you’ll be able to save 25% on admission to other New Brunswick attractions all year long. Check time travel off your summer bucket list with a season pass to Kings Landing!
*Note: Deals offered by Kings Landing do not apply to the pancake breakfast during Sugar Bush.
Dates: March 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2019
Breakfast Prices: $11 for a regular plate / $8 for a small plate
Sugar Bush Admission: $12.00 for a family / $7.00 for an adult / $3.50 for a child / 5 and under FREE
For more information about this annual event and the season pass deal, visit kingslanding.nb.ca.