2021 Urban Sugaring Project Cancelled

Unfortunately,  due to the ongoing Provincial Restrictions on gatherings, we are cancelling the Urban Sugaring Project for this year.  We hope to see you in 2022.

Don’t give up on make your own maple syrup!  The Tool Library does have a selection of tools for tapping trees including drill bits, a propane boiler, and tools for bottling your own syrup.  We are also adding some metal buckets and spigots for you to borrow for the season to tap your own trees.  Follow us on Twitter for updates on when to tap your trees and tips for making and enjoying your maple syrup.

John Dennis
Urban Sugaring Project Coordinator

Questions and Answers about the Project

Q – What is the minimum size to tap a tree?
A – A maple tree should be at least 12 inches in diameter before tapping it. Larger trees can support multiple taps. For example, trees 21-27 inches in diameter can support 2 taps and trees greater than 27 inches in diameter can support 3 taps.

Q – Can I tap the trees in the park?
A – No, please remember that you can only tap your trees or trees that you have permission to tap.

Q – Do you only accept sap from Sugar Maple trees?
A – No, we will take the sap from any type of maple tree. You can get great syrup from a Silver or a Norway Maple, it just takes a bit more boiling.

About the Urban Sugaring Project

Launched in 2015, the Urban Sugaring Project allows maple tree owners to work together to produce syrup. Participants rent a kit (a bucket, tree tap, and instructions) for $10 (with a $10 deposit) and return the collected sap to a central location. The sap is pooled and boiled down by volunteers to syrup and redistributed back to the participants. Participants receive a share of the finished syrup based on how much sap they contributed. Every participant received a minimum amount of 250 ml to a maximum of 1 litre of syrup per tap.

To learn more about the project, please contact us at syrup@guelphtoollibrary.org