Cape Croker Indian Park Ontario Sugar Bush Maple Syrup
Sugar Bush

Ziibaakdakaan means "sugar bush" in Ojibwe

The Chippewas of Nawash have produced maple syrup for feasting, ceremony and trade, at this exact location, for centuries.

Today, Ziibaakdakaan Maple is providing employment opportunities for community members.

We are excited to be reviving our traditions and to be sharing our heritage with you!

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Nanabush and the Maple Trees

The legend of Nanabush and the Maple Trees comes down to our Ojibwe people through oral history.

Nanabush is a cultural hero who is a teacher of humanity.

We are told that when the world was new, maple trees were filled with syrup and that the people could collect syrup easily.

This made the people in the villages lazy, so Nanabush poured water in the tops of maple trees to thin out the syrup.

Now, to make maple syrup, we must work very hard.

In this way, Nanabush teaches us to appreciate the gift of maple syrup which is given to us by the Creator.

Our Maple Syrup

Many people are discovering what our people have long known; maple syrup is very good for your health!

Maple syrup is high in minerals, lower in calories than many other sweeteners and can be used for cooking and baking.

Our production practices have changed over time, however our core values have not.

Our maple syrup is made for the benefit of our community, by our community members.

Elders and youth play a special role in maintaining and passing on our maple sugar harvesting stories and traditions.

Our forest is carefully managed by the Cape Croker Park staff. All the firewood used to produce the syrup is sustainably harvested from our own forests.

The proceeds from the sale of our maple syrup supports the operations of Cape Croker Park.

Photos from our sugar bush