Sugar Festival

Tap Into Your Sweet Side This Spring at the Vanier Sugar Festival!


After a resounding success last year, the Vanier Sugar Festival is back, and will take place from March 18 to 24, 2024 in Richelieu Park.

A flagship event in the Museopark’s public programming, the Vanier Sugar Festival celebrates the traditions of the sugar season, while allowing visitors to reconnect with or learn about artisanal maple syrup production in the country’s only urban sugar shack!

Visitors will be happy – and hopefully numerous – to reconnect with this 39-year-old neighborhood tradition.

Help us keep the Sugar Festival free for everyone!



The Sugar Festival is a free family and community event. To do so, the Vanier Museopark relies on many sources of funding, including fundraisers.

This year, the Museopark is offering festivalgoers to show their support to the Festival in a stylish manner:beanies featuring the Sugar Festival logo are now on sale on the Museopark’s website.

  • Two models are available, with or without pom-poms, for $40 (taxes included).
  • Profits will be used to finance the many activities of the Festival.

Get your toque now, but hurry, quantities are limited!


Monday, March 18, 2024, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
17th Annual Soup(e) Splash



In addition to being a fundraising event for the Sugar Festival, the Soup(e) Splash is also a friendly culinary competition where Ottawa’s best kitchens face off to create a soup where the main ingredient is maple syrup.

So far, Coconut Lagoon, Le St-Laurent, Fraser Café, Chef Phil Cameron Fine Dining Experience and Play food + wine, last year’s panel’s favourite, have confirmed their participation in this gastronomic fundraiser!

The members of the 17th edition of Soup(e) Splash panel are as follows:

  • The Honourable Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.
  • Claude Andréa Bonny, host, Tout Savoir (Rogers TV).
  • Fabienne Lajoie, lawyer, Emond Harnden, and member of the Vanier Museopark Board of Directors.
  • Aurélien Legué, executive chef, Carleton University.
  • Wise Atangana, musician, author, composer, performer and motivational speaker.
Many prizes to be won!
By participating in the Soup(e) Splash, you’ll have the chance to buy raffle tickets on site: 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20.
At the end of the evening, you could be one of the lucky winners of the many prizes generously donated by our major tourism partners, including:
  • A night at the Wakefield Mill;
  • Access to Amerispa;
  • Free admissions to major federal museums.

Get your spoons out!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, and Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
School Days



Schools from across the greater Ottawa area are invited to take part in several fun activities that help children discover the different sugar shack traditions through six stations, and to attend a unique musical performance.
All spots are already taken. Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Friday, March 22, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
Dinner and dance evening to the sound of old-time traditions



On the heels of the resounding success of last year’s Festival’s Soirée canadienne, Louis Racine et les Pourquoi Pas will be back at the Centre Pauline-Charron for an evening of dancing featuring traditional music and square dancing.

  • LOCATION: Centre Pauline-Charron (164 Jeanne-Mance St.)
  • Cost: $15 per person. All profits go to the Centre Pauline-Charron.
  • Menu:
    • Chicken with a maple sauce
    • Vegetables, mashed potatoes and turnip
    • Pouding chômeur
  • Get your tickets online through the Centre Pauline-Charron:

Saturday, March 23, 2024, and Sunday, March 24, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Family Days!



Join in the festivities all weekend-long, and enjoy the artisan craft of maple syrup production at its best! Activities for families and friends to enjoy together.

  • LOCATION: Richelieu Park and Vanier Sugar Shack (300 and 320 Des Pères-Blancs Ave.)


  • Maple sugar sampling in the Vanier Sugar Shack ($).
  • Free musical performances by local and up-and-coming artists throughout the day.
  • Traditional maple sugar meals served under a big top ($). Tickets will be sold at the Festival site under several small tents. Mobile payments, credit cards and cash are accepted.
  • Inflatable games, face painting for kids, and indoor activities for toddlers presented by Early ON! and HIPPY.
  • Petting zoo and pony rides with Countryside Petting Farm ($).
  • Axe throwing with LumberJaxe.
  • Artefact demonstrations by Makatew Workshops.
  • Book sale, LEGO station and coloring pages at the Vanier branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
  • Lumberjack skills competition (on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m.).



  • In collaboration with DeSerres and visual artist Max Black, collective art works will be created throughout the Festival. These involve archival photos of the Museopark that will be transformed into large size paint by numbers. Festivalgoers will be invited to leave a trace of their passage at the 2024 Sugar Festival!
  • A biergarten will be set up, where festivalgoers can sample a variety of beers by the Festival’s official brewery, Orléans Brewing Co., including their famous Maple Ale ($).
  • A selection of Starbucks coffees and hot chocolates ($).


Sunday, March 24, from 9 to 11 a.m.: 5 km race, open to everyone. Rideau-Vanier councillor Stéphanie Plante, will join in the Festival’s activities, and invite people to run or walk through the streets of Vanier and the Beechwood cemetery. Profits go to the Vanier Museopark.

Registration link:

Become a volunteer

The Sugar Festival exists because of its many volunteers. We need you – and your precious time – to make the Festival a success once again! If you’re interested and available, fill in the registration form here.


Many thanks to our partners

The Vanier Museopark wishes to point out that the organization of the 2024 Sugar Festival is made possible thanks to the generous financial contribution of its partners, and wishes to sincerely thank them:

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