In another sad sign that much of 2021 is likely going to mirror 2020, Westfield Heritage Village has just announced that its beloved annual Maple Syrup Festival and all related activities have been cancelled for 2021.
The not-so-sweet decision was made, naturally, due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the safety of large gatherings; even in an outdoor space.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamilton Conservation Authority will not be providing any maple syrup activities this year at Westfield Heritage Village. https://t.co/zMrq1E3t32 pic.twitter.com/k2exNNhsg4
— Hamilton CA (@Hamilton_CA) March 1, 2021
“In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and after reviewing the current provincial restrictions with the City of Hamilton’s Emergency Operating Center (EOC), the Hamilton Conservation Authority will not be providing any maple syrup activities this year at Westfield Heritage Village,” reads a statement from Westfield Heritage Village.
“Hamilton Conservation Authority and Westfield Heritage Village feel that this is in the best interest of the public, staff and volunteers.”
Though it’s sad that this annual tradition won’t be going ahead as planned this year, locals can still luckily take in the scenery and walking trails that Westfield Heritage Village has to offer; though, no buildings at the village are open at this time.
The cancellation comes shortly after the plug was pulled on another Hamilton Conservation Authority-based event: the annual Antique Show at Christie Lake Conservation Area, which regularly draws massive crowds of people to browse through antique, collectible, and vintage finds.
Here’s hoping all of these events will get to return full-force in 2022!
Read the full release on the Westfield Heritage Village website.
Lead image courtesy of @westfieldheritage