It is with great sadness that the committee of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, one of the biggest community fundraisers in Waterloo Region, has decided to cancel the festival following the afternoon announcement of the COVID-19 global pandemic, from the World Health Organization (WHO). After conducting a thorough risk assessment as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the committee came to the difficult but unanimous decision of cancelling the festival.

The decision made tonight ultimately it comes down to public safety. In our 56th year, this is not the time to be rolling the dice and hope that we’re doing the right thing. This is about protecting people, and family, and right now there are too many risks.

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in the heart of downtown Elmira, bringing tens of thousands of festival goers to Waterloo Region to raise funds to support the local Woolwich Community.

It is a difficult decision, but we needed to think with our heads, not our hearts. The cancellation of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival follows the cancellation of many other local events.

Our direction is now focused on new ways to support the Elmira Community and Waterloo Region this year, as we have always focused on when planning the festival.


Doug McLean
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Chair, 2020