The Maple Man… La Grande Coulée

We had such a special treat today…
the “Maple Man” came to perform at our school! 

It was a real coincidence in timing, because Mrs. Boekhout and Monty Moose had just come back from their very first (but very short) trip to Quebec.  (They didn’t get to see a Maple farm, but they did get to go dogsledding!  That, however, will be in ANOTHER post!)

The Maple Man, René Turmel, is a third generation “Maple Sugar” producer.  His Maple tree grove is in Sainte-Marie de Beauce, near Quebec City, Quebec but most of the year he lives in the Okanagan Valley, BC.  He travels across Canada sharing some of the traditions and history of French Canadians

Watch our video to see some of the wonderful learning from this session:


The Maple Man Video 

 Have you ever eaten “Le tire” (Maple Taffy)?
Has the Maple Man ever been to your school?

Here are some videos of us “in action” with the Maple Man!

1. It was fun learning how sticks and spoons can make rhythms and music!

Maple Man Music

2.  We also learned some fancy dance steps from a wooden puppet!

Maple Man Dancing

3. Finally, we got to see the making of “le tire” and EAT SOME! Yum!

Maple Man Taffy

Which instrument would you like to play the most…
the spoons,  the fiddle,  or  the accordian?




2 thoughts on “The Maple Man… La Grande Coulée

  1. Dear Rene… the maple man,
    Thank you SO much for writing on our Edublog! We had such a wonderful time learning about some French Canadian traditions, and of course, eating maple taffy! We hope that other schools will see our websites and invite you to their schools too!

    🙂 from Mrs. Boekhout, Classroom2Kids, and Monty Moose!

  2. Hello everyones from Nestor Elementary,
    What a wonderful day I had at your school,
    it was my pleasure to share with you my knowledge
    of making maplesyrup and the culture that go with it, Bravo for your beautiful web site ,you are doing
    a great job,
    have a wonderful year and remember,
    don’t lose contact with nature to charge your energy, the nature are waiting for you ,
    au plaisir from
    Rene the maple man

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