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The St. Lawrence Lowland: Natural Resources Student Centre

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Here are some Web sites to help you with your research.

Web Activity

Maple Syrup: The Thousand Year-Old Recipe


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Minerals and Metals

Asbestos is an important mineral in the St. Lawrence Lowland. This site will help you find out more about asbestos and other minerals in the region. Click on the mineral from the list to get a description and picture. There are also links to other sources of information about minerals in Canada.

Maple Syrup

Maple trees, maple syrup, maple sugar-these are important resources in the St. Lawrence Lowland. This site looks at the1000-Year-Old recipe for one of Canada's most famous products. You can learn about the traditional way of making maple syrup used by Aboriginal peoples. There are good descriptions and pictures as well.

Web Activity

Maple Syrup: The Thousand-Year-Old Recipe


Using this Web site from the Collections of the Museum of Civilization, complete this worksheet to learn about the age-old recipe for making maple syrup.


Read the information and answer the following questions. Click here to download a worksheet on which to record your answers.


  1. Define the term recipe .
  2. Why is this called the "Thousand-Year-Old Recipe"?
  3. What two trees produce the best sap for making maple syrup?
  4. Why do other maple trees not produce good sap?
  5. What two main products come from sap?
  6. What did Europeans use as a sweetener before maple syrup?
  7. Explain the following terms:

    maple moon month

    sugaring off period

    sweet water

  8. Why is maple syrup an expensive product?
  9. Complete a chart to compare First Nations, early European, and present-day methods of collecting, carrying, and boiling sap to make maple syrup.


Web Site Evaluation


When you have finished your work, evaluate the Web site by completing the appropriate statements in parts A and B.


Part A

•  I liked this Web site because.

•  I did not like this Web site because.


Part B

•  I found this Web site easy to use because.

•  I found this Web site hard to use because.