It sounds like a pretty simple process overall: drill a hole in a maple tree, stick a tap in it, hang a bucket off the tap, and wait for the watery sap to collect in the bucket (the maple sap is 96% water!). Then you take that sap and boil it down to get the syrup we all know and love. It takes about 20 litres of sap to get just 1 litre of maple syrup, which is about the yield of one Newfoundland sugar maple (the bigger mainland trees yield a bit more apparently). Any maple tree can be used, birch trees too, but we're told that the sugar maple is the best. This article was written by the people who put off the workshop and is very useful if you're looking for more information about making your own maple syrup in Newfoundland.
All in all, it couldn't have been a more Canadian Sunday if we'd tried. And we're sure this information will be of utmost importance when Luke faces his next immigration hurdles.
Here are some more pictures of our Pippy Park adventures: