Sweet Syrup Maple madness is first hint of spring
Ottawa’s maple syrup season usually starts in late February, when ideal temperatures of +5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) during the day and -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) during the night start the sap running through the trees. It takes 40 litres of sap to reduce down (by boiling) to one litre of maple syrup. It’s definitely worth the wait!
Family-run businesses such as Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush have branched out beyond simple maple breakfasts and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods. Check out their new maple-themed spa products (from scrubs to lotions—even a men’s line) and gourmet maple products that include traditional sweet candies but also mustards, salsas, spices and rubs. This year’s season runs February 16-April 21.
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm also offers a fun maple experience on the eastern edge of the city, weekends from February 23 to April 7.
And North America’s only urban sugarbush is wedged into 14 acres of land in Ottawa’s Vanier neighbourhood, just 10 minutes from Parliament Hill. Their annual Maple Sugar Fest runs March 17-24.
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