These maple syrup experiences celebrate this sweet Canadian treat. Often seen as a harbinger of spring, the maple syrup season usually starts in late February. 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!
Discover the great places where you can savour this delicious treat in all its forms, from syrup to sticky taffy and more!
Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush:
Located in Pakenham, Ont., about a half-hour drive west of Ottawa’s downtown core, the family-run Fulton’s has 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) and gourmet maple products that include traditional sweet candies but also mustards, salsas, spices and rubs. This year’s maple season runs Feb. 13 – April 17, 2016.
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm:
Located at 2452 York’s Corners Rd. in Edwards, Ont., Stanley’s also offers a sugar bush experience on weekends complete with a sleigh ride, a pancake brunch and maple taffy on snow. Stanley’s maple season runs Feb. 27 – April 10, 2016.
Proulx Maple & Berry Farm:
Located just east of Ottawa in Cumberland, Ont., Proulx offers a sugar bush experience as well, with a sleigh ride and pancake breakfast. You can also take a short guided tour of the farm to learn how maple syrup is made! The Proulx Maple Farm season runs Feb. 28 – April 15, 2016. Reservations are recommended for a weekday visit.
North America’s only urban sugar bush is wedged into 14 acres of land in Ottawa’s Vanier neighbourhood, just 10 minutes from Parliament Hill. Here, you can learn about early French-Canadian life on the banks of the majestic Ottawa River as well as maple syrup. Tour this small museum, then enjoy a pancake breakfast and maple taffy on snow! Their annual Maple Sugar Fest runs March 26 – April 3, 2016.
Also, in early April (April 2 – 3), Ottawa’s Lanark County region hosts an official Maple Weekend in which several local sugar bushes participate.