There’s no doubt many adventures await you in Ontario’s Lake Country during winter. Groomed trails make the perfect conditions for snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing and skating. But as the days and nights get warmer, and sap starts flowing through maple trees, the sweetest trail you’ll find in Central Ontario is the one that will lead you to maple syrup producers during Tap into Maple.
Between Feb. 24 and April 13, take the self-tour through the lesser-traveled routes of Ontario’s Lake Country to working sugar shacks that offer a firsthand view of the maple syrup process, from harvesting and boiling, to enjoying.
Check out local maple syrup producers on the tour:
- Shaw’s Catering & Maple Syrup, a producer of the golden liquid for more than a hundred years in Oro-Medonte using some of the same trees!
- The FarmGate in Brechin offers wood carvings and maple soaps alongside its delicious syrup.
- Backwoods Maple Syrup, southeast of Coldwater, boasts more than 2,000 taps.
- Maple Grove Syrup, just north of Orillia, started with 50 buckets and an open fire and now has 800 – 900 taps.
Due to this extremely busy time, most of these producers are only open to the public on the weekend. So, you might as well make it a getaway! Casino Rama Resort and Best Western Plus Orillia Hotel, among others are on the Tap into Maple route, offer exceptional accommodations. You’re bound to find a maple treat or two on their restaurant menus, too.
Take in the authentic experience of making maple syrup, using centuries-old techniques during the Sweetwater Harvest Festival at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, March 28 – 29.
The Simcoe and District Ontario Maple Syrup Producers will also host its fifth annual Maple Weekend, April 4 – 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where nine local sugar houses will hold free demonstrations, samples and activities to showcase the age-old craft of maple sugaring, from tree to table.
Get all the details about Tap into Maple and then follow the route as many times and ways as you like. Enjoy tours, dining, activities and shopping. There’s something for everyone and it only happens for a limited time, once a year!
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