March 3 to April 2!

Tap into Maple hits the sweet spot!

There’s no doubt many adventures await you in Orillia & Lake Country during the 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 all things maple in the Orillia area.

Between March 3 and April 2, take the self-guided tour through lesser-traveled routes to working sugar shacks that offer a firsthand view of the maple syrup process, from harvesting and boiling to enjoying.

Meet the Producers

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Maple Producers

Enjoy locally made maple syrup with Backwoods Maple Syrup. With over 2,000 taps and growing, come visit the sugar shack, just outside of Coldwater, for tours and curbside pick up! Call to place your order.

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm

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At Elsie’s Creek Farm, Quality and Flavor are the number one concerns. Carl and his wife Rebecca started producing maple syrup in 1999 and have since expanded their operation to over 1200 taps on their farm. Enjoy self-guided tours of the sugar bush, watch the evaporator in action (weather permitting) and take home delicious maple products. No washrooms on site and no food will be served this year. Advanced bookings preferred call or text 705-737-6339

Just outside of Brechin in Ramara Township, you can find The FarmGate. At The FarmGate you can see the steam rise as Bert boils the sap for all to see. Check out their maple products!

Hewitt’s Farm Market & Bakery has maple goodies for visitors to their store in Warminster. Enjoy Hewitt’s Pure Maple Syrup, maple pecan muffins, lollipops, suckers, toffee and maple sugar, as well as maple barbecue sauces, bacon, sausages, butter, fudge and loaves.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

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Experience maple syrup being produced from tree to bottle. Enjoy self-guided walking trails, tours of the sugarshack and maple syrup and other maple sugar products available for purchase. Open daily but call ahead to see if the sugarshack is boiling! Contact them via phone, e-mail, Facebook, or Instagram.

Hours of Operation:
Daily 9am-5pm

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Maple Grove Syrup offers a roadside stand, curb-side pick-up, socially-distanced demonstrations. Book your appointment or place your order by contacting them via their website, Facebook, call or e-mail.

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McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup is a family-run farm located in picturesque Medonte, McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup has been committed to perfecting this Canadian tradition since 1972. Online orders, phone orders, and curb-side pickup available. Sugarhouse opens late March!

Hours of Operation:
March 26-27 and April 2-3 from 1pm-5pm

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Shaws Maple Syrup has been tapping their trees for over 100 years! This maple syrup hotspot offers self-guided sugarbush tours, indoor and outdoor seating for pancake meals,  maple syrup, and more.

Hours of Operation:
Open daily from 8am-4pm until April 18th

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Making syrup since 1980, Sugar Sweet Farms invites you to see the maple process, from sap to syrup, on their farm in Oro-Medonte. Open seven days a week, look for the big maple syrup sign off of Old Barrie Road! Selling maple syrup and Ontario honey – Free maple samples available!

Traditions are made with family and friends. Windlee Farms Maple Syrup is a family owned and operated business for over a quarter of a century. All of our maple syrup is hand crafted the traditional way on a wood fired evaporator, using modern food grade high efficient equipment. Our operation is ever evolving, from buckets to a modern tubing system with over 500 taps.

Hours of Operation:
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Dining with Maple

Eat and dine at Casino Rama Resort’s restaurants with maple inspired specials infused throughout each menu. Grab and go at the Cedar Express with a maple inspired beverage and pastry.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday 8am-12am, Friday/Saturday 8am-1am

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Eat and dine at Casino Rama Resort’s restaurants with maple inspired specials infused throughout each menu. Dine in for lunch or dinner with Couchiching Court Buffet’s maple menus.

Hours of Operation:
Couchiching Court Buffet: 7 days a week 12pm-9pm

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Eat and dine at Casino Rama Resort’s restaurants with maple inspired specials infused throughout each menu. Make it an evening to remember at St. Germain’s with a maple-inspired three-course menu.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm

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Eat and dine at Casino Rama Resort’s restaurants with maple inspired specials infused throughout each menu. Weirs Breakfast Restaurant features a special pancake breakfast.

Hours of Operation:
7 days a week 7am-12pm

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Enjoy a relaxing dinner at Pier One Resort’s lakeside restaurant featuring a Maple Salmon menu special made with The Farmgate’s Harrington Maple Syrup.

Hours of Operation: 

Wednesday – Thursday 12pm-8pm
Friday 12pm-10pm
Saturday 9am-10pm
Sunday 9am-8pm

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Licensed Newest Pizza + Eats destination located at Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, just off Highway 11. Visit us for a two specialty menu items featuring local maple syrup.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 11am-3pm
Wednesday 11am-7pm
Thursday – Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 3:30pm-7pm

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Visit Quayle’s Brewery and don’t miss Tap Into Maple’s featured craft brew, the Coffee Maple Porter, featuring the addition of McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup. To compliment this, we have a delicious lunch and dinner menu with local ingredients. On Sunday we host an all day brunch served with McCutcheon’s maple syrup.

Hours of Operation:
Thursdays-Saturdays 12pm-8pm
Sundays 11am-5pm

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Support Local, Shop Local

Visit Apple Annie’s Shop for a delightful selection of maple treats! Featuring store-made maple and maple walnut fudge as well as locally produced maple syrup, maple butter and maple candy. Find us downstairs through Mariposa Market.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 9:30am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

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Enjoy many sweet treats at Chelsea Chocolates! Get our special Maple truffle and buttercream along with a maple bar. Come by for in-store shopping, curbside pickup available, or visit us online at www.chelseachocolates.com during Tap Into Maple.

Visit the store featuring maple roasted almonds, peanuts, pecans, cashews. Pick up locally produced treats at the Coldwater store!

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

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Come down to the Orillia Farmers Market, Saturdays at the Orillia Public Library to pick up locally produced maple products. Featuring birch and maple syrup for sale from Pyrvalley Maple Syrup.

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays 9am-1pm

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Visit the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers Market Saturdays at ODAS Park Fairgrounds to pick up delicious maple products from vendors.

Special Tap Into Maple Market on March 26th where a pancake breakfast will be served with fresh local maple syrup. There will also be a kids craft corner as well as bakers/food producers with maple themed products. A fun outing for the family with games and activities for kids. Keep an eye on the OFFM Facebook page for what’s at the market!

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays 9am-1pm

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Celebrate a uniquely Canadian tradition in a distinctively Canadian landscape. Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage. Running March 19 & 20, March 26 & 27, and April 2 & 3.  Activities run from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Trails are open from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Visitors must purchase their tickets online, in advance. Visit Wye Marsh’s website to register.

Health & Safety Message

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding Covid-19 we strongly encourage everyone to follow healthy and safety guidelines. Information contained on this page is accurate at the time of publication and could be subject to change with the evolving Covid-19 health emergency. Please check with the operators for health and safety procedures. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive case, please stay home. For more information about  health and safety guidelines in the region please visit: simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19

Please note that all participating businesses will have health and safety protocols in place as directed by the Ontario government and local health unit.

 
 

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