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Maple madness: Ottawa’s sugar shacks and fun for the whole family

Maple madness: Ottawa’s sugar shacks and fun for the whole family

As winter's chill gives way to the warmth of spring, this is the time to indulge in one of Canada's sweetest traditions: maple syrup production.


Ottawa and surrounding regions have an array of maple farms where visitors can witness the magic of maple syrup making firsthand. From traditional sugar shacks to modern maple operations, here are six must-visit maple farms in and around Ottawa.


  1. Proulx Maple & Berry Farm: At Proulx Maple & Berry Farm in Cumberland, maple syrup season is a cause for celebration. Join in the festivities with horse-drawn wagon rides through the sugar bush, interactive maple syrup demonstrations and a visit to the farm's pancake house. Be sure to explore the farm's other attractions, including its berry fields and petting zoo.

  2. Vanier Sugar Shack: This is the only urban sugar shack in the area (and billed as the only one in North America!) and a real treat in the city. It’s located on 17.5 acres in Richelieu Park, next to Beechwood Cemetery in Vanier. It offers meals, a sugar festival, a museum of the area and more. While it is open for the season, check the site for times and availability.


  1. The Log Farm: Step back in time at The Log Farm in Nepean, where visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of a working farmstead. Explore the farm's historic buildings, take a leisurely stroll through the maple grove, and learn about traditional syrup-making techniques passed down through generations. Be sure to stop by the farm's market for a selection of maple products to take home as souvenirs.

  1. Fortune Farms: Nestled in the heart of the Ottawa Valley in Almonte, Fortune Farms invites visitors to experience the magic of maple syrup production. Take a guided tour of the sugar bush, learn about their syrup-making methods, and indulge in a delightful pancake breakfast served with freshly tapped syrup.


  1. Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm: At Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm in Edwards, springtime means maple madness. Wander through the farm's serene maple grove, learn about the syrup-making process during informative demonstrations, and treat yourself to a mouthwatering maple-inspired meal at the rustic log cabin restaurant.


  1. Fulton's Sugar Bush & Maple Shop: In the picturesque town of Pakenham, Fulton's Sugar Bush & Maple Shop offers the ultimate maple experience. Visitors can take guided tours of the sugar bush, indulge in a hearty pancake breakfast drizzled with fresh maple syrup and browse the farm's charming gift shop for maple-infused treats to take home.


As you head on your maple farm adventure in Ottawa and its surroundings, be sure to pack essentials such as comfortable footwear for exploring the sugar bush, layers for unpredictable spring weather, a camera to capture memories, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and, most importantly, bring along a hearty appetite to indulge in all things maple — from syrup-drenched pancakes to delectable treats from the gift shop. With these items in hand, you're ready for a sweet and memorable experience in Ottawa's maple country.

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