Thursday, March 17, 2022
The air is warming up, the sun is out and we just saw some geese fly overhead. Yup, it’s high season at your local maple syrup operation, aka sugar shack. Visit one of many Ottawa Valley and Outaouais maple syrup experiences to wander the trails, learn about traditional maple syrup operations, sample the sweet stuff, and do some shopping. Just google Sugar Shack Ottawa or Cabaine à Sucre Outaouais
Maple Fest at Ferm Proulx Farm in Cumberland offers wagon rides, fire pits with s’mores kits, taffy on the snow, tours of the maple syrup operation, play structures for the kids, and pancake breakfasts to enjoy on site or to make at home. Admission costs $12.09 + HST per person including one drink and one dessert, or $6.59 + HST per person for admission only. Children under three years old can visit for free.
The Log Farm collects the maple sap the old fashioned way, in buckets which are hand collected. Visitors - and kids in particular - are welcome to help collect the sap. The Log Farm also offers access to the animals in the farm yard, hay structures for the kids, and a pioneer farmhouse with self-guided tours. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $11.99 per person over the age of one year old. 670 Cedarview Road in Nepean
Fultons Sugar Camp has packed their shop with their own maple products as well as gifts and goodies from around Ontario. Take a walk on the trails on this 400 acre site and watch the sap flowing through the intricate tubing running from tree to tree to production facility. Then take a sleigh ride or sit by the outdoor fire. Admission costs $10 per car.
At Ferme Patry you can sample the fresh maple syrup, walk the trails and even buy your own sap collecting equipment to start your own production. Open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm of the sugaring off season, admission is free and reservations are not needed. 579 Pierre-Laporte road, L'Ange-Gardien.
Hintonburg Public House is celebrating Saint Patricks Day today by donating $2 from every draft beer and cider sold today to Parkdale Food Centre. If you’re heading down remember that proof of vaccination is required on Thursdays at HPH. 1020 Wellington St. West.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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