Lanark County is famous for its maple syrup, and spring is the PERFECT time to discover the back roads of the county with a stop at a local maple sugar shack. There are many options to choose from, and below is a list of a few of my favourites!
Fulton’s Pancake House: Probably the most well-known sugar bush in Lanark County is Fulton’s. Operated for the last 170 years by 5 generations of the Fulton Family, these folks know what they are doing! They are open daily from mid February to Easter weekend, and are located at 399 Sugar Bush Road near Pakenham. (Even their address screams maple syrup!)
Today, Shirley Deugo, 4th generation Fulton, and her son Scott, continue to operate the historic Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush
The farm is approximately 400 acres of mixes forest, with more than 9 km of walking and skiing trails, they have a 120-seat restaurant with a beautiful maple shoppe and sugar camp.
www.fultons.ca Admission is FREE.
Thompson Town Maple Products: Another local family-run operation, located on scenic Clayton Lake just west of Almonte, Thompsontown has 400 acres of land, tapping more than 6,000 trees each season. Re-established in 1982 by Wayne and Ray Thompson, and their wives, on Ray’s family farm, the two families have been growing the business ever since.
The Thompson’s have plans to market more syrup at the sugar camp and have added a stage for entertainment, as well as additional parking area, outdoor displays and new nature trails. They welcome visitors daily from 10-4, where you can watch the production and taste some taffy.
www.thompsontownmaple.ca Admission is FREE.
Temple’s Sugar Bush: Located just minutes off Highway 7, between Carleton Place and Perth at 1700 Ferguson’s Falls Road, they are a family-owned restaurant and maple farm, with approximately 70 acres and 5,000 taps. The Post and Timber barn was constructed in 2007, proudly serving up pancakes and a multitude of maple products including maple cotton candy and maple popcorn. They are open Wednesday to Sunday, from March 1st to April 28, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
And for the “sweet” of heart, Temple’s Country Weddings offers a delightful wedding venue for your wedding day. Check them out at www.templessugarbush.ca. Admission is FREE.Fortune Farms: West of Almonte at 2442 Wolfgrove Road, you will find 3 generations of the Fortune Family, tapping trees and boiling sap, to provide a unique maple experience. On weekends the Shanty Men operate a small wood-fired evaporator and the Kettle Boys tend their kettles over open fire just for visitors. This allows visitors to experience the pioneer method of making syrup and taste the difference between traditional and modern syrup making methods!
They have trails through the bush to check out the farm, but don’t forget to wear good footwear. Trails are not plowed. (You can always spot the city folk in their runners and shoes!) Offering different grades of maple syrup and products, you might want to try their maple vinegar! Bet that would be amazing on a spinach salad!
www.fortunefarms.ca Admission is FREE.
Wheeler’s: Wheeler’s Sugar Bush is one of the largest maple syrup producers in Ontario, tapping more than 20,000 trees. They are a family run operation, tapping and boiling since 1978 and the pancake house officially opened in 1996. They have a pancake house, a Maple Heritage Museum featuring antique tapping equipment, a playground and a barn, where you just might see some baby animals at this time of year.
Wheeler’s is a year-round operation with nature trails making this a maple themed destination for tourists to the area.
Located at 1001 Highland Line at Watson’s Corners, don’t rely on your GPS to help you find them. Open daily during the maple season from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and they will be serving pancakes right on up to Easter Weekend. For more information: www.wheelersmaple.com Admission is FREE.
So, this is THE weekend to get out and enjoy some maple syrup as it’s also Pakenham’s 17th Annual Maple Run Tour featuring 33 unique artists at 10 different stops, throughout the area. The tour runs from 10-5 both Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th, and if you would like to find out more information check out their website at www. mapleruntour.com Sounds like a SWEET weekend ahead!