It’s the sweetest time of the year, and the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) is inviting visitors to join them April 6 and 7 in celebrating the 5th annual Maple Weekend event and a new season of maple syrup production in the region.
Since its introduction in 2015, Maple Weekend has become a popular spring excursion for visitors to celebrate the sweetness of the season, while getting a first-hand-view of maple syrup production. Visitors to Maple Weekend come from Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston, and beyond, eager to experience the maple season and sample the sweet treats and outdoor adventure at local sugar bushes.
In Lanark & District, maple syrup producers are excited at the opportunity to treat visitors to a full day of maple-inspired interactive fun.
“We’ve had a very long winter leading up to the 2019 maple syrup season, and we’re looking forward to the coming of spring and the launch of another season producing maple syrup,” LDMSPA President, Harold Walker, explained.
Maple Weekend is ideal for everyone from families with young children, to teenagers, couples, and seniors. Walker explained that visitors can take home what they would like from the event, whether it’s a chance to learn more about how maple syrup is made, or a chance to experience a fun day with their family.
“Maple Weekend is a family-friendly spring outing, and the perfect time for visitors to learn more about Canada’s maple heritage, sample maple taffy, and have fun at a local sugarbush,” Walker said, “Whether you’re watching sap being gathered, or boiled over an open fire, watching maple syrup being made is always interesting.”
In 2019, Lanark & District maple syrup producers are celebrating the 5th year for Maple Weekend on April 6 and 7. In 2017, the event was nominated as a provincial tourism event of the year, and each year in Ontario more than 15,000 visitors flock to local sugarbushes to celebrate the sweetest time of the year.
Activities vary depending on location, however they typically include pancake breakfasts, trail adventures, wagon rides, sugar-making demonstrations and taffy on snow.
In Lanark & District, 15 producers will be participating in Maple Weekend in 2019, at sugarbushes located in Almonte, Pakenham, Frankville, Lanark, Sharbot Lake, Athens, Crosby, Mallorytown, Clayton, Perth, and McDonald’s Corners. Participating producers include:
Conboy Maple (Sharbot Lake)
Coutts Country Flavours (Perth)
Fortune Farms (Almonte)
Fulton’s Pancake Houses and Sugar Bush (Pakenham)
Jameswood Maple (Lanark)
Gibbons Family Farm Maple Sugar House (Frankville)
Golden Moment Farm (Athens)
Leggett’s Sugarbush (Crosby)
Oliver’s Mapleworks (Perth)
Oso Sweet Maple Farm (Sharbot Lake)
Quabbin Hill Farm (Mallorytown)
Springdale Maple Farm (Clayton)
Temple’s Sugarbush (Lanark)
Thompsontown Maple Products (Clayton)
Wheelers Pancake House & Sugarcamp (McDonald’s Corners)
For even more maple experiences, visitors are invited to attend Lanark & District’s annual tapping out party on March 9, 2019 at Golden Moment Farm, in Athens. The tapping out party will kickstart the maple syrup season with a traditional tapping of the first maple tree of the year at 11 a.m. by local MPP, Steve Clark. This fun, family-friendly event will include maple syrup and candy demonstrations, taffy on snow, trail walking, wagon rides, samples, and more. A full list of Maple Weekend participants from the Lanark & District region is available on the website www.mapleweekend.ca, along with specials on offer at each location. An interactive map makes it easy to find a participating sugarbush across the province.