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Ontario’s Tastiest Maple Syrup – As Chosen by You!

There’s no better time to celebrate an Ontario staple – delicious maple syrup! Small towns and villages across Ontario host annual Maple Syrup Festivals and are the perfect way to celebrate Spring. We asked you to share your favourite places to find maple syrup, and here’s what you told us:

St. Joseph‘s Island – Algoma, Ontario
Submitted by Marc C.

If St. Joseph’s rolling countryside, sandy beaches and historic buildings weren’t enough, it’s also Marc’s pick for the best maple syrup in Ontario. As he told us, it’s “Northern Ontario’s sweet gift to the world.”

Fanshawe Sugar Shack – London, Ontario
Submitted by Adventures with Bruce

Head down to London, Ontario and check out the guided tours, demonstrations and displays at the Fanshawe Sugar Shack. And of course, leave time to sample maple syrup and other maple products!

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Photo by rooney1979

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
Submitted by Maria Y.

Over 30 years strong, this festival celebrates maple syrup on a grand scale. With over 500, 000 pancakes served, the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival brings people from across the province to celebrate sign of spring!

Lanark County, Ontario
Submitted by Stacey G.

“Lanark County (Perth) – it is the Maple Syrup Capital of Canada – and they have signs that say so :D”

Marketing Maple

Photo by rbd466

Woodstock, Ontario
Submitted by Brenda H.

Celebrate locally produced maple syrup with a visit to Jakemans! You’ll find a rich maple syrup making tradition here. The Jakemans have been making maple syrup since 1876.

Photo by craparu

Sandy Flat Sugar Bush – Warkworth, Ontario
Submitted by Rebekah L.

For delicious syrup and pancakes, the Annual Maple Syrup Festival at Sandy Flat Sugar Bush is a family favourite over March Break. Take a tour and compare old methods of maple syrup making to new!

Sandy Flats Sugar Bush

Photo by Roberriffic

St. Jacob’s, Ontario
Submitted by Tina T.

The maple syrup season starts early in St. Jacobs. As Tina says, “We went on a sleigh ride in St. Jacobs on family day and their trees were already tapped and sap coming down the tubes. Kids thought it was cool and so did I!”

White Meadows Farm, Niagara Escarpment
Submitted by Tony L.

Want to get some exercise after a delicious hot pancake breakfast? In addition to their Pancake House, White Meadows Farm also features a Barnyard Skating Rink and a tobaggon hill!

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – The Heart of Ontario
Submitted by Stephanie D.

The list was endless for Stephanie D. who suggested Bronte Creek, Conservation Halton, Crawford Lake Conservation Area and more. As she put it, “You could spend a week in my backyard and never run out of maple tastes and experiences for everyone”.

Boiling down maple syrup

Photo by JamieK2007

With so many delicious spots to enjoy Maple Syrup, this list is just the beginning! Where is your favourite sugar shack or maple syrup festival in Ontario?

4 replies on “Ontario’s Tastiest Maple Syrup – As Chosen by You!”

I would recommend Wheelers Maple Products; pancake house and sugar camp. They are one of the largest producers of maple syrup in Ontario and offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family. They have a beautiful log pancake house made from reclaimed cedar logs where they serve pancakes made from scratch and home made maple sausages. They also offer a maple heritage museum. which showcases the world’s most extensive collection of maple artefacts, a old style operational blacksmith shop, and a chainsaw and logging display which includes over 400 antique chainsaws on display. On site is one of three Parks Canada plaques recognizing Maple Products as a Culturally Significant Heritage Event in Canada. (the other two are in Quebec). They also offer a small barnyard with some farm animals, a kids play area and a zip line. There are trails throughout their 730 acre property for cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter, hiking, mountain biking and guided nature walks in the summer and horse drawn wagon/ sleigh rides during syrup season. They are open to the public every day of the year except Christmas, and are located at 1001 Highland Line, in Lanark County.

Camp Can-Aqua on Beaver Lake, next to Paudash Lake near Cardiff, Ontario makes wonderful maple syrup in three levels of delicious-ness: light, medium and dark. It can be purchased at the Cardiff General Store.

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