It’s time for liquid gold in Rideau Lakes! The first harvest of the year is maple syrup and if you’re a fan of nature’s sweet treat, you’ve come to the right place. As soon as the temperatures hit just right in mid-March, the sap starts flowing – and sugarhouses across the region spring into action. Whether collecting by bucket or pipeline, Rideau Lakes maple producers all have one thing in common: the end result is delicious.
Read on for our top picks of local maple syrup producers and attractions:
Get ready to celebrate the sweetness of spring! The Delta Maple Syrup Festival is set for April 15 and 16, 2023 in the village of Delta. This family-friendly festival has been bringing together maple lovers of all ages for 56 years to enjoy pancake breakfasts, fun competitions, children’s activities, a giant book sale, milling and blacksmith demonstrations, vendors selling all things maple and much more!
A sweet new activity turned into a family tradition! Blair Brothers Maples was born from the pandemic and is now tapping more than 800 trees on a multi-generational homestead near Newboro. In fact, they will be celebrating Ontario Maple Weekend Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023 with maple demonstrations, syrup tasting, taffy, maple Beaver Tails, bakery offerings from The Pie Bar, and more. Bring the kids and learn how to tap trees! Blair Brothers syrup is beautifully packaged and makes a great impression! Pick up your syrup at the Recess Cafe in Portland, where this liquid gold is sold year round (until its sold out!).
Family farm since 1910, Curtis Valy Farms has a loyal following for their maple syrup and maple products made near the village of Delta. Be sure to look here for the popular maple lollipops and maple butter. Visitors are welcome to see how sap is gathered in the bush and boiled in the sugarhouse!
The world champion maple syrup from Leggett's has twice been awarded Reserve World Champion at the Royal Winter Fair, and was also twice awarded the title of World Champion Maple Syrup. For the first time in the history of The Royal Winter Fair, Leggett's pure maple syrup placed first in all three categories (extra light, light and medium; now known as Golden and Amber). In addition, Leggett's has twice been awarded the title of premier exhibitor at The Royal, garnering 7 of a possible 8 First Place ribbons as well as The Charles Corbett Trophy for most points in Maple Sugar Classes. As Joel Haslam of CTV's Regional Contact stated "The Leggett's Maple Syrup has won more ribbons, trophies and placques than places to display them." The syrup is made in a traditiobal sugar house builtn 1892 - possibly the oldest working sugar house in Ontario. The sap becomes syrup using a high efficiency wood-fired evaporator, which gives the best flavour with a low carbon footprint. Currently, the 7th generation of this family operation are manufacturing the irresistable maple syrup each spring, along with many other maple products throughout the year. Located at 637B Crosby Road in Elgin, Ontario. Contact https://www.leggettmaplesyrup.com/contact_us for information.
Maple vinegar anyone? Yes, you read that right – and it’s delicious! Little Rideau Farm is a World Champion Maple Syrup Producer moving beyond their classic World Champion maple syrup to also create maple butter, artisanal maple mustard, maple sugar, maple candy and more. Are you drooling yet? Order online or stop by the year-round farm gate between Westport and Newboro.
Situated near Portland, Sugar Maple Farms makes natural maple syrup without the use of any chemicals or additives. Stainless steel sugar shanty equipment is part of this modern operation.
Make your day a little sweeter! Maple Syrup might as well run in the veins of the Walker family, which has been perfecting the art of sugarmaking for four generations. Learn more about the fascinating story of the Walker Family Farm, now operating with more than 1,300 taps! Elevate your baking or breakfast waffles and order online today. Tours are provided upon request at Walker Family Farm; order product online, or find them at stores like the newest addition to the Elgin scene, The Tipped Ship.
Embrace the sweetness of spring with pure, golden maple syrup made right here in Rideau Lakes!