Sugar Bush Sweetness Now on Tap
By Bob Peters
Cornwall Ontario – The sap is running and maple lovers throughout the region are planning trips to sugar bushes.
The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association will be hosting the fourth Annual Maple Weekend on April 6 and April 7, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM.
“Maple weekend gives you a first-hand opportunity to see how maple products are produced, from tree to table, along with the chance to taste and purchase quality maple products,” says Cheryl Wightman of Wightman Sugar Bush, which is located just east of Cornwall in South Glengarry. “This year the sugar content is a bit higher than last year, and warmer weather encourages the sap to flow.”
The Wightman Sugar Bush has been producing award-winning maple syrup since 1937, and in 2011 Jim Wightman opened up a modern state-of-the-art maple sugar facility. It is one of several sugar bushes in the region, many of which will be offering free samples of fresh syrup, as well as maple candies and confections each weekend. Maple producers will demonstrate how maple syrup is made – whether it’s simply boiling the sap in a cauldron over an open fire, or processing it through high-tech modern systems – the results always taste great!
Local Sugar Bushes
1. Sand Road Maple Farm (Moose Creek)
2. La Sucrerie à Frank Sugar Shack (Moosecreek)
3. Barkleyvale Farms (Chesterville)
4. Grampie’s Sugar Shack (Chesterville)
5. On The Bend Sugar Shack (Chesterville)
6. Peak Forest Farms (Williamstown)
7. Wightman Sugar Bush (Lancaster)
8. Erablière Souligny (Dunvegan)
Each producer has a unique list of activities and experiences, which may include pancake breakfasts, sugarbush trails, sugar making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides. Sugar season usually takes place over a number of weeks in the spring. Check with each producer as to their hours of operation.
Taste why pure Ontario maple syrup has long been a favourite springtime treat and share in the fun of the sweetest time of the year.
To find out what else may be on in the area, visit the Cornwall Tourism website: