Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario
It stands to reason that a place known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario would abound with this sweet, liquid gold! In Lanark County, local food is a form of expression and maple products adorn every table. Maple syrup ranks high on the list of “super-foods,” boasting health benefits and over 20 antioxidants. Lanark County is the proud home to a myriad of award-winning producers, including world champions and premier awards from the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Seasonal Maple Sugar Camps are open from mid-February to mid-April or when the sap is running! During the season, tapping trees for sap is a time-honoured tradition practiced using heritage and modern methods that you can see in action at numerous sugar bushes and camps across the county.
Build your own maple adventure! You will be amazed at the opportunities to learn, taste, shop and eat the goodness of Lanark County Maple Syrup all year long. Shops, restaurants, and sugar camps and even a baseball bat factory are all on board when it comes to maple!
The new colour classes for Grade A Pure Maple Syrup have replaced the traditional labels of “dark,” “medium,” “light,” and “extra light” with names that describe the intensity of flavour: Golden is “delicate,” Amber is “rich,” Dark is “robust,” and Very Dark is “strong.” mmmMaple!
Visit a seasonal Maple Producer in Lanark County!
Traditional Canadian Pancake Breakfast
- Try Wheelers’ maple syrup and homemade maple sausage at Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp in Lanark
- Try Coutts‘ maple syrup on your French toast for Sunday brunch at Fiddlehead’s Bar and Grill overlooking Stewart Park in Perth
- Check the calendar of events for pancake breakfast events hosted throughout the season across Lanark County
On the first weekend in April, participating maple producers open their operations to celebrate and share the first maple harvest of the season.
Festival of the Maples
This annual celebration of everything maple takes place on the last Saturday of April in Downtown Heritage Perth. Meet the producers, see demonstrations and enjoy family entertainment.
Maple Run Tour
Enjoy this free, self-guided driving tour showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products.
Lanark County Harvest Festival
Held annually on the second Sunday of September in beautiful Beckwith Park. Meet local producers, talk to food experts, learn from cooking demonstrations and educational displays while enjoying live musical entertainment and free children’s activities.
See the most dramatic fall colours in the world as Lanark County’s sugar maples turn from green to gold and join the rainbow of colours in our forests. In September, pay a visit to the Pakenham Fair, Perth Fair, Maberly Fair, Middleville Fair and McDonald’s Corners Fair.
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The Ultimate Maple Adventure
Build your maple adventure! You will be amazed at the opportunities to learn, taste, shop and eat the goodness of Lanark County Maple Syrup. Shops, restaurants, sugar camps and even a baseball factory are all on board when it comes to maple!
Year-Round Maple Experiences
Once the sap is collected and the maple products are made, you can enjoy the magic of maple all year. In autumn, Lanark County’s sugar maple forests explode with bright yellow – one of the most dramatic displays of fall colours in the world!
1. Balderson Cheese Store
You will find Dorian Height’s maple candy and maple butter sold here year round.
- Bob the Baker
Frozen maple mousse pie is always available at Baker Bob’s in Almonte. Made with maple syrup from –.
- Chesswood Restaurant
Order the maple bacon wrapped meatloaf or the maple-bourbon bbq bacon jam with your baked brie.
4. Coutts Country Flavour Store
This family farm has been in the same family for over 150 years, tapping 6,000 trees to make their own hard and soft candy and chewy maple drops, maple sugar, maple chips and maple pancake mix. You may also choose to bake with their maple granola, and fresh maple syrup. It is here you will also find baked goods including maple chocolate brownies and pies of all kinds; maple apple, maple strawberry rhubarb, maple wild blueberry, maple pecan or maple raspberry! Maple butter, maple strawberry jam and maple raspberry preserves are made and sold on-site. Stop in, and try a maple butter tart! 613-267-0277 |1230 County Rd. #18, Perth
- Don’s Meat Market
For the grill, pick up some fresh hand-made Maple Chipotle sausage or book a sausage making class with Don. St. John.
- Equator Coffee Roasters
Savour a Maple Latte made with Fulton’s maple sugar or book a coffee cupping experience and roastery tour. Take home a bar of maple latte soap as a souvenir.
Try Coutt’s maple syrup on your French toast for Sunday brunch in this historic woolen mill overlooking Stewart Park.
You’ll find true Lanark County maple sugar candy made by Ennis Maple Products and syrup made by Temple’s Sugar Camp. Order maple products online at Foodsmiths.com
- Fulton’s Maple Shoppe
Maple BBQ sauce, Maplicious lip balm, maple candy floss, maple mustard…the shop is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm or by group booking. Order maple products online at www.fultons.ca
- Healthy Food Technologies (HFT)
This research lab developed cutting edge equipment that makes doughnuts that are up to 70% less fat than regular doughnuts, Try their delicious Maple Bacon doughnut!
- Hummingbird Chocolate Maker
Winner of the 2016 Golden Bean award, this world renowned chocolate is made from Bean to Bar on site, Try the Maple Chocolate bar made with Fulton’s maple sugar or take home a bar of chocolate chip maple soap.
- Lanark Landing
Try Jameswood maple syrup with your meal, where real maple syrup is always an option.
Highlighted as “Where to Eat in Canada” for over 20 years, try the Maple Pork Loin dish drizzled with Wheelers pure maple syrup.
- Mill Street Crepe Company
Hot crepes served with Fulton’s maple syrup offer a flavourful twist to this traditional favourite.
- Pakenham General Store
Visit this historical bakery housed in the oldest continuously operating general store in Canada! You must try the maple cinnamon muffin made with Wheelers family golden maple syrup or grab a serving of maple baked beans for the campfire.
- Parkside Spa
With Fulton’s own Maplicious maple lotion, maple sugar scrub, and maple shea butter, you can enjoy a maple manicure or pedicure offered by request.
- Sam Bat
The Original Maple Bat Corporation has proven that baseball bats made of maple wood are superior. Serving the major leagues, Sam Bat will tour you through their manufacturing plant and even arrange for you to try out their maple bats in the batting cage.
- Sunflower Bake Shop
Best –ever maple walnut sticky buns are made fresh and hot every morning. Grab a dozen maple pecan cranberry tarts for your next dinner party or picnic, made with maple syrup produced by Pat Furlong.
- Tay River Aqua
The fabulous waterfront spa offers an amazing maple sugar body scrub. Relax in the outdoor hot tubs overlooking acres of open fields.
- The Cheddar Stop
Ottawa Valley Fudge is locally made with ThompsonTown Maple syrup in Clayton. Take home a slab of irresistible fresh maple fudge to share with friends.
- The Stone Cellar
Try the sweet potato fries drizzled with Stead’s maple syrup or call ahead to make reservations for the spectacular 5-course maple dinner, paired with wine or beer. Maple is also an essential ingredient in their soups, compotes and coulis.
- Top Shelf Distillery
Reunion Maple moonshine is made with Temple’s maple syrup.
- Wheelers Pancake House & Sugar Camp
Named one of the Top 10 maple experiences in Canada by Canadian Geographic. On site, a Canadian character log building houses the largest collection of maple artifacts in the World according to the Guinness Book. Recognized by Heritage Canada, this is a great place to learn about the history of maple sugar production. The pancake house is set on 600 acre sugar maple forest, open 7 days a week from 9 am to 3pm excluding Christmas Day. The big fluffy pancakes are made from a family recipe and the maple sausage is handmade with Wheelers own syrup.
613-278-2090 | 1001 Highland Line, Lanark Highlands, Ontario, K0G 1M0