Welcome to the 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 both heritage and modern methods that you can see in action at numerous sugar bushes and camps across the county. Visit a seasonal Maple Producer in Lanark County!
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, and sugar camps 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!
An important slice of food history, Balderson was not only the birthplace of the now famous Balderson Cheese brand, but also an integral contributor to the world-renowned Mammoth Cheese. Located in the original cheese factory building, you will always find locally sourced products including Dorian Height’s maple candy and maple butter.
Beckwith Butcher – Maple Sausage
They say “you are what you eat” – that’s why Beckwith Butcher offers only hormone free beef, chicken and pork. The finest quality maple breakfast sausage made with maple syrup from ThomsponTown Maple Products is a family favourite – sold frozen to cook at home – for every occasion.
Baker Bob’s – Maple Mousse Pie
You don’t have to be expecting company to eat well. Grab a frozen maple mousse pie – an easy addition to any meal at home or away. Enjoy with family, friends or your favorite book.
Bowness Family Farm – Maple Candy
Mmmm Maple Syrup and maple products is what Lanark County does best! Bowness Farm carries maple sugar candies, butter, sugar and of course Maple syrup!
Carleton Place Visitor Centre & Souvenir Shoppe – Maple Souvenirs
Have you heard about Tasha’s Table or the Beckwitch? A variety of Maple products from these local makers plus ThompsonTown, Springdale Farms is readily available for sale as a takeaway from your visit to Ontario’s Maple Syrup Capital!
CC’s on the Rideau – Maple Cocoa
Overlooking the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this farm-to-table organic food restaurant is set on a breathtaking waterfront vista accessible by boat. Nestled on a small peninsula between the lower Rideau lake and the Big Rideau, this lively, family run, and community-minded eatery captures the atmosphere of true cottage country.
Clyde Hall – Maple Forest
This luxury 5-star accommodation is set on a mature sugar maple forest overlooking the Clyde River. Owned and operated by Chefs Liisa & Robert Salzmann, their signature location-inspired breakfast is served with syrup made on site and delicate maple bacon.
Dairy Distillery – Maple Cream Liqueur
Combine Vodkow cream liquor with pure, organic dark maple syrup from Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Maple Shop in the heart of Lanark County: Ontario’s Maple Syrup Capital. The aromas of fresh dairy, vanilla and robust maple make a truly Canadian experience.
Don’s Meat Market – Maple Chipotle Sausage
For the grill, pick up some fresh hand-made Maple Chipotle sausage on your way to the cottage or for your next charcuterie board – a conversation piece that is sure to impress.
Equator Coffee Roasters – Maple Latte
Equator Coffee Roasters was created to connect the coffee farmer to the coffee drinker. The world is a better place with coffee that is sourced ethically and grown organically – at Equator, a coffee is more than just a beverage… it is a way of changing the world. Start your day with a Maple Latte made with Fulton’s maple sugar or take home a bar of maple latte soap as a souvenir.
Fall River Foods – Maple Syrup in a Leaf-shaped bottle
At Fall River Fashion in beautiful downtown Heritage Perth, a storefront is dedicated to fashionable food including a selection of fine Lanark County Maple Syrup. The large, leaf-shape bottled syrup makes a beautiful gift – they’ll even warp it for you!
Fiddlehead’s – Sunday Brunch with Maple Syrup
Try Coutts’ maple syrup on your French toast for Sunday brunch in this historic woolen mill overlooking Stewart Park.
Foodsmiths – Bottled Maple Syrup
You’ll find true Lanark County maple sugar candy made by Ennis Maple Products, syrup from Temple’s Sugar Camp, and fine chocolate by Ludwig; the Maple Almond Bar, Dark Chili Maple Bar, and Dark Chocolate with Winterspice, also sold at North Folk in Perth, Peches et Poivres in Almonte, and The Granary in Carleton Place. Order maple products online at Foodsmiths.com
Freska Inc. – French Toast with Maple Cream
An elevated experience for foodies, this bright and cheery spot offers a bit of contemporary flare in historic downtown Carleton Place. The goal of this café is to bring a new vibe to the local culinary scene, specializing in breakfast and lunch with a commitment to freshness and exceptional quality – featuring “the Local” breakfast; French toast with candied pecans and maple cream.
Fulton’s Maple Shoppe – Maplicious Spa Line
On the sugarbush, this store serves up an extensive selection of both sweet an savoury maple delights including maple BBQ sauces, maple infused spices, maple preserves, maple candy floss, maple mustard, maple butter, maple syrup and the ultimate Maplicious lip balm, maple milk bath, maple shea butter, and more …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) – Maple Bacon Doughnut
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! These delicious doughnuts are also served at Fulton‘s and Gaslight Cafe.
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker – Maple Chocolate Bar
Winner of over 85 awards, including the 2016 Golden Bean award, this world renowned chocolate is made from Bean to Bar on site. From an awesome variety of elite, ethically produced chocolate products, try the Maple Chocolate bar made with Fulton’s maple sugar or take home a bar of chocolate chip maple soap!
Lanark Landing – Pancake Breakfast with Maple Syrup
Try Jameswood maple syrup with the “Young Farmer’s Breakfast” – a traditional morning meal of bacon, ham or sausage served with your choice of French toast, pancake, egg or home fries & toast, served with a side of our local maple syrup!
Maximillian’s Restaurant – Maple Pork Loin
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 – Crepes with Maple Syrup
Hot crepes served with Fulton’s maple syrup offer a flavourful twist to this traditional favourite.
North Folk Cafe – Maple Blueberry Kombucha
A Canadian Cafe & Market specializing in highlighting local makers, gift boxes, locally roasted espresso from Mighty Valley Coffee, Artizen Kombucha on tap and a variety of delicious pastries from local bakeries including Maple Almond Biscotti by Sweet Cheeks bakery. Order a Maple Latte as you browse. You’ll find Wheelers’ Maple Syrup, maple candy, and Maple Almond Chocolate by Ludwig,
Pakenham General Store – Maple Baked Beans
A historic treasure, this old-fashioned general store has been open for business in the same location for 175 years and is believed to be the “oldest” and longest running general store in North America. Although this stone building is known best for its bakery (and famous for their sticky buns), gift shop and antique store, you will also notice a few items that date back a generation or two.
Parkside Spa – Maple Manicures
This locally owned luxury full-service boutique Inn & Spa is set on beautiful Stewart Park in downtown Heritage Perth. Featuring Fulton’s own Maplicious maple lotion, maple sugar scrub, and maple shea butter, maple manicures are available upon request.
Perth Brewery – Maple Ale
Embark on a craft beer adventure at this multi-generational family operation offering more than 12 styles of specially crafted beer including the Oh! Canada Maple Ale – a simply outstanding classic ale with a hint of maple sourced from our very own Temple’s Sugar camp.
Perth Chocolate Works – Leaf-shaped Maple Chocolates
Try the Lanark Maple Cream chocolates in the signature leaf shape! They’re not just cute. They’re devine. Local maple cream covered in the finest Belgian chocolate that melts in your mouth.
Sunflower Bake Shop – Maple Walnut Sticky Buns
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 at Elphin Gold Organic Farm.
Sweet Scoops Pastries & Confections – Maple Milkshake
You’ll love this store’s charming downtown location, feet from the Rideau Canal in a historic flatiron building. Known for specialty drinks and ice cream, get the best of both worlds with the Lanark Maple Milkshake, a Maple Apple Chai Tea or a Maple Iced Coffee.
The Cheddar Stop – Maple Fudge
This traditional ice cream and fudge parlour offers fresh maple fudge, each slab made with premium local maple syrup by Ottawa Valley Fudge. Retailing gourmet foods, local cheeses, frozen yogurt, baking and chocolates, The Cheddar Stop is not only a one-stop shop for local gift baskets but also a great support to food makers.
The Stone Cellar – Sweet Potato Fries drizzled with Maple Syrup
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 – Maple Moonshine
Commemorating the Great Perth Reunion of 1905 and crafted in small batches from corn spirit, Reunion Maple 100 proof moonshine made with Temple’s maple syrup represents the pinnacle of local flavour. Known best for their Vodka, Gin and Whisky, Top Shelf Distillers get creative with their bitters and other flavours of moonshine including maple bacon, apple pie, dill pickle, wild bluberry, gingerbread, Ontraio cherry and beyond.
Tweed Visitor Centre (closed until further notice)
Why not switch things up a bit? The Tweed Visitor Centre is a captivating and interactive way to learn all about Tweed’s facility and their favourite plant. Take a peek into real grow rooms, learn about cannabis from the inside out, and sift through the giftshop to peruse a selection of Paul’s Maple Syrup.
Wheelers Pancake House & Sugar Camp (closed until further notice)
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. Shop online at http://wheelersmaple.com/store/
On the first weekend in April, participating maple producers open their operations to celebrate and share the first maple harvest of the season.
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.
Enjoy this free, self-guided driving tour showcasing artisans, heritage buildings and locally made products.
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.
Traditional Canadian Pancake Breakfast
- Try Wheelers’ maple syrup and homemade maple sausage at Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp in McDonald’s Corners, Lanark Highlands
- Try Coutts‘ maple syrup on your French toast for Sunday brunch at Fiddlehead’s Bar and Grill overlooking Stewart Park in Perth
- Seasonal Pancake Houses include Fulton’s Pancake House near Pakenham in Mississippi Mills and Temple’s Pancake Brunch Buffet in Drummond/North Elmsley
Check the calendar of events for pancake breakfast events hosted throughout the season across Lanark County
Learn all about the history of maple: http://wheelersmaple.com/discovery-of-maple/
Did you know?
The Original Maple Bat Corporation, Sam Bat, has proven that baseball bats made of maple wood are superior. Serving the major leagues, this manufacturing plant is located in Lanark County, Ontario’s Maple Capital.