Every spring, visitors are welcomed to maple sugar bushes all around the Quinte area. The following farms open their Sugar Shacks to give guests a first-hand look at traditional and/or modern maple syrup production methods and invite them to stroll along the trails to see the tapped Maple trees.
Many local sugar bushes also participate in annual maple festivals such as Maple in the County, which is held in nearby Prince Edward County. During these events, guests can enjoy pancake breakfasts, petting zoos, wagon rides, maple treats and samples from local wineries, breweries and cideries.
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Quinte & Area Sugar Bushes – Prince Edward County
Sweetwater Cabin/Hubbs Sugarbush
2009 Quinte Maple Hall of Fame inductee Hubbs sugarbush is a small-scale maple syrup producer located just outside Quinte, in north-western Prince Edward County. Established in 1975, the Hubbs sugarbush has over 100 trees per acre on the property and taps over 800 maple trees each spring. Their quality maple syrup is produced using traditional methods and can be purchased onsite in the Sweetwater Cabin, a lovingly restored log cabin that sells a variety of maple treats and maple-themed products all throughout the year.
332 Pulver Road, Carrying Place, ON 613-966-8997
Hosts: Ron and Janice Hubbs
Sugarbush Vineyards is one of Prince Edward County’s lovely wineries, as well as a small-scale maple syrup producer. Using traditional methods, they tap roughly 150 sugar maples each year. During the spring sap is collected and boiled over an open fire, producing about 50 litres of maple syrup. On Maple in the County weekend, visitors are able to hike out to the sugarbush, watch the sap being boiled, sample maple goodies, and taste wines produced exclusively from the Sugarbush Vineyards.
1286 Wilson Road, Hillier, ON 613-399-9000
Hosts: Rob & Sally Peck
Established in 1924, Fosterholm Farms is one of the oldest maple sugar bushes in the Quinte area. If possible, plan your visit during Maple in the County, when visitors are invited to the sugar shack for homemade pancakes with an ongoing supply of maple syrup, after walking through the sugarbush for a first-hand look at their impressive 7500 tap set-up. Fosterholm Farms products, including maple syrup, maple butter and maple candy are available year-round, along with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.
2234 County Rd. 18, Picton, ON 613-393-5655
Hosts: Clifford, Dean and Rylan Foster
Waupoos Estates Winery & Sugarbush
Waupoos Estates Winery & Sugarbush is located on the eastern shores of Prince Edward County overlooking Lake Ontario. Known as one of the best wineries in the region, Waupoos Estates also produces its own maple syrup. Since 1997 they have been tapping 1500 sugar maples on the property, making a top-quality syrup to sell year-round.
3013/3016 County Rd. 8, Waupoos, ON 613-476-8338
Roblin’s Maple Syrup
In 2005, Roblin’s Maple Syrup began producing maple syrup overlooking the shores of Long Reach in Prince Edward County. Combining traditional methods and state-of-the-art equipment, Roblin’s maple syrup is produced using reverse osmosis and an energy-efficient evaporator. With about 1100 tapped maple trees, Roblin’s Maple Syrup is able to sell maple syrup and maple syrup products year-round.
499 County Road 35, Picton, ON 613-476-3134
Host: Phil, Brittany Roblin and family
Vader’s Maple Syrup
Vader’s Maple Syrup Farm is a pioneer of maple syrup production in Prince Edward County. In operation since 1910, this farm has evolved with the times. Now a 2800 tap facility, Vader’s use modern equipment to boil maple sap and produce Grade-A syrup. There is also antique equipment and vintage photographs on display at the farm which provides insight into the history of Vader’s maple syrup.
1260 County Rd. 18, Cherry Valley, ON 613-476-7537
Hosts: Todd and Susan Vader
Walt’s Sugar Shack
In 2000, Walt’s Sugar Shack began making maple syrup using traditional methods from roughly 40 sugar maples. By 2013, production had increased significantly due to the addition of nearly 1000 more taps and a new wood-fired evaporator. From February until April visitors are invited to Walt’s Sugar Shack to walk the trails and shop for a variety of maple products.
1671 Salem Rd., Consecon, ON 613-965-6381
Hosts: Karen and Brian Walt
Justin’s Maple Syrup
Justin’s Maple Syrup was established in 2005, in Picton, Ontario. Each spring, Justin taps around 500 trees using a pipeline vacuum system that allows for the sap to flow to the sugar shack where it undergoes the boiling process, producing roughly 500 litres of maple syrup. Each year during Maple in the County, visitors are able to explore the sugarbush and sample several grades of maple syrup.
254 County Road 32, Picton, ON 613-484-8301
Host: Justin Williams
Nyman Farms has been producing maple syrup for over 25 years on 78-acres of farmland outside of Picton in Prince Edward County. They use a high-quality pipeline system and tap an impressive 5000 trees annually. Each spring during Maple in the County, the sugar shack opens for visitors to watch the sap boil and be transformed into high-quality syrup. Nyman Farms is especially well-loved by families with children who enjoy playing in the sandbox and meeting the baby barnyard animals.
292 Mowbray Rd., Picton, ON 613-476-6120
Hosts: John, Michelle, Shea and family
Established in 2012, Loha Farms is a family-owned and operated farm located in Prince Edward County. Open to the public, this small hobby farm produces maple syrup, grows fresh produce and raises barn animals.
153 Lucks Crossroad, Picton, ON 613-827-5754
Hosts: Jessie & Chris Armstrong
Koopmans Maple Mountain
For more than 20 years, award-winning maple syrup has been produced at Koopmans Maple Mountain. This family-run sugar bush in Prince Edward County Ontario has roughly 900 taps and uses modern equipment to gather and boil the maple sap. At their sugar shack, visitors are invited to sample all four grades of maple syrup along with maple candy and maple butter. Depending on the season there are also live syrup-making demonstrations and self-guided tours through the sugarbush.
2275 County Rd. 8 Picton, ON 613-961-9304
Strictly Maple was established in 2009 in beautiful Prince Edward County Ontario. They currently have 1000 taps and market their maple products locally.
20811 Loyalist Parkway, Consecon, ON 613-242-6313
Quinte & Area Sugar Bushes – Hastings County
O’Hara Sugar Maples
O’Hara Sugar Maples was established in 1983 just north of Madoc, Ontario. Specializing in maple syrup and other edible maple treats, O’Hara Sugar Maples invites visitors to explore their sugar bush and visit their sugar shack. Upon entering, visitors will drive the windy road through the sugar bush for a firsthand look at the maple sap flowing through modern vacuum tubing. Once at the sugar camp, the state-of-the-art equipment and unique collection of antiques on display inside the Sugar House will undoubtedly impress everyone who stops by. It is advisable to call before visiting for more information regarding their hours of operation.
17 Reynolds Rd, RR 1 Madoc, ON 613-473-6780
Sugar House Address: 871 Harts Road
Hosts: Stephen & Heather Needham
Three Maples Sugar Camp
Three Maples Sugar Camp is a large-scale maple syrup producer between Marmora and Madoc Ontario. Owned by the Dennis Family, the business has been in operation for over 50 years.
Three Maples Sugar Camp has roughly 2000 taps in their 100-acre sugar bush. Their state-of-the-art facility uses a gravity-fed, pipe collection system to collect the sap which is then transported in an old fire truck to the sugar shack. Once there, they use a reverse osmosis machine and a stainless steel intense-o-fire evaporator to produce Maple Syrup ranging from light to Amber. Three Maples Sugar Camp is always open to welcome visitors for a tour, a demonstration, and a sampling of their award-winning maple syrup.
1954 Old Marmora Rd. Madoc, ON 613-473-2521
Hosts: The Dennis Family
Bata Maples Sugarbush
Bata Maples Sugarbush sits on a 75 acres property outside the village of Batawa, Ontario. Since opening in 2010, they have expanded to include 1200 taps on a gravity-fed pipeline and a newly constructed sugar shack. Throughout the boiling season, Bata Maples Sugarbush offers both individual and group tours.
254 Bata Road, RR#1 Frankford, ON 613-398-6405
Hosts: Frank and Karen Haveman
New to maple syrup production, Taps Maples began tapping trees in 2013. This small-scale operation in Hastings County features a newly constructed sugar house and uses modern vacuum tubing, a reverse osmosis machine and a 2×8 evaporator to produce quality maple syrup. When the sap is running, Taps Maples is open for visitors to tour the facility, learn about the syrup-making process, and sample maple butter, maple sugar and maple syrup.
27 Cromwell Rd Madoc, ON 613-922-0207
Hosts: The Frank’s Family
Trillium Ridge Sugarworks / Mah Kwan Kadeek
Since the 1840s, the 430-acre sugar bush at Trillium Ridge has been producing top-quality maple syrup in Hastings County. Operated by the Gervais family for nearly 40 years, what began as a small operation with 150 buckets has steadily increased to include over 9000 taps. An intricate system of vacuum tubing transports the sap through the forest to a tank in the sugar shack where it is boiled using two evaporators. Visitors are welcome to tour the sugar bush, watch syrup-making demonstrations, and indulge in maple-flavoured delicacies at Trillium Ridge Sugarworks from February through early April. It’s advisable to call before visiting to ensure the sap is flowing.
254 Maple Sugar Road Shannonville, ON 613-396-5141
Hosts: Terry & Vickie Gervais
Quinte & Area Sugar Bushes – Northumberland County
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Sandy Flat Sugar Bush and Pancake House
Located in Warkworth, Ontario, Sandy Flat Sugar Bush operates a large-scale maple syrup production facility and a Pancake House. Open daily during the March Break and on weekends until the end of April, Sandy Flat Sugar Bush features activities for the whole family. Highlights include tours of the sugarbush, walking trails, wagon or horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a museum of old-fashioned syrup-making artifacts. They also demonstrate both modern and traditional maple syrup production techniques.
500 Concession Rd. 3. W. Warkworth, ON 705-924-2057
Hosts: Chris & Robin Clark
Curle’s Maple Products
Curle’s Maple Products outside Campbellford, Ontario has been producing maple syrup and other maple goods since 1862. Open year-round, visitors are able to enjoy self-guided tours of the Sugar Shack and learn about modern and traditional maple syrup production. There is also a Maple Museum and samples of pure maple products. Curle’s Maple Products may be closed on Sundays during the offseason. Come by chance or call ahead.
726 8th Line W, RR 4 Campbellford, ON 705-653-2519
Hosts: Marc & Diane Curle
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