Maple Syrup: 10 Things You May Not Know

Jane Southren maple photo

1. It is not a coincidence that Canada has a maple leaf on the nation’s flag. Canadians produce 85% of the world’s maple syrup.

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2. The highest quality maple syrup is found in Lanark County, also known as the “Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario”. Lanark County is located in Eastern Ontario, Canada between the cities of Kingston and Ottawa. The historic town of Perth is the county seat, and hosts an annual maple festival each year featuring award-winning maple vendors.

maple syrup capital of ontario

3. Maple syrup is naturally ‘Organic’, because it is produced from natural trees in a wild environment.

sap dripping

4. Maple syrup has tremendous health benefits. This natural sweetener contains over 54 antioxidants that may help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals such as cancer or diabetes. Pure maple syrup has the same beneficial antioxidants found in berries, tomatoes, green tea, red wine and flax seeds.


5. A tablespoon of maple syrup has only 40 calories, versus honey with 64 or corn syrup with 60. Maple syrup contains more calcium than milk and more potassium than bananas.

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6. Long before the Europeans arrived in North America, natives were collecting sap from maple trees, heating it in hollow logs until it was syrupy, and called it ‘sweet water’.

maple kettle

7. The sap which runs from the ‘tapped’ maple tree is 97 percent water, and forty gallons are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup.

40 gallons of sap

8. A maple tree is normally 30 years old and 10 inches in diameter before it is tapped. As the tree increases in diameter a maximum of four taps can be put into the tree. The tree is not damaged from the tapping process.

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9. Maple syrup is graded according to colour and flavour. Lighter syrup is produced earlier in the season when it is colder. As the weather warms up the syrup becomes darker, with a more robust flavour.

maple syrup grades

10. Warm spring days with temperatures above freezing, and cold nights below freezing is ideal weather for maple syrup production. The season varies, but normally lasts four to eight weeks depending on the weather.



Discover some of the finest maple syrup in the world at the yearly maple festival held in Perth, Ontario – in the heart of Lanark County.

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For information on the Annual Festival of the Maples in Perth:
Perth Festival of the Maples


For details on the nutritional benefits of pure maple syrup: Powerful Antioxidants in Maple Syrup


Easy, mouth-watering recipes for Maple Butter and Maple Fudge at the conclusion of this article.

Contact information listing vendors known for their premium quality maple syrup; many are award winners:

Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush
Address: 291 6th Conc Rd., Pakenham, On
Phone: 613-256-3867 Email: Website:

McFarlane’s Maple Syrup
Grant & Gail McFarlane
1550 Prestonvale Rd
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Phone – 613-259-5410
Email –

Paul’s Maple Products
Brien Paul
267 Sugar Bush Way,
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Phone – 613-259-5276
Email –

Coutts Country Flavours
Address: 1230 Port Elmsley Rd. RR5 Perth, Ontario K7H 3C7
Phone: 613-267-0277 Email:

Jameswood Maple
3231 Wolf Grove Road
Dwight James
249 Purdy Rd,
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Phone – 613-256-4466
Email –

Temple’s Sugar Camp
Address: 1700 Ferguson’s Falls Rd. (CR#15) Lanark, On
Phone: 613-253-7000 Email:

Dorian Heights Maple Products
3631 Watsons Corners Rd,
RR 1 McDonalds Corners, ON K0G 1M0
Phone – 613-278-2177
Email –

Springdale Farm
Don & Marion Dodds
Home – 1790 Galbraith Rd, RR 2
Clayton, ON K0A 1P0
Sugar Shack – 1699 Galbraith Rd.
Clayton, ON K0A 1P0
Phone – 613-256-4045
Email –
Web site –

Fairbairn Farm
1827 Wolf Grove Rd,
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone – 613-256-5047
Email –
Web site –

Wheeler’s Pancake House & Sugar Camp
Address: 1001 Highland Line Lanark Highlands (McDonalds Corners), On
Phone: 613-278-2090 Website:

(Wheelers Pancake House and Maple Sugar Camp, has also gained worldwide recognition for achieving the Guinness World Record for “largest collection of maple syrup production artefacts.” In 2000, the collection opened to the public at Wheelers Maple Heritage Museum, and on Jan. 17 the collection of 5,228 items earned the Guinness World Record. The artefacts include 1,325 maple sap spouts, 507 maple sugar molds, 694 maple syrup serving jugs, 100 Native sugaring artefacts, 37 syrup dippers and 263 sap buckets.”

Ennis Maple Products Ltd
848 Ennis Rd,
Balderson, ON K0G 1A0
Phone – 613-267-3491
Email –
Web site –

Ryan & Glenn Stead
5692 Hwy 511,
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Phone – 613-259-2578
Email –

Sugar Maple Farms Ltd.

David & Paul Chant
3187 Thousand Acre Rd,
RR 2 Portland, ON K0G 1V0
Phone – 613-272-2616

Leggett’s Sugarbush 637B Crosby Rd, RR 1
Crobsy, ON  K0G 1E0
Telephone:  613-499-3142 Just off highway 15 at Crosby, 30 minutes South of Smiths Falls- Two times World Champion Maple Syrup Producer, winning all three classes in Maple Syrup for the first time in Royal Winter Fairs’ history. Seventh generation of sugar makers operating in heritage sugarhouse built in 1892.

2013 Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association Winner,
President’s Awards to Bryan Exley, Don Dodds and the Chant Family


Jeremy Adams – Maple Products and Firewood Sales, McDonald’s Corners 613-278-0082


Oliver’s Mapleworks! Located at 158 Lakewood Lane, Perth, Ontario K7H 3C7. http://www.oliversmapleworks.Com

Phone: 613-264-8612.
Grand Champion Winner 2016 at Perth Festival of the Maples



Tressa and David Oliver  2016 Winners – Sugar Maker of the Year

photo: courtesy of the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association


2017 Award Winners

Sugar Maker of the Year 2017

photo: courtesy of the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association

Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association

2017 Sugar Maker of the Year Award:

George and Linda Horton

(presented by Dwight James and Ray Fortune)


Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association

2018 Sugar Maker of the Year Award:

Dwight James

(presented by Harold Walker, LDMSPA President)

Lanark Sugar Maker 2018

photo: courtesy of the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers Association

Previous recipients of the Award:

2018 – Dwight James

2017 – George and Linda Horton

2016 – Tressa and David Oliver

2015 – Wheeler Family

2014 – Charlie Temple

2013 – David & Paul Chant

2012 – Ray Thompson

2011 – Bill Gibbons

2010 – Don and Marion Dodds

2009 – Ray Fortune

2008 – George Ennis

2007 – Marion Paul


Two of our family’s favourite Maple Recipes:

Maple Butter

maple butter

• 1/2 cup softened butter
• 1/4 cup maple syrup

Preparation Time 5 minutes:

Mix butter and maple syrup with electric mixer until blended. Serve on toast, cracker or warm muffins. This is so tasty, and could not be easier to make. Use this creamy maple butter spread on bread, pancakes, muffins, toast, and biscuits.

Yield: about 3/4 cup


Maple Cream Fudge

maple cream fudge

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cream (I use Heavy cream/whipping cream)
1/3 cup of butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
pinch of salt

Add the two sugars, butter and cream, maple syrup, and salt into a sauce pan. Place over medium heat. Stir while bringing to a boil. Lower the heat and continue to stir slowly while the mixture cooks. After about 7 minutes, test by pouring a small amount into some cold water. You want it to form a soft ball. You might need to cook it for another minute or two. Remove from the heat, add a couple of teaspoons of vanilla and start stirring. It takes about 14 or 15 minutes for the fudge to cool and thicken. Pour into buttered dish. TIP: If you let the fudge sit for 10 minutes after removing from the heat and allow it to cool slightly this will reduce the stirring time. Option: Replace the cream and cup of white sugar with one can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and increase the maple syrup to 1 cup


Whether you prefer maple fudge, maple taffy, or maple syrup ‘straight-up’, take some advice from this Lanark County ‘kid’, and enjoy the unforgettable tastes of our spring harvest – all year ’round!


photo credit: maple bush – Jane Southren


To discover more about the history and local maple producers in Lanark County, “Lanark County Chronicle” features a chapter ‘Taffy on the Tay’, recalling the ‘good old days’ of maple syrup production.

Lanark County Chronicle - Double Back to the Third Line

Available at: The Book Nook, 60 Gore St. E., Perth, ON, Spark Books & Curios, 76 Foster St. Perth, ON, and Mill Street Books, Almonte, ON.

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Arlene Stafford-Wilson

The Written Word Comes to Life

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The written word came to life at the International Writer’s Festival in Perth on Saturday. Under sunny skies, perched along the historic Tay Basin, the Crystal Palace was home to nearly a dozen authors showcasing their work and chatting with locals and visitors alike. The event was part of a weekend of activities which included a writing contest and some notable guest speakers from the writing community.

Many thanks to the Chamber of Commerce along with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Farmer’s Market, the Town of Perth, the Perth & District Union Public Library, the BIA , Heritage Perth, The Book Nook and many local businesses who organized and sponsored this first-time event in the newly formed Perth Chapter of the well-known International Writers Festival.

We were pleased to be situated with author Gene Bassett to our right and with Irene Spence and Ron Shaw to our left. Irene was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her many years of service in promoting history and heritage and is active at Archives Lanark as well as the Lanark County Genealogical Society.

It was a pleasure meeting author and instructor Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith, member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Lee Ann, along with Leslie Wallack of The Book Nook presented each author with a smart black carry-all featuring the Writer’s Festival logo, a writing journal, pen and decorative ceramic keepsake.

One of the highlights of the day were visits from Carol-Ann McDougall and husband Ken who are building their dream home along the picturesque shores of Rideau Ferry. Another delightful visitor was an old friend and neighbour from the third line – Dr. Steve Scott. It was a wonderful surprise to connect once again and have a quick chat.

The day was a great success and we look forward to future events with the International Writer’s Festival!

International Writer’s Festival August 23rd, 2014 – Participating Authors:

Gene Bassett, author of: ‘Tall Tales’, and ‘Stolen Moments’

Allison Graham & Cathy Rivoire, author/illustrator of ‘Caterpillar Soup’

Joelle Hubner-Mclean, author of ‘Corvus and Me’

Shirley Mackenzie, ‘Orphan Sage’

John McKenty, ‘Square Deal Garage’, ‘Follow the Crowd’ and ‘Arden Blackburn’s Mail Route’

Anne Raina, author of: ‘Clara’s Rib’

Ron Shaw author of: ‘Tales of the Hare’, ‘Black Light’ and ‘Forgotten Hero’ (Co-authored with M.E. Irene Spence)

Claudia Smith, author of ‘By Word of Mouth’

M.E. Irene Spence, co-author of ‘Forgotten Hero, the biography of Alexander Fraser’

Arlene Stafford-Wilson, author of: ‘Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen’ and ‘Lanark County Kid: My Travels up and down the Third Line’ and ‘Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line’ and ‘Lanark County Calendar: Four Seasons on the Third Line’

Mick Wicklum ‘Grand Popo and Kanaga’ and ‘Wicklum’s Law and Other Tips on How to Survive in Africa’

International Writer’s Festival Comes to Perth!

Writer's Festival Aug 2014

Perth Crystal Palace

Join us Saturday, August 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Crystal Palace in Perth, Ontario.

In its first year ever, the Perth Chapter of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival will be showcasing local authors at a Book Fair at the Perth Farmer’s Market set against the backdrop of the picturesque Tay River.

Whether you come by car and park along the historic streets of Perth, or sail up by boat and take in the breathtaking views along the Tay Basin, there will be something for all ages to enjoy.

The event features a number of local writers including Arlene Stafford-Wilson, author of:

• Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen
• Lanark County Kid: My Travels up and down the Third Line
• Lanark County Chronicle: Double Back to the Third Line
• Lanark County Calendar: Four Seasons on the Third

Pick up a copy and have it signed by the author.
Mark this special event on your calendar.
For more information contact:

The Perth and District Chamber of Commerce (613) 267-3200 / 1-888-319-3204
or Leslie Wallack at The Book Nook