Hosts: Deanne and Brian O’Donoghue
Brian first experienced maple syrup as a young boy in Toronto, visiting the sugar making operation of a friend’s grandfather. He never forgot the experience. On moving to Muskoka in the late ‘70’s he began making his own syrup and has done so every year since. In 2005, he and his wife began making syrup at the Deerhurst sugar shack and demonstrating the process of collecting sap and syrup making to many resort guests and visitors.
The sugar bush at Deerhurst has been in production since the late 1800’s, with syrup originally collected from buckets by horse and sleigh and used for guests at the resort. Syrup is still made for resort guests as well as the visiting public however, the sap is now collected through a tubing system and boiled on a modern stainless steel evaporator.
Highlights for Your Visit
- Talk to the sugar maker and find out how sap is collected and processed
- See early artifacts used in collecting and making maple syrup
- Fresh maple syrup and maple sugar for sale
- Syrup tasting and taffy-on-snow
- Snowshoes trails through the sugar bush to a lookout over Pen and Fairy lakes
- Try a delicious maple-based meal which Deerhurst often offers over the maple syrup season
The sugar shack is located at the corner of Deerhurst Rd. and Deerhurst Highlands Dr.
It is behind Antlers Restaurant (formerly Steamers Restaurant) at Deerhurst Resort.
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