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ONTARIO MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS

April 4-5 2020

Sweet Muskoka

Huntsville, Ontario

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.

Maple Weekend highlights

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

FIND US

101 Deerhurst Highland Dr., Huntsville, ON
705-789-9098/C:705-571-7066