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Syrup season off to an early start in Lanark County

A good sap season is underway in Ontario's maple syrup capital.
Maple syrup, sap. file photo.

The maple syrup is flowing in Lanark County.

Tourism Manager for Lanark County Marie White told 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show, recent weather has created ideal conditions to get sap flowing and get the maple syrup season off to an early start.

"Generally speaking, it should be warm throughout the day and cold at night so that the sap will flow through the trees," she said.

Weather conditions can affect the quality of the sap as well, but White explained that the 2018 season is looking like a good one. 

"We have generally four weeks of good sap running every single year because of our beautiful Canadian weather," she described. "It's when spring comes early that our season is shortened. Toward the end of the season, when the trees are budding and the leaves are growing, that's when the sap production has to stop."

There are 15 maple syrup producers in Lanark County, known as Ontario's maple syrup capital, which have opened their doors to the public.

Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush, Temple's Sugar Bush and Wheeler's Maple are the three main pancake houses in the county, but White suggested also visiting some of the smaller syrup manufacturers like Fortune Farms, who give visitors a fun lesson on traditional syrup production versus modern day methods.

Find a maple routes map at or call White, AKA "Miss Maple," at 1-888-452-6275.

Listen to the full conversation with Marie White on The Rick Gibbons Show:


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