A sweet spring day at the sugar bush

Every spring, Sand Road Maple Farm welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world for an authentic, delicious Canadian sugar camp experience.


Spring is an exciting time of year ó the snow melts, the days get longer, and as winter breaks, we welcome our first crop of the season: maple syrup! Sand Road Maple Farm includes 30 hectares (75 acres) of beautiful mature forest, walking trails, and a large pine lodge, located on the fringe of Ottawa in Moose Creek, Ont. Pictured to the right is our onsite gift store, the Taffy Shack, which offers an array of sweet treats and new and vintage gift items.

We are a fully operational maple farm. At our family farm, you can experience maple syrup making the way it has been done for centuries. In this photo to the right, sugar maker Kevin Carruthers stocks the wood-fired evaporator to make tasty, sweet maple syrup.

A day away from the everyday: located close to Ottawa, the farm is pleased to offer a Canadian welcome to local, national, and international tour groups and guests. Each year, more than 15,000 people from around the world visit the farm.

Horse team Cruiser and Cory are on hand to tour guests through the forest every weekend, starting in March. From the beginning, it has been our goal to offer guests a traditional Canadian sugar camp experience. We’re happy that we’ve been able to accomplish that goal, and delight families and visitors year after year with excellent product, warm smiles and memories to last a lifetime’

Maple syrup is a pure local source of sugar, brought to you by our Canadian trees and Canadian climate. From birch bark buckets used by Aboriginal peoples, to the boiling of sap in large iron kettles by the early pioneers, to the modern present-day evaporator, producing maple syrup remains North America’s sweetest gift to the world of gourmet dining: a natural product without preservatives or additives.

Take in all the maple: maple trees, maple sap, maple syrup, maple candy, granulated maple sugar, maple butter, and maple taffy! In this photo, taffy maker Ivan Coleman serves taffy on the snow to visiting children. The sweet treat is a favourite for guests to the farm.


Photos: Joanna Burton MacArthur