Canada’s capital region loves to celebrate the sweet and natural treat that is maple syrup. Maple syrup season usually starts in late February and can run into April – a late winter and spring highlight! Ideal temperatures of +5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) during the day and -5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) during the night start the sap running through the trees. It takes 40 litres of sap to reduce down (by boiling) to one litre of maple syrup. The tasty result is definitely worth the wait!
Located just east of Ottawa in Cumberland, Ont., Proulx Maple & Berry Farm offers a traditional sugar bush experience as well, including weekend brunch. Take one of their guided tours to learn how maple syrup is made, visit the small animal petting farm and let the kids let loose in the play parks. The Proulx Maple Farm season runs on weekends between Feb. 24 – April 22, 2019, but also the full week of the Ontario March Break (Mar. 11-15).