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Ontario's 10 Sweetest Sugar Shacks for a Rush

Ontario’s 10 Sweetest Sugar Shacks for a Rush! 

Imagine waking up on a crisp, sunny morning, ready for a fun adventure. That’s exactly what I did recently, setting out to explore Ontario’s hidden nooks and crannies—its best sugar shacks. And let me tell you, these places are about so much more than just maple syrup.

Why should you keep reading? Because I’m sharing all the spots that offer not just delicious syrup, but also a slice of history and a lot of charm. Doesn’t really matter if you’re a maple syrup enthusiast or just curious about this sweet treat, you’re in for some delicious discoveries.

So, grab your coffee, get comfy, and join me as we dive into Ontario’s finest sugar shacks. You won’t want to miss these potentially tasty visits! 

Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Maple Shop

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Address: 399 Sugar Bush Rd, Pakenham


Contact Details: +16132563867

Opening Hours: Friday and Tuesday 10 AM–3 PM

Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Maple Shop is definitely a must if you love spending time in cozy cottages and smelling that sweet maple aroma in the winter. 

This shack is located in Lanark County, the maple capital, which means you won’t be driving too far if you’re coming from Ottawa—it’s literally less than an hour away. With over 400 acres to explore, you can see how maple syrup is made from start to finish. 

There are 8 km of trails for walking, snowshoeing, or skiing, and they even have horse-drawn sleigh rides for something out of the ordinary if you’re feeling it. 

Also, don’t miss the maple museum and the maple taffy on snow. Before you head out, swing by the maple shop for a bottle of syrup made right there, and check out their maple sugar, infused foods, treats, and even bath and body products.

Pro Tip :Try their maple cotton candy – it’s a sweet twist on a classic treat that’s hard to resist!

Proulx Sugar Bush and Berry Farm

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Address: 1865 O’Toole Rd


Contact Details: +16138332417

Opening Hours: Daily 6  AM–4 PM

Proulx Farm is a sugar shack dream that’s been family-owned in Cumberland since 1920—now in its fourth generation! 

It’s known for its fun seasonal events, but come spring, the sugar bush steals the show. If you’re looking for a day of maple fun, this place has it all. 

You can check out the century-old sugar bush shack, go on a self-guided tour to see how maple syrup is made, and treat yourself to maple taffy on snow, maple cotton candy, or some homemade pie. Also, remember to keep an eye on their classic pancake breakfast, too!

For the kids, there’s a big outdoor play park, slides, a small animal petting farm, and nature trails to burn off all that maple sugar energy. 

Pro Tip :Before you head home, stop by the farm shop to stock up on maple syrup, homemade preserves and jams, honey, seasonal produce, herbs, and other locally made goodies.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm

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Address: 2452 York’s Corners Rd, Edwards


Contact Details: +16138212751

Opening Hours: Per booking basis 

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is a personal favorite of ours for a family-friendly maple outing. This family-run farm makes its syrup the old-fashioned way with wood-fired evaporators in a log cabin, which is pretty cool to see. 

You can explore the grounds on 2 km of walking trails, watch sap flow from giant maple trees, or take a ride on a “slagon”—a fun sled-wagon combo.

There’s also a chance for you to grab a stick of gooey maple taffy on snow, visit the cute farm animals, and then head to the pancake house for a hearty breakfast. 

Pro Tip :Make sure to stop by the farm shop, which is attached to the original 1850s stone farmhouse. They have awesome locally made products like house-made dressings, fresh baked goods, farm-raised beef, prepared meals, maple treats, and of course, fresh maple syrup

Trillium Ridge Sugarworks

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Address: 254 Maple Sugar Rd, Shannonville


Contact Details: +16133965141

Opening Hours: Per booking basis

Right in the heart of Tyendinaga Township on Maple Sugar Road, Trillium Ridge Sugarworks has been perfecting their craft for over 40 years. 

They produce pure, organic maple syrup using a wood-burning evaporator and are run by a mixed Indigenous-settler family who honor their heritage. 

Their syrup is award-winning and to absolutely crave for, having snagged the Grand Champion Reserve at the Royal Winter Fair, and has been certified organic for over a decade too (talk about overachieving)! 

When you visit, you can hike the sugar bush trails, see how the syrup is made, and enjoy a delicious pancake brunch. 

Pro Tip :If you’re there in the spring, try their birch syrup – it’s a unique twist on the traditional maple flavor and a rare find!

Wheeler’s Maple Products

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Address: 1001 Highland Line, McDonalds Corners


Contact Details: +16132782090

Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 9 AM–3 PM

Wheeler’s Maple is one of Ontario’s biggest maple syrup producers, tapping over 20,000 trees. This sugar mill business has been in the game for over 30 years and is a must-visit if you’re into maple syrup. 

When you visit, you can walk, ski, or snowshoe through their trails and see the impressive 300 km of pipeline used to transport maple sap to the Sugar Camp.

During your tour, make sure to check out Wheeler’s maple syrup museum, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of maple syrup artifacts in the world. 

There’s also a national historic plaque that explains the significance of maple syrup to Canada. And, of course, don’t miss the pancake house for a sweet and hearty brunch. 

Pro Tip :Check out their maple syrup taffy—it’s a delicious treat and a fun experience to watch them make it right in front of you!

Temple’s Sugar Bush

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Address: 1700 Ferguson Falls Rd, Lanark


Contact Details: +16132537000

Opening Hours: Per booking basis 

Temple’s Sugar Bush is a gem you won’t want to miss. Just a short drive west of Ottawa in Lanark County, this family-owned maple farm has over 70 acres of maple trees and nearly 5,000 taps. 

You can also stroll through the Sugar Bush Trail to see the working sugar bush in action, and then head to their gorgeous timber-frame pancake house built with massive pine beams.

But what you absolutely need to while you’re in their mills is treat yourself to a stack of buttermilk pancakes covered in their delicious maple syrup. Before you leave, grab a bottle of syrup, some maple butter, or pancake mix to enjoy at home.

Pro Tip :Don’t miss their maple butter – it’s perfect on toast and makes a great gift for friends and family!

Sand Road Maple Farm

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Address: 3030 Goldfield Rd S, Finch


Contact Details: +16135382991

Opening Hours: Per booking basis 

Just a few miles southeast of Ottawa, you’ll find one of the greatest sugar shacks in Ontario: The Sand Road Maple Farm in Moose Creek. 

The farm is nestled in a stunning 75-acre maple forest. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the best of maple season with nature trails, horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends, and a fun kids’ play area. 

Also, the highlight, though, is their majestic large pine lodge, which hosts one of the best sugar shack breakfasts around.

If we were in your shoes visiting here, we’d come hungry and dive into a hearty breakfast with pancakes, maple ham, homemade maple baked beans, eggs, home fries, toast, and oreilles de crisses (crispy, ear-shaped bacon that’s a French-Canadian favorite). 

Pro Tip: Be sure to try their homemade maple baked beans – they’re a delicious twist on a classic and perfect for a cozy meal at home. They’re packed with rich maple flavor and make for a hearty, comforting dish that’s perfect for any time of year.

Kortright Maple Syrup Festival 

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Address: Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbridge


Contact Details: +14166676295

Opening Hours: Per booking basis

If you’re near Toronto and craving a maple adventure, Kortright’s Maple Syrup Festival is a must-visit. 

It’s just a quick 10-minute drive north of the city as well, and this mill is incredible for families and even school trips. 

You can hop on a wagon ride, enjoy live entertainment, and see ice carving and magic shows. They also have cool demonstrations showing how maple syrup has been made over the years.

For something special, check out their Maple Syrup Evenings. With lantern-lit trails, campfires, and more, it’s a magical way to experience the sugar bush after dark.

Pro Tip: Don’t miss the nighttime lantern-lit trail – it adds a magical touch to your visit and is perfect for a cozy evening out!

Mountsberg’s Maple Town

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Address: 2259 Milburough Town Line, Campbellville


Contact Details: +19058542276

Opening Hours: Per booking basis 

For a fun maple experience close to Hamilton, head over to Mountsberg Conservation Area. Their Maple Town is a great spot for spring festivities. This sugar bush has been making maple syrup for over 150 years, and there’s plenty to do. 

You can walk along the maple trivia trail, check out historical sites about Indigenous sugar makers, and see how syrup is made up close in the sugar shack.

Also, you seriously don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy some maple taffy on snow or fresh pancakes drenched in syrup at the pancake pavilion. For your last stop, swing by the country store to pick up a few bottles of maple syrup and some maple candies.

Pro Tip: Check out their maple trivia trail—it’s a fun way to learn some interesting facts while enjoying the beautiful outdoors!

Shaws Maple Syrup

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Address: 493 14 Line S, Oro-Medonte


Contact Details: +17053254347

Opening Hours: Daily 8 AM–4 PM

If you’re looking for a maple adventure in Orillia and Lake Country, Shaw’s Maple Syrup is a great spot to check out. They’re part of the Tap into Maple event, and there’s a bunch of fun activities going on. 

Orillia is quite a long walk and drive, so if you’re too lazy to do so (like us), just take a tour of the sugar bush, hike their historical trail, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the maple forests. They also have both indoor and outdoor seating for their pancake meals.

You can easily spend the whole day at Shaw’s, or, if you’re up for it, join the Tap into Maple tour and visit several different sugar shacks in the region.

Pro Tip: Ride on one of their amazing horse-drawn carriage rides—it’s a unique and relaxing way to see the beautiful maple forests!

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