Spring is just around the corner, I can almost see the sunshine at the end of this icy winter.
One of my favourite things to do when the snow begins to melt is visit a sugar bush. Maple syrup season “officially” starts in late February, and I’m just going to wait a little bit before heading out with my family.
We love visiting Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. It is a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day, and is short distance from Ottawa. Parking is free too!
If you head down early, you can enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat-pancake brunch before you start exploring the farm. The brunch is nothing short of a feast that includes pancakes, french toast, beans and sausages served. They have a few other items on their menu as well for those looking for some variety.
My favourite part about Stanley’s Olde Farm - besides brunch- is the number of activities available to help pass the day and enjoy the outing.
For example, you can ride in a horse-drawn sleigh through the farm to see all of the maple trees. This is an especially enjoyable activity around the last few days of snow, as you get to see the trees and hills covered in white. The ride will set you back $4.75 per person.
Stanley’s farm is of course, still a farm. So it’s natural that they have animals around for little children to visit and see. The barns are filled with horses, pigs, cow and sheep and is free to visitors.
And of course the point of visiting a sugar bush is to see how the sap turns into syrup, and eventually ends up on your pancakes. Stanley’s not only let’s you see the the process, but also has some delicious taffy in snow for you to try at $2.50 per serving.
Don’t sit too long on the idea of visiting the sugar bush, as maple syrup season ends in early April. You have just over a month to get your fill of winter-fresh maple!
Details: Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm 2452 Yorks Corners Road Edwards, Ontario K0A 1V0 613-821-2751
It’s open on weekends from 9am to 3pm and they are open most of March Break (closed Monday) from 10am to 2pm.