About Maple Syrup

Tom Shaw has been thinking, learning and talking about maple syrup his entire life. Like his dad and grandfather before him, Tom can often be found by the evaporator chatting to guests about maple syrup. Two of the things Tom loves MOST about maple syrup – it is so essentially Canadian and so completely natural.  If you had the chance to visit with Tom, here are some things he would tell you about Shaws Maple Syrup: 

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Tom answers a LOT of great questions about maple syrup in this Connected to the Land podcast.  Click here to listen. 

Made Exclusively From Our Own Maple Trees

Shaws maple syrup is made from the sap of more than 4,500 sugar maple trees located on our property. Sugar maples are the longest living trees in this part of the world and come can live up to 400 years. While each year is different, the sap in the trees often starts to run sometime in mid-February or March. Maple sap runs best when it is warm, or above freezing, during the day and cold, or below freezing, during the night. The maple season often lasts between two and eight weeks, depending on the weather pattern. Once the tree has enough sap to feed its developing buds, the sap stops flowing.  

Collecting Sap and Tending to the Trees

We collect sap by drilling a hole in the tree, inserting a tap and capturing excess sap as it runs through the tree. Since it is excess sap, the tree is not harmed in the process. We are careful to tend to our trees year round; when it is necessary we thin the bush so trees can thrive and we move the location of taps regularly. We only tap healthy trees. Taking care of the trees is critical to maintaining a useful flow of sap. The tables in our pancake house are made from our downed trees. If you look closely at the cross-cut sections of trees in the tables, you will see how the tap positioning in the tree changed over many maple seasons. 

Making Syrup from Sap

The maple sap that is collected from the tree is about 98% water and 2% sugar. When Tom’s great-great grandfather started making maple syrup in 1904, it took him two and a half hours of boiling over an open flame to make syrup from sap. He would also have to be careful to keep the fire at a constant temperature so he didn’t burn the syrup and waste the batch. 

Decades of experience have allowed the Shaw family to innovate and adapt the way we make syrup. We have invested in a process of reverse osmosis that removes a lot of the water from the sap before we boil it. We’ve made many other changes to the process but our constant goal is to make a consistent, high quality syrup in the most efficient way possible.  Click HERE to read more about our history. 

The Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a wonderful, unique and nutritious sweetener. Maple syrup has also been shown to have a number of health benefits such as aiding with digestion and improving the effect of antibiotics. Described as one of the world’s last wild harvested foods, maple syrup comes directly from nature and does not require a lot of refining like some other sweeteners. 

Maple syrup is also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been proven to have a number of health benefits such as reducing inflammation, preventing cancer, and slowing the effects of aging.

Visit our Pancake House and Maple Tree't Shop for Maple Goodies

You will find many maple goodies in our Maple Tree’t shop including: maple sugar, maple candy, and even maple butter.   Come visit us and enjoy all that maple syrup has to offer. During Maple Season we are open every day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can find our Pancake House menu here. If you want to be SURE we are boiling, we encourage you to please call ahead (705) 325-4347.

Maple Taffy on the Snow

Ruthanne makes taffy on the snow

Kids of all ages LOVE maple taffy on the snow. If we have enough staff on-hand, we often make it at the pancake house for guests during maple season. We’ve been doing it for decades!  

If you feel like making it at home, just follow these three simple steps: 

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