At 8:00 am on February 15, 2022, Terri-Lynn and Tom Shaw of Shaws Maple Syrup were especially pleased to open the doors of the Pancake House for the 2022 Maple Season. It was fantastic to welcome guests back after two of the most unusual maple seasons in our 118 year history.
Two Unusual Maple Seasons
The 2020 Maple Season in was cut short abruptly on March 17, 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Canada and the province entered a state of emergency. All restaurants, schools, theatres and many businesses stayed closed until or event through the summer.
The pandemic continued to disrupt lives and businesses during the 2021 Maple Season. While the province of Ontario was still under sever protective measures, a limited amount of indoor dining was permitted and Shaws provided socially distanced service to guests in both our Pancake House and our new expanded seating facility. We also improvised and provided the occasional take-out breakfast and we set up seating for outdoor dining when the weather allowed.
Welcoming Guests and a Return to Events
As we enter the 2022 Maple Season, we are delighted to be able to welcome guests back for dining. We ensure that all the necessary COVID-19 precautions are in place to keep our guests and staff as safe as possible. We also do everything we can so guests can enjoy a traditional maple experience – a delicious warm meal including pancakes, french toast, sausages or perhaps a maple butter tart.
The reduced need for COVID precautions also allows us to start using our expanded seating area for events. It was especially nice to see a couple enjoy a bridal breakfast with friends and family after COVID-19 had forced them to postpone their celebrations.
While it is still a little early for the sap to flow, Tom anticipates a good season ahead with sap likely to flow in early to mid March.
The Pancake House and Sugar Camp are now open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm until Monday April 18, 2022. Please click HERE to see our Pancake House menu.
Please click HERE or on the link below for the announcement of our opening at CTV News Barrie.