For the Love of Maple

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If there was only one word I could use to describe Spring in Hastings County, it would be…MAPLE! In late Winter and early Spring, there are maple-fests, pancake breakfasts, and sugar bush events happening in the area almost every weekend! It’s a great opportunity to get out there and have some family fun while enjoying some delicious pancakes covered in sweet, local maple syrup. If you’re a maple syrup lover, (and come on, who isn’t?!) it’s likely one of your favourite times of the year! 

For our maple syrup fix, we decided to take the kids to Madoc and check out the 1850’s Sugar Bush at O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area. All I had to do was say the word “pancakes” to the boys and they practically ran out the door. So naturally, the first thing we did when we arrived at the Mill…was head straight towards the glorious smell of pancakes and sausages! The boys decided that the “youth pancake breakfast” option simply wasn’t enough pancakes for them, so they requested we order them the adult size. It turns out, they weren’t wrong! They both devoured those pancakes and sausages covered in delicious maple syrup and promptly asked for more! 

While we were enjoying our pancakes, we noticed some families delight in maple taffy around the cozy campfire next to us. So, after we had our fill of pancakes and sausage, we went over and tried some maple taffy.

Let me tell you, it doesn’t get more Canadian than putting maple syrup on a stick and rolling it in the snow to make a delicious treat! Our youngest had two! I think he was a fan! 

After we enjoyed our taffy, we grabbed a hot chocolate and took a nice walk through the woods where they had a few different maple demonstrations going on. Various trees were tapped with buckets attached to collect the sap. We stopped at a little cabin and checked out the maple syrup finishing pan in action. This is just one of the many steps involved in the maple syrup making process. 

O’Hara Mill Homestead knows how to throw a great maple event the whole family will love! In addition to the yummy breakfast we enjoyed, there was also horse-drawn wagon rides, wood cutting demonstrations, and colouring activities for the little ones in one of the buildings. I also loved the campfires they had set up throughout the village. It was a pretty chilly March day, so it was nice to have a place to warm up before heading off to the next activity. 

Maple season is still in full swing in Hastings County, so if you haven’t had the chance to get out there and enjoy some maple fun just yet, not to worry! There are still plenty of events your family will love!

We continue to have a blast wandering our way through Hastings County, and I hope we have inspired your family to do a little wandering of your own!



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345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

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gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

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Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

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It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)