Nova Scotia's Maple Industry
Currently, there are
over 70 maple producers in Nova Scotia
with the total number of taps over 300,000. This represents ten percent
of the 36,000 acres of good producing maple sugar trees in the province.
Annual production exceeds 140,000 litres of maple syrup. The bulk of this
crop is sold as syrup. The remainder is used to produce products such
Buying Maple Syrup
Look for "Pure
Maple Syrup" written on the label for genuine, 100 percent pure maple
product. The grades and color class of the syrup will also be on the label
as shown below:
Have you ever been to a "sugaring off" party?
Why not plan one of your own this season.
Your celebration of the maple season can be as simple as a sugar on the snow demonstration and a tasting party, or as elaborate as an evening of night dancing, food and entertainment for all ages.
Proceedure: Boil maple syrup in a medium to large size pot. Most versions suggest 110-120 degrees Celsius on the candy thermometer. If you don't have thermometer, drop a tablespoon of syrup over some hard-packed fresh snow. The maple syrup should be transformed on contact with the cold snow. Suddenly, before you is a waxy, sweet, chewy taffy-like candy, and the taste is unforgettable!!
Glossary -- "Sweet Talk"
Filtering: The process of clarifying pure maple syrup. Raw syrup contains various suspended particles (called "sugar sand") brought out in the boiling process. In earlier days, these particles were "settled out" in bulk containers before retail packaging. Today, we filter through cloth and paper membranes, producing crystal clear syrup.
Shelf Life: Unopened containers of pure maple syrup may be left in a cool, dark place for 6 months without refridgeration. After opening, syrup should be refridgerated. Freezer storage keeps open or unopened containers indefinitely, and the liquid does not solidify. A mold on the surface of opened syrup may be skimmed off, and the product may be reused after heating to 190 degrees Farenheit. Place reheated syrup into a new, airtight container.
Sugaring Time: (Season) Occurs in early spring when days are 35-45 degrees and nights are below freezing. When several of these days occur in succession, sap begins to flow. When nightime temperatures remain above freezing and days warm into the 50's, the trees begin to bud and the season ends.
Tapping: The first step in sugaring, when 7/16 inch diameter holes are drilled about 3 inches deep into the maple tree trunks. Many old trees have been tapped in this way for 75 or more years.
Maple Sugar Producers
There are over 70 maple producers in Nova Scotia, many of them who have camps and welcome visitors, some year-round. Producers are alphabetically listed by county below. Remember, it's always best to phone aheead.
Maple Producers Association
of Nova Scotia. 12 Valley Rd, Westchester Stn,
Thomas Wilson Bell.
Our sugar camp is located 200m off St. Joseph's Road. We have the only commercial sugar bush operation in Antigonish County. Our operation produces syrup from 8000 taps on a pipeline system using reverse osmosis and a 4X12 wood fired evaporator. Visitors are welcome during the season; please call before travelling to the camp to ensure we are in operation.
Cape North Development
Melody Mountain Maple
House & Maple Products
Kirmac Maple Products.
Jamey Baird. RR6, Truro, B2N 5B4
John Kennedy. Truro
Maple Ridge Farms.
Guided tours on request. Camp: New Annan, 6 km from paved road. Sugar off by appointment. Visitors welcome.
Sugar Moon Farm Maple
Products and Pancake House
Open year round offering:
fully licensed Maple Breakfast served all day; Maple Products; Sugar Camp
Tours; Sugar Bush hiking, skiing & snowshoeing trails; Sleigh &
Wagon Rides (seasonally by reservation); Chef's Nights - gourmet maple
dining experiences; Group Bookings & Private Parties
Camp: Central New Annan. Less than 3 km from Route #256 on Government maintained road. (Grist Mill Road) For more detailed directions or prices, please call. Visitors welcome anytime. Year round sales of maple products.
Arnold K Goodwin.
Austin's Sugar Woods,
In operation over 60 years. Keith is a third generation producer. Camp: Rodney, next to Springhill. 1.6 km from paved road (a pleasant walk or drive). Plan a day... sample the taste of maple & experience springtime in the woods. Sugar off times vary. Visitors welcome. Groups call ahead.
12 Valley Rd, Westchester Stn, B0M 2A0.
Come one, come all!! Camp: Westchester Mtn. Distance from paved road: 2 km. Distance from pavement 6 km. Sugar off: Yes, times vary. Visitors welcome. Groups welcome by appointment. Join us for a Tree Tapping Day on March 20/2004 from 1-4:30 pm.
House & Maple Products
Camp: Halfway River, 100 ft from road. Sugar off daily from March 5 to April 11. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Weekdays by appointment. Visitors welcome.
D. L. Hanna & Sons Ltd. RR1, Parrsboro, B0M 1S0
RR3, Southampton, B0M 1W0. Tel:
Camp: 7799 Hwy 2, West Brook. Distance from paved road: Roadside. Sugar off: Yes, times vary. Visitors welcome: 9am-5pm. Groups, please call ahead.
Woods. RR6, Amherst, B4H 3Y4
Frosty Maple Products.
491 Southbrook Rd, RR1, Southampton, B0M 1W0
Camp: 491 South Brook Rd. (Mapleton). Roadside camp. Sugar off on weekends. Visitors welcome. Groups please call ahead.
Gary Hunter. RR1, Springhill, B0M 1X0
Glen Smith. 233 McGee St, RR1, Springhill, B0M 1X0
Hugh Adams. RR1, Southampton, B0M 1W0
Keith Austin. RR1, Springhill, B0M 1X0
Ken Nelson. Box 405, Amherst, B4H 3Z5
Little River Farms. RR3, Oxford, B0M 1P0. Derrick O’Donnell
Kevin McCormick. RR1,
Springhill, B0M 1X0
Camp: Rodney, look for a sign at 820 Rodney Road. Walk or drive 1.6 km from paved road. Bulk operation - packaged product available. Visitors welcome anytime for self guided tours.
Ltd. RR1, Southampton, B0M 1W0
East Mapleton, Lynn Road. Camp roadside (a 10 min walk to tapped trees). Sugar off at various times. Visitors welcome. Groups please call ahead.
Max Spicer. Spencer’s Island, B0M 1S0
Neil Ripley. RR2,
Nappan Station, B0L 1C0
Robin Boss. RR1, Springhill, B0M 1X0
18480 Hwy#2, Fenwick NS, B0I 1C0
Camp: Fenwick, .5 km from paved road. Sugar off daily. Visitors welcome.
Wendell Smith. RR3,
Amherst, B4H 3Y1
Wild Blueberry &
Maple Centre. 105 Lower Main St, Box 338, Oxford, B0M 1P0.
Wyvern Farms Ltd.
762 Wyvern Rd., Collingwood Corner, NS BOM 1EO
Camp: 762 Wyvern Road. Distance from paved road: Roadside. Sugar off: Yes, times vary. Visitors welcome.
Clement Comeau Maple Products. Box 110, RR1, Saulnierville, B0M 2A0
Acadian Maple Products
Easily located at the end of the Hammonds Plains Rd. in Upper Tantallon. See how maple syrup is produced and visit our retail outlet to find a wide assortment of maple products.Items include syrup, cream, butter, sugar, maple flavoured coffee & tea, maple BBQ sauce, maple roasted peanuts, brittle and more. Sugar on snow, weather and conditions permitting. $2/person.
James Hutchinson. Box 2, Upper Musquodoboit, B0N 2M0
David Hill. 6690 Hwy 215, RR1, Maitland, B0N 1T0
Del DeRoche. RR5, Berwick
Maple Sugar Camp.
Camp: off Hwy 101, Exit 11 - 4 miles to Sunken Lake. Distance from paved road 600 yards. Perry and Judi Munro and family. Pancakes/syrup/maple beans/brown breadserved on weekends from mid-March to mid-April. Must phone ahead for appointment -- 4 sittings per day beginning at 10 a.m. Sleigh rides available on weekends. Sugar off weekends and by appointment.
Black River Maple
Products. Box 55, Mabou, B0E 1X0
Camp: 1 km in on MacLellan’s Rd. off Hwy #19 in Black River between Mabou and Inverness. Open March and April. Visitors welcome, please call ahead.
M. C. Vienot & Sons. RR6, Bridgewater, B4V 2W5
Rex Vienot Maple Products.
Maplewood, RR1, Barss Corner, B0R 1A0
Dalhousie Maple Products.
RR2, Durham, B0K 1H0
Family operated, dedicated to top quality. Because our sugar bush is located in a remote area, we have established a small packaging plant at our Durham location. Visitors are always welcomed.
Greg & Marie Morois. Box 248, Pictou, B0K 1H0
Murdock Sutherland. RR1, Scotsburn, B0K 1R0
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