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It’s that sweet time of year as maple syrup begins to flow across the Lake Simcoe area.

And Ontario’s Lake Country is again presenting its popular Tap into Maple experience. Continuing until the end of April, Tap into Maple is an opportunity to visit the region’s maple syrup producers, enjoy special maple-themed festivals and events, and enjoy delicious local maple-inspired cuisine.

One of the best ways to enjoy Tap into Maple is to explore the specially-designed self-driving route that takes visitors to many unique attractions. The “all things maple” route has 14 stops, ranging from local maple syrup producers with tours and tastings, attractions with special family activities, restaurants and cafes with maple-inspired goodies, and shops featuring local syrup and homemade goods.

“This is the fifth year of Tap into Maple and each year the participating producers and businesses get more creative with their products and maple-inspired activities,” explains Sven Sloeserwij, Marketing Coordinator with Ontario’s Lake Country. “There’s something for everyone – you can get outside and tour a sugar bush, enjoy local maple cuisine, learn about cooking with maple products, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and, of course, bring home sweet treats to enjoy all year long!”

In addition to the driving routes, there are also special events to enjoy, such as the Sweetwater Harvest Festival at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, a “Very Important Bunny” breakfast at Hewitts’ Farm Market & Bakery, and March Break specials at Shaw’s Sugar Bush and the Orillia Museum of Art & History.

Many of the area’s restaurants and resorts are offering special maple-inspired menus, and if you’re looking for an overnight, Casino Rama Resort has put together a Tap into Maple Getaway for Two.

It’s easy to plan your Tap into Maple outing. Just visit for information on all of the participating producers, businesses and activities. You can download the Tap into Maple brochure, complete with route map and coupons for discounts and free products. Brochures are also available for pick up throughout the region at select travel centres and participating businesses.

Bring your sweet tooth, and Tap into Maple this spring, starting March 1.  While exploring, visitors are encouraged to share their Tap into Maple experiences by using #TapIntoMaple. Discover, taste, see, smell and shop all things maple on the sweetest route in Central Ontario! For more information, visit

Tap into Maple is supported by the City of Orillia, Township of Oro-Medonte, Township of Severn, Bruce Grey Simcoe, and Casino Rama Resort.

In the photos: Get out and experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario’s Lake Country – running throughout March and April. Visit to discover all the ways you can Tap into Maple!

Bert Harrington stokes the fire and the sap is boiling at The FarmGate, just west of Brechin, and one of the 14 stops on this year’s Ontario’s Lake Country Tap into Maple route.

Article and photos courtesy of Ontario's Lake Country.

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