From late February until April enjoy visiting Ottawa and the surrounding countryside to explore the local sugar bushes where you can see how maple syrup is made, go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride and have a pancake breakfast. It is the ultimate Canadian activity and makes for a dreamy brunch. You can devour a stack of pancakes covered in sweet maple syrup. While you are there, don’t forget to pick up a bottle (or two) to bring home.
Temple’s Sugar Bush
Temple’s Sugar Bush is located between Carleton Place and Perth in Ferguson Falls and has 5000 taps, along with a beautiful pancake house that can also host weddings. The sugar bush is open March and April and offers an outstanding breakfast. No admission fee. | Read my full review of Temple’s Sugar Bush
Proulx Maple Farm
The 3rd generation Proulx Maple Farm is located in the east end of Ottawa and offers a traditional sugar bush experience and see how maple syrup is made, go for a hayride (weekends only), and enjoy their brunch. Open weekends only, or weekdays by reservation from the end of February to mid-April. Admission is $5.53 per person.
The Log Farm
The Log Farm is a pioneer-style farm in Nepean that is open from March to April where you can try taffy on the snow, go for a wagon ride, try a Beavertail and see farm animals. Admission is $5.31 per person.
Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush
Fulton’s Pancake House in Lanark County provides the full traditional sugar bush experience from mid-February to the end of April with tours of the syrup making, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a pancake house. Free admission, horse-drawn sleigh rides $3 per person.
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is in Edwards and provided the traditional sugar bush experience including visiting the sugar shack, sleigh rides and pancake breakfast from the end of February to early April. Free admission, the sleigh ride is $4.75 per person.
Omega Park is located in Montebello and from the end of February till mid-March you can enjoy wagon rides, maple taffy and visiting the sugar shack. Admission to the sugar shack is included in the admission fee to the park – $26.96 per adult. | Read my full review of winter at Omega Park.