Please note that the following is a press release issued by Ontario's Lake Country.
We invite you to get out and discover the sweetest route in Ontario this spring! Pick-up your passport and experience all things maple on the Tap into Maple route in Ontario's Lake Country and Springwater. With this mild winter, the local maple syrup producers are geared up for this sweet time of year. With the sun shining and the warmer temperatures, the sap started to flow this past weekend. Seeing the sap dripping into the buckets had us at Ontario's Lake Country (the Destination Marketing Organization for Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara & Severn) excited for the Tap into Maple program to officially kick off on March 1st!
Tap into Maple is a self-guided route that ventures through all of the municipalities in Ontario's Lake Country and Springwater. The program has something for everyone. You can discover maple in our region through stops at some of our most popular eateries, accommodations, sugar bushes, museums and shops. All stops have something to do with maple, the delicious quintessential Canadian flavour!
This year, Nicholyn Farms is hosting the program's launch on February 25th. The market will be abuzz with all things maple. The participating businesses will be in attendance at this event to provide sweet samples and to showcase what they are offering during Tap into Maple season. This year there are five maple syrup producers, four stay and play packages, and many opportunities to discover, taste, see, smell and shop all things maple! Sample delicious maple infused treats at local cafes, farmers' markets and restaurants. Learn about maple production and its history at our local museums, and through our great events. Discover unique maple inspired items at local shops.
The program formally starts on March 1st and runs until May 31st. Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple along the Tap into Maple route, and collect stamps on their passport. Passports can be submitted for a chance to win some fantastic prizes! Visit the website www.TapIntoMaple.com for a full listing of the businesses, events and activities taking place, as well as an interactive map. Be sure to follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we will be posting updates. You can also share your Tap into Maple experience with us by using #TapIntoMaple.
Looking for something to do this March Break? Learn about tapping trees, the production of maple syrup, sample some sap or taste sweet taffy fresh off the snow! These are great family activities that all ages can enjoy. Check out our website for a list of producers, attractions and events.
“We are excited to launch our third year of Tap into Maple” said Jennifer Whitley, Executive Director for Ontario’s Lake Country. “This program has been great to expand on tourism in the region in a usually quieter season. We’re connecting culinary and agri-tourism by working with the local restaurants and producers and tying it all together with overnight stays at local accommodations who are offering unique maple-themed packages. The producers open their facilities and welcome in visitors to see the process of taping the trees and collecting the sap to make the syrup. We enjoy working with all of the businesses, having them connect with one another and promote each other. They like to come up with new ideas on using maple syrup and incorporate it into their offering which has provided a variety of experiences across the region for visitors to come and discover.”
Pick up your passport at any of the participating businesses or travel information centres. Plan your own personal maple route including upcoming events and activities. A map is included as a guide to get you to each of the destination. Make sure to show your passport at each location to get special discounts and sometimes even a complimentary treat – and get a maple stamp at each stop by participating in the program. When you have at least three stamps, you can submit your passport for a chance to win. This year there are three prize categories including; a passports submitted with three or more stamps a random draw will win dinner for 2 at the Grape & Olive Wine & Martini Bistro, tickets to a show at the Orillia Opera House and a gift basket of maple products. A passport submitted with the most stamps will randomly be chosen to win an overnight stay at Bayview Wildwood Resort for two including dinner and breakfast, tickets to a show at the Orillia Opera House and a maple gift basket. New this year children under the age of 17 can submit a passport with three or more stamps, with parental permission, to win a maple gift basket and passes to the Orillia Children’s Literacy Festival.
Discover, taste, see, smell and shop all things maple on the Tap Into Maple Route!
For more information, visit tapintomaple.com.
We would like to thank our municipal and county supporters: Tourism Simcoe County, City of Orillia, Township of Oro-Medonte, Township of Severn & Township of Springwater. We are also thankful for our confirmed media sponsors: Sunshine 89.1, Classical 102.9, Zoomer Radio.
Ontario’s Lake Country is the Destination Marketing Organization for the municipalities of Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara and Severn. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, the area is filled with nature’s best - beautiful, sparkling lakes and rivers, spectacular forests and rolling hills, and an expansive trail system. Ontario’s Lake Country offers major Ontario resorts with premier four-season recreation and getaway experiences. A world class casino, hotel and entertainment complex are just around the corner from a charming city where visitors can discover fascinating shops, enjoy showcase theatre, superb dining, and historical sites. Ontario's Lake Country is funded by Casino Rama and the following municipal funding partners; the City of Orillia, Oro-Medonte Township, Rama First Nation, Ramara Township and Severn Township.