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The Gold Rush in Algoma: Maple Syrup Time

Updated: By Sheri Minardi

So sweet, delicious and considered northern gold is the sap run in Algoma. It is that time of year once again to enjoy maple syrup on pancakes and French toast throughout the region’s pancake houses.

Maple Syrup is made from the sap from the abundant maple trees which are abundant in Algoma. For generations, the art of making syrup has been passed down from generation to generation originating with the first peoples of the area, the Anishinaabe.




People in the Algoma region begin the yearly rituals of either collecting the sap to make the liquid gold or collect their family members and make the yearly visits to the local pancake houses. What a wonderful time of year as the temperatures are more bearable, the sun is shining and the sweetest treats are being served from maple syrup, maple sugar candy to maple butter.


Good Eats – Sugar Shacks and Festivals:

Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – Conservation Authority Sugar Shack
Pancakes, Sausages, Coffee, Tea, Milk and Juice. Saturdays and Sundays, March 18 to April 9th 2017 from 9am to 1pm. The Conservation Authority Sugar Shack is located at 1100 Fifth Line East. Call 705-945-8530.
Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children (6-12) $5 and children (0-5) Free
Start time: 9am
Location: Sugar Shack, 1100 Fifth Line East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Gilbertson’s Pancake House – St. Joseph Island
They are open Monday March 6, 2017 and our Spring Season will run through to Saturday April 23, 2017. The hours are Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm and closed Sundays. Click here for the Spring Menu

Mill Market Syrup Festival
March 2017
35 Canal Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Royal Canadian Legion – St. Joseph Island
The 50th Annual Maple Syrup Festival will be held April 1 and 2, 8 and 9, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday). The annual festival will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374 for an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast! Breakfast sausages, juice, coffee and tea will also be served, and of course with the famous fresh, sweet maple syrup from the island. Local food and craft vendors will also be on-site. Local Sugar Bushes will be open for tours on these days.
Adults $9.50
Seniors $8.50
Children (under 12 years of age) $5.00
Phone Number: 705-246-2494

St. Joseph Island Lions Club – Hilton Beach
April 23, 2017
St. Joseph Island Lions Club “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfasts” (4th Sunday of the month except December) Hilton Beach Community Hall
Phone Number: 705-989-4110


Maple Syrup Companies:

Biggar’s Pure Maple Products ♦ 2820 Hwy 548 (on the way to Village of Hilton Beach) ♦ 705-246-0394

Cooper Maple Products ♦ 604 B Line Road ♦ 705-246-2634 ♦ ♦ “Fire Brewed For Flavour”

Crowder’s Maple Syrup ♦ Huron Line Road ♦ 705-949-7449

Fairisle Maple Products ♦ 1333 P Line Road (Hwy 548) ♦ 705-246-3763 ♦

Gilbertson’s Maple Products ♦ 3090 Huron Line (Hwy 548) ♦ 705-246-2066 ♦

Irwin’s Maple Products ♦ 2600 20th Side Road

Kent Bros ♦ 2704 A Line Road ♦ 705-246-2420

Marg & George Willoughby Syrup Producer ♦ 2605 20th Side Road ♦ 705-246-2694 ♦

McLean Maple Products ♦ 1464 Richards Street (Hwy 548) ♦ 705-246-2017

Mountain Gardens Maple Syrup Producer ♦ 1826 P Line Road ♦ 705-246-1826 ♦

Mountain Maple Products ♦ 1300 P Line Road ♦ 705-246-2630

Oak-Pine Farm Maple Syrup Producer ♦ 825 P Line Road (Hwy 548) ♦ 705-246-2200

Thompson’s Maple Products ♦ 2896 10th Side Road ♦ 705-246-2970

Wesley Stevens ♦ 2891 A Line Road ♦ 705-246-2264 ♦

What a wonderful time of the year to get out from under winter’s grasp and enjoy the best of what Algoma has to offer this spring!



All photos property and courtesy of Sheri Minardi.

About Sheri Minardi

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Sheri Minardi is a retired teacher from the Algoma District School Board. Along with the love of teaching, Sheri has a passion for photography. Sheri Minardi Photography captures the magnificent Algoma region through her lens. She loves to set out on adventures to capture Wildlife, Landscape and Still Life.

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