The Fortune Farms Experience

Almonte sugarbush activities at Fortune FarmsAt Fortune Farms we take the time with our visitors to explain the art and science of maple syrup making. During the season we boil fresh sap nearly every day to make syrup. We also make maple candy and maple “butter”. You can see the full process on the Tree to Treat flowchart.

On weekends the Shanty Men operate a small wood-fired evaporator and the Kettle Boys tend their kettles over open fires just for visitors. You can experience the pioneer methods of making syrup and then taste the differences resulting from traditional to modern syrup making.

Making maple taffy

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After a walk in the sugar bush along an interpretive trail and then back to the sugar camp to enjoy fresh taffy on the snow.

The Fortune family will do their best to make your visit to the sugar bush a tasty and educational experience.

You are invited to smell the steam, taste the fresh syrup and watch all the action!

What Our Visitors Say

Our visitor book shows visitors from many foreign countries. Several of these visitors were making their first trip to Canada to see our forests and enjoy a maple experience. Some of the more distant countries are Australia. Singapore, Switzerland, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, England, Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany. Of course most visitors come from Ontario, but visitors have also come from every Province and Territory in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Best interactive sugar bush I have ever been to – you make use feel as part of the family and your love for your syrup can be found in ever drop!! Jaki Green

Great day to tour Fortune Farms. Many maple products to sample and buy. We will certainly be back! Valorie Wright Illingworth

Best ever and lots of trails to walk, history to learn from and the Kettle Boys. Jocelyn Remus-Robinson

Our visit to Fortune Farms was an entertaining, interactive and educational experience. We had fun with the Kettle Boys’ show, with wooden toys and their fresh boiled syrup and snowball toffee. We were able to see the historical and modern ways of making syrup. There were youngsters and seniors with us and they both really enjoyed the outing. Best of all we were able to visit a glorious sugar maple bush and bring home some tasty maple syrup, maple syrup candy and some great photos. The McLellan family, Hammond Ontario

[Our family] has been going to Fortune Farms for years and it is always an enjoyable experience. We look forward to the outing each year as a celebration of the end of winter and the onset of warmer weather. The fact that Fortune Farms is a family run operation takes the commercial edge out of the equation and makes the visit all the more enjoyable. The walk through the sugar bush up to where the Kettle Boys hang out is a must as is the taste of fresh maple taffy on snow. Whatever your preferences, the Fortune Family will make and effort to ensure that your visit is fun as well as educational. The Thuswaldner family