Ontario maple syrup made by traditional methods
using modern equipment.
Open 7 Days A Week - Year Round
41 Leacock Road, Frankville, Ontario
By Chance or Appointment
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Vagaries of a maple syrup run - Recorder & Times article (March 10, 2016)
Maple Syrup is made only in Eastern North America, however this delightful 100% pure natural sweetener is enjoyed by people around the world. Native Americans taught the European settlers how to gather the sap from maple trees and boil it down to produce maple syrup. Today, modern equipment is used to make maple syrup, but the process is still the same.
Maple syrup is made during March and April when the weather conditions are right. It must freeze at night and thaw during the day.
At Gibbons Family Farm we produce quality maple syrup using a mix of traditional methods and modern equipment.
We have 4500 taps spread over 100 acres of maple bush. Approximately 44 kilometers of pipeline is strung throughout our maple bush to collect the sap. We use a tractor pulling a trailer with a 3000 litre tank to bring the sap from storage tanks in the maple bush to our maple sugar house.
It takes about 40 litres of maple sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup. We use a modern wood fired evaporator to boil the sap. We are proud of our maple syrup and would like to show you how it is made.
To learn more about the maple syrup process and to see us in action, we welcome you to visit us.
Year Round at Gibbons Maple Sugar House and Museum:
|Sugarhouse and Store
- we are open 7 days a week, free admission
- farm gate store with our maple syrup and a variety of fine maple products
- see our modern sugar house with all the equipment used to make the maple syrup
- see displays from the past and present of maple syrup making
- watch a video showing the process of maple syrup production
- taste sampling - free
- bus tours are welcomed by appointment
During the Maple Season on the last two Saturdays of March and the first two Saturdays of April, we offer all of the above plus:
- make your own Maple Taffy on Snow - free of charge
- take a walk to the maple bush to see if the sap is running
- guided tours of the maple sugar house and museum
- For 2016, Parrot Partner will be on site for an interactive, educational experience with parrots. West Winds Ranch will be on site with a petting zoo of farm animals and offering pony rides. See the Events page for complete details and dates.
Pancake BreakfastA pancake breakfast with our pure maple syrup along with sausages, orange juice and coffee is served by the Anglican Parish of Kitley members each year on the last two Saturdays of March and first two Saturdays of April. The breakfast is held at the Anglican Parish of Kitley Church Hall in Frankville at 2 Church Street (Gibbons Sugar House is located 3 kms East of Frankville/the church hall). Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on a first come, first served basis.
We're Easy To Find
We're located only:
Head east on Kitley Line 8 from Frankville; after 2.5kms, veer to the left
onto Leacock Road. We're the first farm on the right (#41).
- 25 km from Smiths Falls
- 30 km from Brockville
- 100 km from Ottawa
GPS: 44° 44.560′ N
75° 55.950′ W
Gibbons Family Farm
41 Leacock Road, RR 1
For more information:
Toll Free 1-877-440-7887