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“great tour, reasonable prices for maple syrup”

Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Huntsville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sugarbush Hill is a "State Of The Art" maple sugaring operation near the Town of Huntsville. We are the largest sugarhouse open 5 days a week to the public on a year round basis in the District of Muskoka. We offer 100% pure maple syrup and other delicious maple products produced right here from our own sugarbush. SUGARHOUSE TOURS and TASTINGS from May to October, please check tour times and hours on our website under "Contact" and "Tours Details". Reservations and payment via email or phone is required for tours in advance as they fill up quickly. See our huge eco-friendly and highly efficient wood-fired evaporator, many displays of maple antiques and artifacts or stroll our maple forest. From our maple observation deck you have an excellent sight line of "The Big Maple", a slice of the tallest sugar maple ever in Canada. Our "Bucket Wall" can also be easily seen from this vantage point. We would be pleased to take the time to explain the complete maple sugaring process from the past to the present day. A Canadian heritage at it's finest is waiting for you. For your premium MUSKOKA MAPLE EXPERIENCE come to Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm and see what all the fuss has been about for centuries.
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Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were the only couple on the tour, however it was just as thorough, if not more so than had there been a large group of us. I'd say that including the tasting at the end and deciding which products to buy that we were there maybe an hour and a quarter or so.

The tour was very informative and includes the both grounds and the sugar house. My only negative was maybe a bit too much emphasis on old antiques and artifacts, and the boards that they get visitors to sign. Lots of relevant info though, and lots of opportunity to ask questions.

Our tasting included the four grades of maple syrup, maple butter and maple peanuts.

Now the maple syrup. Very reasonably priced, especially when you look at the prices charged in the 'gift shops' for maple syrup. We bought a 1 litre bottle of the 'Amber', the darkest / strongest maple syrup for just $26. We also bought a 500g bag of maple sugar for $16, not sure what I'm gonna do with it though! And in hindsight we should have bought some maple butter as this was absolutely gorgeous.

While the maple syrup is absolutely lovely, the lighter ones maybe not so much - they just tasted a bit ''sugary'' syrupy rather than ''maple'' syrupy if that makes sense. I have to say that the maple syrup we bought in Vermont last summer is nicer - we're just using our last of that at the moment. And we actually didn't buy the darkest / strongest in Vermont either - we bought the third grade as this has a plenty strong enough maple taste. We did buy the strongest / darkest in Vermont as well, but I use that in baking rather than as a pouring maple syrup. I'd say that the Amber maple syrup we bought at Sugarbush hill Maple Farm is actually ever so slightly less 'mapley' than the grade 3 we bought in Vermont. In fact since coming home and trying both side by side we've said that we both prefer the Vermont maple syrup. The Sugarbush Hill maple syrup is really lovely, and nicer than most, it's just not our favourite.

However; a really good tour, friendly owners, very good prices, very good (just not really great, mind you everyone's taste are different!) maple syrup. It's definitely worth an hour or so of your time if you're in the area.

Thank europe-chick
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

Tom and Pauline gave us a great, interesting and elaborate tour about the history and the process of creating maple syrup. They really took the time to show us around even tough it was just the two of us. They are nice and talkative persons and their place is very nice and well organized. After the tour they also took the time to give us some really nice tips about the rest of the Muskoka area. A morning well spend!

Thank Loes00000
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

We were the only visitors on the morning we visited but nothing was too much trouble for Pauline and Tom. The tour was very informative and interesting. The maple syrup samples were delicious as was the fudge sample. What a career change for two former airline cabin crew! All we have to worry about now is how to pack three bottles of maple syrup for the flight home. We can thoroughly recommended a visit.

Thank ValSurreyUK
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Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our visit to Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm was such a highlight of our trip from Australia. Tom and Pauline did a fascinating and detailed tour at no cost, which was incredible given how much we have been paying at all other venues. The farm is beautifully designed and the items of historical maple syrup producing tools from the past were amazing. I can't recommend this trip highly enough. Thanks Tom and Pauline! Rachel :)

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Reviewed July 9, 2015

We visited Sugarbush Hill and what a interesting and facinating Tour we received!
at first we got a thorough tour of the farm - then we tasted different types of maple syrup. We also learned new ways to use maple syrup - maple syrup butter!

Thank Merete S
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