Sweet Family Time at Sand Road Sugar Camp

Sand Road Sugar Camp

Driving on the highway between Ottawa and Montreal, I have always been intrigued by the sign for the Sand Road Sugar Camp. When I first moved to Ottawa, I imagined it was some type of camp where people got to eat sugar all day. A friend who grew up in the region informed me that the terms sugar bush or camp also refer to where they make maple syrup and serve pancakes. Count me in!

Since my family lives in the east end of Ottawa, Sand Road Sugar Camp was only about a forty minute drive. Just past Casselman, we turned on to Highway 138 towards Cornwall and then onto Sand Road. We were greeted by a scene that looked like a Canadian post card. There was a sleigh with a team of horses providing rides, a large pine lodge where pancakes were being served and pails tapped into the maple trees.

Our son, David, immediately beelined to the pancake buffet. We were served a generous portion of pancakes, sausages, ham, scrambled eggs, and farm fresh bacon (oreilles de crisses) and perhaps most important, good coffee. People could also go for seconds if they wanted.  The dining lodge seats 170 so can accomodate large groups.

The meal was extra special because we were joined by my Dad from Saskatchewan, who had come for March Break. There are not any sugar bushes in Saskatchewan so he loved the new tradition. It was very relaxing to visit near the warm fire as we enjoyed our pancakes.

Sand Road Sugar Camp

It was extra special to have grandpa along on this family adventure.

After a while were starting to get sleepy, so we decided to go check out the sleigh ride.  The horses doing the sleigh ride were magnificent.  The driver informed us they were dapple gray Pecherons.   I just know they were able to pull myself and our family after eating a big pancake breakfast so they must be strong!  It was a beautiful winter day with the fresh snow crunching underneath the sleigh.

We finished off the day with David eating maple taffy from the snow.   I think maple taffy could also be used as a substitute for Crazy Glue.  He did not care as he loves the sweet taste.  

The day we visited, it was too cold to make maple syrup but demonstrations are due take place when the weather cooperates. 

Sand Road is open until April 23.   For details, visit www.sandroadsugarcamp.com

More Maple Season Fun

Maple Weekend is happening April 1 and 2. Check out the details at www.mapleweekend.ca. In past years, activities have ranged from pancake breakfasts to sugar bush trail adventures, sugar making demonstrations, taffy on snow and horse-drawn sleigh-rides.

Sugar Festival 2017 is happening from March 30 to April 4 at the Muséoparc Vanier Museopark, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue in Vanier. See museoparc.ca.

At Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush in Pakenham, this year’s maple harvest runs until April 23. See fultons.ca.

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Sugarbush is at 2452 York’s Corners Road in Edwards.
Its annual Easter Egg Hunt is happening April 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15. See stanleysfarm.com.

Proulx Maple and Berry Farm is at 1865 O’Toole Road in Cumberland. See proulxberryfarm.com.


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