Maple Syrup – A Photo Diary

In true Canucker fashion we celebrated maple month, by visiting our local sugarbush. From a tractor ride to sampling sap straight from the tree tap, our experience at Horton Tree Farms was the epitome of spring fun!

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Upon arrival, we jumped on the tractor while soaking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Ready for an adventure!

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As its name suggests, Horton Tree Farm doubles as a Christmas tree farm.

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So much to do, where to start?

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“Sugar maple sap is 3% sugar, 96% water. Sap flows in the trunk only when it thaws by day and freezes at night. This occurs for 4-5 weeks in the springs. Tapholes are bored 5-6 cm, into the sapwood. Each hole may yield 20-40 litres of sap in a season.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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Remember these?

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Did you know, it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup?

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The sap must be boiled, to evaporate the water content. As the water evaporates, the sap thickens and caramelizes.

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A Canadian spring – too cold to swim but too warm to skate. We will settle for sunshine.

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“North American natives discovered maple syrup thousands of years ago. This was one of the few natural sources of sugar available to them. To natives, syrup making is a spiritual event, representing balance between men and women. The sap represents woman and the fire represents man. When the two are brought together in perfect balance, sweet syrup is made representing the children.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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After our adventure, we could not wait to dig into a plate full of maple syrup drenched pancakes. Good news: It was better than we could have dreamed. Bad news: We were so excited, we forgot cameras existed.

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While working off the pancakes, we made a lovely new friend.

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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

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Shaded haystacks and vintage skates: The end to a perfect day.

Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Chinos: J.Crew Cap: Bass Pro Shops Sunglasses: Spy Optic
Watch: G-Shock (similar) Running Boots: Pajar CANADIAN BRAND (similar)

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5 Unique Places to Stay Across Canada

Spring is in the air and we are heading into the 14th week of 2017. Perfect time to start using up those vacation days, n’est-ce pas?

Below are five Instagram worthy accommodations across Canada, from tree pods in BC to a railway caboose in PEI.

modern cabin

Ultra modern cabin in Columbia-Shuswap A, BC for $449 per night – Airbnb

mongolian yurt

Mongolian yurt in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory for $111 per night – Airbnb

pumpkin house

A museum guesthouse in Twillingate, NL for $248 per night – Airbnb

blue caboose

A train caboose in Flat River, PEI for $155 per night – Airbnb

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Forest spheres in Qualicum Beach, BC for $175 per night – Free Spirit Spheres

A Short History of a Canadian Icon: The Hudson’s Bay Company

An influential part of Canada’s past and the oldest incorporated joint-stock merchandising company in the world, Hudson’s Bay continues to play a dominant role in Canada and its retail sector.

Two Frenchmen, Médard Chouart des Groseilliers and Pierre-Esprit Radisson reached out to an interested English Prince Rupert after failing to garner the necessary support from France. They proposed a trading company in Canada to benefit from the rich fur resources found in the interior Hudson Bay basin.

Prince Rupert was granted ownership of a million and a half square miles (over 40% of modern day Canada) surrounding Hudson Bay by his cousin King Charles. It was aptly named Rupert’s Land.

The Hudson’s Bay Company was founded in 1670, with exclusive trading rights. Beaver fur was largely in demand due to the exceeding popularity of fur hats in Europe. As such, the chief focus of HBC between 1670 and 1870 was fur trade.

Local aboriginals participated in fur hunting, trading in their spoils for European goods and tools. One popularly traded commodity was the now iconic point blanket.

In 1869 HBC traded Rupert’s Land back to the English crown, in return for large sums of money and significant land holdings. By 1870 Rupert’s Land was incorporated into the newly independent Canada.

By 1913 the company’s focus had moved towards retail and they opened the first of the original six department stores, in Calgary. To this day, the Hudson’s Bay Company remains an iconic driving force in Canada’s retail sector, with over 90 department stores across the country.

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Sweater: Hudson’s Bay Company (sold out) Chinos: J.Crew
Shirt: Hugo Boss Hat: Goorin Bros (similar)