An Algonquin Park photo taken by one of our guests.
ALGONQUIN PARKAn Algonquin Park photo taken by one of our guests.

TESTIMONIALS

Making Maple Syrup - A Forest's Story
Ottawa Valley Maple Adventures

I really enjoyed the accommodation, the hospitality, our group and our shared experiences.
Barrie Martin 2016

Don and Mary Helen Deakin truly make you feel at home from the moment you walk in the door. ...
Don Deakin has figured out a way to bring the entire maple experience to his visitors any time of year.  …
The entire experience resulted in a beautiful bottle of Maple Syrup of my very own making for me to enjoy back home with my family.
Mary Chong Calculated Traveller Magazine 2016

In the 1910 style Sugar Shack we went for the next stage of the experience where we boiled the sap, tested, filtered and bottled our syrup.
Sharon Mandelaoui  Dream Travel Magazine 2015

Making actual syrup at Don's was an amazing experience that most people don't get to try.  Don's hands on activity was well set up, great to complete it in pairs instead of as a small group.  Really awesome. …
I loved my meal at the Wilno tavern! Everything was so delicious …
Loved Chris's entertainment, engaging explanation, amazing food [at Whitewater]  Loved it.    
Melissa Lindsay                                                               

Dining and conversing at the Deakins with the hosts – afternoon snack and maple syrup tasting set the tone well and was delicious. Breakfast was delicious and the Deakins are so hospitable and warm …
I loved the interaction component during the guided forest tour with Don – identifying trees, holding the pieces of logs, trying our hand at ‘tapping trees’, the surprise sap, etc. Don was an approachable guide and I thought he did a great job of storytelling rather than look/see through the woods – as in, how these pieces of wood tie into the maple syrup story. Great job!   …
Mapleside tour, sampling and walking around grounds. It was great to get some fresh air and a walk in after lunch and I loved the surprise planting a tree to give back, really ties in in a lovely way. Ray was a very engaging and charismatic guide. The maple sampling was amazing and I loved going through the various varieties and comparing with Don’s. …Whitewater Brewery – excellent quality and surpassed expectations. Great environment and low key, laid back tour of brewery and beer sampling. After a long day of tours, this was the appropriate amount of “tour” and I was truly wowed by the quality of the meal. Great service.              
Stephanie Hessel 2016

The best part of the tour was the people we visited with  …
Ray’s charisma and knowledgeable tour of his forest was mesmerizing …
The gentlemen at Shaw Woods were so humble and willing to share their hard work with us, top notch.
Trevor McGarry 2016 

Food was amazing at every venue. The foodie in me was elated …
The tour of The Deakin’s sugar bush: I loved all the hands-on activities and sugar making at the shack. Don’s teaching ability definitely shines through …
It was really neat that every place talked about the importance of sustainability of the trees and the various forest management practices in place.
Stephanie Park 2016

Making maple syrup with Don is a truly hands-on experience that I believe every visitor (especially the int’l market) would love to try. Not to mention the back and forth banter between Don and Mary Helen and Mary Helen’s hilarious sense of humour! Don and Mary Helen ARE the Deakins’ experience!  …
Ray did an excellent job with his presentation and explanation of his business with Mapleside Sugar Bush. The tasting of the various products was great, and tree planting at the end was a fantastic idea!  …
Having the group create a meal and then dine together [at Spectacle Lake Lodge] fostered that sense of community and friendship.
Melissa Marquardt 2016 

                             

                                                                        

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