There is a time in Eastern Ontario
spring when the temperature oscillates
day and night
between being above 0 degrees during the day and below freezing at
It is the time when there is usually still snow on the ground, no pesky
bugs and the
off the snow is bright enough to send local residents scurrying to the
to buy sun glasses to protect their eyes from the glaring sun.
Annual Weather Summary
November 2022 to October 2023
Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation
and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- and late November,
early and late December, early and late January, and late February.
The snowiest periods will be in late November, early December, and
mid-January. On average, April and May temperatures will be near
normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation.
It is also the time when maple
sap starts to flow from the trees to wood fired evaporators
almost transparent sap into the golden sweet maple syrup which is
first crop of every year. Sap collection and subsequent boiling
has happened a long time
since the first settlers located here some 300 years ago.
Maple syrup on North America is
graded under the following colour classifications
||Percentage of Light Transmission
||75% or more
||50% or more but less than 75%
||25% or more but less than 50%
||Less than 25%
In Ontario, it is produced under
Regulation 119 Ontario Maple Syrup Regulations
tdc's FarmGate went out with the
1st Sydenham Ontario's Beaver Troop and their
family and friends to "Maple Madness" at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
in Kingston Ontario Canada to find out what making maple syrup is all
this photo essay to help the world understand why people who live in
feel passionately that maple syrup production is part of their heritage.