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The Old McEwen Sugar Bush now Temples Sugar Bush

The Old McEwen Sugar Bush now Temples Sugar Bush
The old McEwen Suga Bush now Temples.. The property was clear cut for fire wood in the 1940’s. The regeneration which followed would have included a variety of species such as ash, elm, basswood, hickory, birch, butternut, cherry and, of course, maple. Fortunately, the McEwen family and in particular Bob McEwen, decided to develop this mixed bush into a working sugar bush. Through the 1960’s and 70’s the bush became a demonstration wood lot, with the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, to show the value of proper sugar bush management and thinning techniques. Photo- Carleton Place Canadian

Photo from Arlene Stafford Wilson… click here for more
This maple syrup business near Ferguson Falls has been in Tom McEwen’s family since 1936. The sugar shanty that’s still used today was built in the early 1950s. The public is welcome to stroll through to see an open evaporating system fueled by logs that turns sap to syrup. Sunday travellers can also explore some of about 75 acres of forest and then sample some of the sweet bounty at the McEwen’s pancake house.


FERGUSON FALLS A sweltering day in mid-July is an unlikely time to be wolfing down pancakes and sausages and looking at sugar maples, but the 175 persons who visited McEwen’s Pancake Shanty here Saturday thought it was great. They were members of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association winding up a two- day tour of maple syrup centres in Eastern Ontario. Duncan McArthur of Glengarry said the annual tours are a great idea. “It is a chance to trade ideas with other producers. I’ve picked up a lot of useful ideas.” Bill Langenberg, head of maple syrup research at Kempt-ville College of Agricultural Technology, said this was one of the best attended tours yet. Langenberg said the energy crisis is a big concern to maple syrup producers. Many switched to oil-fired evaporators just in time to be hit hard by rapidly rising oil prices. Some of the smaller ones have gone back to wood-fired evaporators, but that isn’t possible for the big producer. 

Temple’s Sugar Bush Ltd
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For some reason Google thinks we are closed right now! 🤷 Rest assured we are open and ready to serve you a full pancake breakfast. Come out today between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for Temple’s famous buttermilk pancakes with all the fixings. 🥞
Gail Sheen-MacDonaldI went there many times. It was owned by my an uncle of my friend Ed McEwen. I still have (and use) their cookbook

Sherri Iona

My dad had a small sugar bush on the right on Hwy 7 just before the big curve, past Montgomery Shores Rd. The next people who bought it cut down all the maples. There are small trees on the property now and a auto repair. So sad the trees are gone.

But the property on the right before Montgomery Shores, has many evergreens that we helped my dad plant through a ministry program that are still standing. If you look the right way, you see the rows.

Craig Wilson

I remember going…either grade 2 or 3 in Doris Blackburn’s class. My drawing was up on the wall near the door…

Related reading

A few Memories of Maple Syrup

So What Did you Eat with Maple Syrup? Pickles?

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Granny’s Maple Fudge —Lanark County Recipes

Life in the Sugar Bush in the 1800s

What You Might Not Know About The Maples

That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

Sticky Fingers – With Apologies to Edward Gorey –Wheeler’s Pancake House

The Sugar Bush Fairy Poem

The Sugar Bush Fairy Poem

I am so proud to live in Lanark County.. We stand together, we support our farmers and our townfolk..

My heart beats proudly today for the history and love in our county.. Remember we are all in this together..

Outside the air is crispy, like the bacon, and now my journey on the road ahead brings rain,

Out of the corner of my eye I spot her.

She seemed to smell like waffles and maple syrup,

And looked like a maple leaf, red, rusty, spinning, floating through the now damp air.

Under her feather umbrella the sugar bush fairy was slowly licking the red top off the maple syrup bottle with maple syrup kisses.

No one tried to catch her, as one might only seize her with smoke magic in moonlit parks while shimmering indigo stars dance around her.

As if my life is captured in a raindrop caught with the wind I too drift away like the sugar bush fairy.

My tired eyes are now focused on the road. Inside we drank coffee and ate steaming waffles in front of me.

While outside the gray fog draped itself–even over our minds,

Painting things in a sweeping grey that glistens in the sunlight.

A lesson lived,

A lesson learned,

We can’t live on love alone– but maybe, just maybe, life can be lived on maple syrup and dreams of sugar bush fairies.

Linda Seccaspina

Documenting Sugar Camps — Birch Point — Wally Burns

Documenting Sugar Camps — Birch Point — Wally Burns
Wally Burns
March 12 at 11:21 AM  · 

This was our sugar camp when I was growing up-they were a good team. One was Queenie but I can’t remember the name of the other

Our farm was corner of High st and Town Line.The maple bush was across the highway on the lake. Think they call it Birch point. We had a 1/4 mike of lake frontage and rented lots where people now have homes and cabins.

John Poole– I own this property now. The remnants of the old sugar camp are still there. Timmy told me that years ago some kids from town came out and burnt it down. I’ll go for a walk this weekend and get an updated picture.

John Poole thank you. That would be great. Huge memories for me. I remember the day it burned down. We had just come home from church and saw the smoke.Kids playing with matches

Sherri Iona just posted this picture
This was my dad’s sugar bush on Hwy 7 near our farm over looking the Mississippi at Montgomery shores. It burned at some point too and the trees were gone. It’s a car repair place I think now, across from a B&B.

Sherri Iona–Ours was across the 7 from our farm (Orme’s bought it). There is a vehicle repair there now I think. All the great maples are gone. There is a picture of the sugar shack and bush in Wheeler’s museum.

John Poole:-Sherri Iona I own that farm as well. The large old growth maple was mostly harvested long before my time. I run my towing business out of there and farm the land.

Dave LashleyWally Burns the bush was right across from Clarke Greers. Our farm was just to the east off highway 7. The bush was at the northwest part of our farm. The farm was owned by Stan Tackaberry before my Dad, Don Lashley, and Grandfather Burnett Montgomery bought it in 1954. I remember sugaring in the bush with my Dad and grandparents in the 50s. I remember your farm and Birch Point and us hanging out once in awhile. My Dad started the Montgomery Shore cottage lots with 8 lots and the extension of the concession road to the lake. When we sold as Sherri Iona said my grandfather sold the rest of the shore lots west of the original 8. Our cottage built in the early 60s is still there albeit a bit different today.

Historical Photos of sugar making

Stuart McIntosh outside Almonte still uses this.

The G.H. Grimm Company was one of the largest and most influential maple sugar evaporator companies of the late 19th and  all of the 20th centuries. The company began with Gustav Henry Grimm who was born in Baden, Germany in 1850. He came to new world in 1864 with his parents, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. A few years later as a young man, around 1870 Grimm moved to Hudson, Ohio with his new wife.  Grimm came from a family of tin workers, with the 1870 and 1880 census for the Cleveland area showing a number of other Grimms who immigrated from Germany to Ohio also listed as tin workers. Read more here..

Lanark County..
Elaine Playfair’s album thanks to Laurie Yuill Middleville area
Bert Hazelwood Rae side Road ( Rock n Horse Farm)
Joel Barter photo

Sometimes I’m asked if I don’t miss sugaring and I always say “Yes, for about two days. Then I remember what hard work it was, how it felt after a day gathering to come home and have to milk cows, and I get over it!” This was our Sugarhouse with Prince and Nellie. Brent McC
In front left to right Louise Campbell, Stella Campbell Halladay, back row unknown unknown Lena Campbell at sugar shack.
Houses today-This is an Old Sugar Shack located on the Watt property, lot 21, concession 9, Lanark Township.

It is no longer used and it is unknown when it was erected.
Half a mile south up the road from Ferguson Falls.. Memories of McEwens?

A few Memories of Maple Syrup

Sticky and Sweet in Lanark County

So What Did you Eat with Maple Syrup? Pickles?

Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

Life in the Sugar Bush in the 1800s

Granny’s Maple Fudge —Lanark County Recipes

Life in the Sugar Bush in the 1800s

What You Might Not Know About The Maples

That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

Sticky Fingers – With Apologies to Edward Gorey –Wheeler’s Pancake House

Recollections of Bert Hazelwood 1973

Recollections of Bert Hazelwood 1973

Rae Side Road, near Hazelwood one Room Rural School.The family still sell maple syrup. This is a photo of Diane Sheet’s grandfather. 1970s from the Almonte and Carleton Place newspaper

Grace DrummondGreat memories Bert very often boiling when we walked past the sugar shack on our way toSS#5. School.

Lila Leach-JamesAw! Bert Hazelwood! We had same birthdays, different year, lol….miss Bert and Esther!

There are bigger and more modern maple syrup producers in Eastern Ontario but the father-and-son team of Bert and Alex Hazelwood are acknowledged masters of the art and have the reputation of being the first to tap. Bert Hazelwood, who confesses to being at least 70, took over the farm’s operation from his father-in-law more than 30 years ago.

He and his son Alex often have to work their 38 acres of maple bush 24 hours a day to produce the 400 gallons of syrup they anticipate each year. When the Hazelwoods start tapping, other producers in the area follow suit. Last Friday the sap was running well, and by this week’s end all 1,800 spikes should be embedded in the trees. High ground a boom Mr. Hazelwood said his maple bush is early because it’s on high ground with a limestone-enriched soil base. The limestone in the soil also tends to produce a lighter syrup, he said.

The Hazelwoods feel this is going to be a good year, although there is no way of estimating the amount of sap. “It takes the same amount of work, whether the result is 400 or 200 gallons of syrup.” Alex Hazelwood said. “Because’ always the same amount, of equipment must be set up, and later be stored again.” The work this demands is considerable, but the Hazelwoods do it all themselves, except for some help from neighbors.

But this year it’s nearly impossible to hire outside help, said Alex Hazelwood. In 1972 they had a paid helper for two full months. The senior Hazelwood boils the sap one gallon of syrup takes 35-40 gallons of sap while his son and his wife collect and transport it. The sap is hauled on a sled pulled by a bulldozer to two storage tanks which together hold 1,800 gallons. Evaporation goes on continuously.

On Sunday, though, the operation stops, “If the holding tanks and sap pails run over, they just run over, that’s all,” said the father. But they rarely do. His son said that Sunday was not a day for work or for worrying about it. He would not comment on any religious reasons for this. Apparently larger operations run on a seven-day basis throughout the 4 or 6-week season. When it’s not Sunday, their syrup goes for $9 a gallon. Bert Hazelwood can’t predict the crop size, but can assure the quality his syrup is among the best the district.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Mar 1973, Fri  •  Page 3


First Boil — photo from Stuart McIntosh

The Green Settlers of Lanark County

Kathy Bradford Would that be Bert Hazelwood??

Mr. Wm. Edwards in his stories “Rustic Jottings from the Bush” tells some humorous stories of the experiences of green settlers in the early days. He tells one story about the first attempt of his father, John Edwards, to make maple sugar. Mr. Edwards had some fine maples on his farm and being told about the value of the maple for the making of sugar, decided to try sugar making.

Unfortunately he had never studied the effects of evaporation and thought the boiling process would be helped by keeping the kettles closely covered. Day after day he boiled away and expected the sugar to boil at the bottom of the kettles. Evaporation was partially secured by the steam raising the covers of the kettles and then contents grew gradually sweeter. Fresh sap was constantly supplied and though the sugar was looked for but no sugar appeared.

It never occurred to the poor fellow that to get sugar he must cease putting in sap and boil all down to a certain consistency. Business brought a member of the family forty miles from home when he witnessed the operation and the mystery was solved. On his return sugar was soon produced and the family luxuriated on the delicious product of the mania and thanked God for planting in the wilderness a tree so useful, living or dead.

Our boiling friend acquired such intense admiration for the maple that he vowed an axe would never touch them. A giant crop of these maples grew where he intended to clear for crop. All other kinds of trees were removed and the corn and potatoes planted beneath the sturdy sugar maples. Alas the ample foliage of their wide spread limbs so shaded and dwarfed the growing crops beneath that the luckless settler became convinced the same ground could not yield at the same time two such crops.

With feelings lacerated in a twofold sense the beloved maples were cut down and in their falling so smashed the corn and potatoes that little of either was harvested and thus his first season was to a great measure lost.

The next season Mr. Edwards put well away with a new crop in the fully cleared land, but later came once more to grief. At the far side of the newly cleared field was a thick bush. He looked to that bush for protection for his crop and did not put any fence on that side.

A bush will keep off sun. but will not keep out cattle. In July a large flock of neighbours’ cattle came through the bush invaded the unfenced clearing and the result can be guessed. The following morning presented a sight of desolation painful to be seen. That summer a fence was built and the following year a crop was tailed without interference.

Did you know we once had black corn growing here?

One of the first persons in Carleton Place to raise “Black Corn” was James Cavers who lived on High Street in the house once owned and occupied by Cecil Henderson. So what is black corn?

Although Black Aztec corn is drought tolerant, supplemental watering is important to ensure a healthy, mature crop. It will grow in dry conditions, but cobs will be small with small, hard kernels

Black Aztec is an heirloom corn variety recognized for its mature deep-purple to black kernels. This corn is best enjoyed fresh when it is young and still white. When ground, the mature dark kernels produce a coloured cornmeal useful in cooking. Black Aztec corn grows best in temperate climates with moderate to high amounts of rainfall.

James Cavers Geneology

James Cavers, Manufacturer

James Howard Cavers
SPOUSE: Anne O’Connor
DEATH: 16 Nov 1957 – Carleton Place

How Did Settlers Make Their Lime?

Mothell Parish familes that are in the 1816-1822 1816 – 1824 Beckwith Settlers Names

One of the First Settlers of Drumond from the Massacre at Culloden

Shades of Outlander in Carleton Place–John McPherson–Jacobite

Home Economic Winners Lanark County Names Names Names– Drummond Centre

Memories of When the Devil Visited Drummond Township

Innisville Crime — Elwood Ireton of Drummond Centre

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names