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Pure Maple Syrup Since 1936

Did You Know ?

  • It takes 40 litres of maple sap to make 1 litre of syrup.
  • The ideal syrup making temperatures range between -5 Celsius at night time to +5 Celsius during the day.
  • Gilbertson's have over 45,000 taps covering more than 500 acres.
  • It will take 4 to 5 days for a crew of 12 men to tap the maple trees.
  • Our sap is gathered by over 200 kms of above ground pipeline and runs underground through more than 40 kms of pipeline to storage tanks.
  • Vacuum systems are used to draw sap through the entire system of pipeline.
  • Reverse Osmosis processing is a filtering system used to remove water from the sap before boiling allowing a shorter boiling time.
  • Syrup is filtered at the end of boiling to remove a mineral product called "sugar sand". This filtering process creates the clear golden look. 
  • Syrup is put into containers at 180 degrees Celsius to allow proper sealing.
  • The best method to preserve syrup for a long period of time is to place your container in the freezer.
  • When proper bush management is in place the tapping process is not harmful to the health of the maple tree. As a rule of thumb a tree measuring 12 to 14 inches in diameter will contain 1 tap. The trees can be tapped year after year. However, a new tap hole must be annually drilled into the fresh white wood of the maple tree.
  • In a good syrup making year we hope to produce 1 litre of syrup for every tap we have in the bush.

We are Ontario's largest producer of maple syrup. Four Generations
Strong we are a family business committed to producing the finest
natural sweetener
... it's more than just a pancake topping.

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