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Sault Ste. Marie's Thompson's Maple Products

Northern Ontario maple syrup lovers may get their sugary fix sooner than expected.

Mild temperatures have caused the syrup to run early and some sugar shacks have already begun tapping their trees.

One of these shacks is Thompson's Maple Products on St. Joseph Island near Sault Ste. Marie. Owner Doug Thompson said weather is a key factor when it comes to a successful season.

"This winter has been very mild and no snow," Thompson said. "I've heard of people saying that they had no snow 50 years ago and they tapped earlier then, so it was a poor run. But you don't know until May, when the season's done"

Thompson started to tap his trees on Monday, the earliest date in 35 years.

Maple facts

  • It takes 40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup.
  • Thompson's Maple Products use about 150 km of sapline in its maple bush to collect sap.
  • St. Joseph Island produces about 15 per cent of Ontario’s maple syrup.
  • When sap is running at full tilt, up to 20,000 gallons of sap can be collected in one day.

source: Thompson's Maple Products