Extra snow buries birch sap harvester's tap lines

Spring's late arrival in Thunder Bay has caused some problems for a local birch syrup producer.

Boreal Birch Syrup trees still snow-bound, forcing alternative sap collection method

An Armstrong-area birch tree tapper says heavy snow remaining in the bush has buried his tap lines, delaying the sap harvest. (Supplied)

Spring's late arrival in Thunder Bay has caused some problems for a local birch syrup producer.

The owner of Boreal Birch Syrup said there are still a few feet of snow up the Armstrong highway, where he taps the trees — and his tap lines are buried.

"We're setting up a whole set of new lines to accommodate that, and we'll be using a pump system far more than we ever have before," Dave Challen said.

"Usually we collect with an ATV and a sap trailer. That's not possible this year.

Challen said he's at least a week behind schedule, but he doesn't anticipate any delays in getting his product to store shelves this year.