Which Maple Syrup Farms in Ontario Are Dog-Friendly?

Which Maple Syrup Farms in Ontario Are Dog-Friendly?

If you’re looking for a new way to explore Ontario’s natural beauty this spring, you might be interested in visiting a maple syrup farm with your pup! 

But finding which maple syrup farms in Ontario are dog-friendly is no easy task! In today’s post, I’ve contacted 31 maple syrup farms and maple syrup festivals in Ontario to find out the exact answer!

If you’re only interested in the dog-friendly maple syrup farms – be sure to check out this post I created which lists out the 10 dog-friendly maple syrup farms in Ontario in detail. You’ll find key features such as tour highlights, farm operation hours, and more!

I decided to keep the maple syrup farms with a firm no pets policy in this list as well since I know how helpful it can be for future researchers to have a list they can cross-check against. 

Before You Visit

Before visiting any of the maple syrup farms listed below, be sure to double-check to contact the farm or festival organizers to ensure that they are running for the year.

Each year, the dates are subject to change based on the weather and maple syrup sap productions. 

Map of Which Maple Syrup Farms in Ontario Are Dog-Friendly

Note: Green pins indicate dog-friendly maple syrup farms or maple syrup festivals.

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, an itinerary planner on iOS and Android

Which Maple Syrup Farms in Ontario Are Dog-Friendly?

Here is a quick summary listing which of the 31 maple syrup farms and festivals we contacted are dog-friendly.

*Note: The Millcroft Inn’s Magic of Maple getaway is the only overnight dog-friendly listing on this list – please see details below for more information if you’re interested in the Magic of Maple Tour:

  • The tour begins at our Main Mill building and head towards our Maple bush and sugar shack
  • It is a walking tour of the sugar bush and you will be making taffy from the finished syrup
  • The tours leave on demand daily at 4 pm and walk you through the sugar bush to show how the trees are tapped and the process of collecting the sap
  • The tour finishes on our outdoor terrace where we will reduce some finished syrup to make taffy on the snow. (For this portion you can keep your pet on the side of the terrace and still enjoy the demonstration)
  • The tour is approximately 1 hr
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maple Syrup and Dogs

When is Maple Syrup Season in Ontario?

Maple syrup season in Ontario is between February and April of each year. Most producers start tapping maple trees when the temperatures dip below zero at night and rise above zero in the day.

Can Dogs Eat Maple Syrup?

Yes dogs can eat maple syrup in small quantities without any adverse effects. Maple syrup is not toxic or dangerous to dogs. However, much like other treats, this should only be fed in small quantities as maple syrup is not a significant source of nutritional benefits for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Sugar-Free Maple Syrup?

Be very careful before providing your dog any form of artificial maple syrup that is not made entirely from maple sap. Some sugar-free syrup substitutes contain xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs. When dogs ingest xylitol, it can cause severe liver failure and other significant health issues. 

Note: Other sugar-free ingredients like sorbitol, maltitol, erythritol are not poisonous or toxic to dogs.

Conclusion

While this is not a conclusive list of all the maple syrup farms and maple syrup festivals in Ontario, this list is a great starting point for future dog owners to reference.

As a reminder, if you’d just like to see the maple syrup farms that are confirmed to be dog-friendly, check out my 10 dog-friendly maple syrup farms in Ontario list for more detail.

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Maria is the founder of SYDE Road, a blog about adventure and often-times dog-friendly traveling. She loves researching and planning for trips and is the 'project manager' for many of the small group adventures documented on this blog. She believes that while it is always best to go into a trip with a plan, the best planned trips are always the ones that have time built-in to explore and get a bit lost. Her itineraries are detailed with safety hints and tips, but are also peppered with unique travel stories and experiences that are the result of free time, getting lost, or stepping off the main trails. She aims to inspire others and give people the confidence to travel the world and get a bit sidetracked!

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