Log Sugar Shanty
PEN AND INK
Lake Whitaker, Elgin County in winter during an early thaw is a great place to take kids that are full of energy and totally bored. Our kids had been cabin bound for almost a week due to stormy weather and when we awoke to birds singing, eaves dripping and sun shining, the kids wanted out. We went to Lake Whitaker Conservation Area and let them run loose but within sight. There were horse drawn rides, several different displays of the history of syrup making and then the best, samples of syrup and maple sugar toffee.
This is a wonderful example of a pioneer log sugar shanty where the men took shelter as they tended the fires and waited for the syrup to boil down.
We hiked around the sugar bush and spotted cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, nut hatches and woodpeckers. We all piled in the car and headed for home. The car was quiet, two kids were sleeping and the other two were lost in their own thoughts. What a great day! Try it some time. I’m sure it hasn’t changed that much over the years. - Jenny