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Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Near the end of March, we make our way to Syrup Camp, hauling equipment in by snowmobile.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Near the end of March, we make our way to Syrup Camp, hauling equipment in by snowmobile.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Once in camp the work begins; Hauling buckets to the birch trees.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


We burn a lot of firewood making birch syrup. We must get all our wood to camp, bucked and split, before the sap starts running.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


When the sap starts running, It's Tapping Day!

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Drill the hole. Insert the spout. Hang the bucket.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


We harvest the sap from about 1500 trees.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Note that the sap comes out clear. It is in the boiling process that the sap takes on the dark colour of Birch Syrup.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Every day we collect the sap from all 1000 buckets. Plus the 500 trees on the tubing system.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Down at the Batch Plant (sugar shack) is the wood fired evaporator. It is in this big boiler that the sap is rendered down to syrup.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Making syrup takes many hours. We boil deep into the night.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Boiling hot syrup!

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


The hot syrup is put through a felt filter and sealed in buckets. In town we will bottle the syrup in a commercial kitchen.

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


After 11-21 days the sap stops running. Time to clean up camp and all those buckets!

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Syrup Camp Crew 2007
Brook, David, Shea, Berwyn, Sylvia, Selwyn (not yet born) and Graham (not in picture).

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Syrup Camp Crew 2010
Akane, Kat, Sylvia, Ed, Berwyn

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Syrup Camp Crew 2011
Akane, Sylvia, Thea, Jenessa, Ed, Berwyn

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Syrup Camp Crew 2012
Berwyn, Sylvia with Lillia, Alex, Naomi, Ed, Rose

Uncle Berwyn's Syrup Camp


Syrup Camp Crew 2013
Ed, Sarah, Renee, Fanny, Sylvia, Lillia, Berwyn