Lalande Managed Forest
Eco-Lodge Game Farm in Tay Valley Township, Lanark County, Ontario

Grampa Chief's maple syrup

Artisan craft. Small batch. Certified. Truly amazing pure Maple Syrup.

The forests owned and managed by Lalande Managed Forest has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program.  All maple products produced by Lalande Managed Forest are FSC® certified. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. 

As part of this certification, our maple syrup and maple products are also certified by the auditor, Rainforest Alliance.  Products bearing the seal originate on, or contain ingredients sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms or forests. 

To ask about volunteering and to receive information we send to our volunteers, visit our Contact us page on this website and send us a message.
Where does Grampa Chief's maple syrup go?

World MapClick here for the Grampa Chief World Map to see where the bottles of liquid gold have travelled in the past. And if your country isn't showing, add yourself to the map by telling us!

See photos of Grampa Chief's Syrup Around the World. Please send us photos of syrup you brought or sent abroad.  Remember, maple syrup, particularly ours, is always appreciated as a gift!

History of Grampa Chief's Maple Syrup

Lalande Managed Forest began producing Grampa Chief's Maple Syrup in the winter of 2008.  While we're relatively new to the process, volunteers with decades of experience continue to show us the craft.  Traditional knowledge in maple syrup making continues to guide us in producing the finest small batch artisan maple syrup in Lanark County.  Our Maple Syrup Masters continue to work with our volunteers to show us how to make maple syrup in the great Canadian tradition.

While recent production is less than a decade old, archaeological evidence of mid- to late 1800 maple syrup production exists on the property.  In 2010, a group of volunteer archaeologists unearthed an early-day evaporator and sap sled, likely dating back to the first settlers of the property, and relocated it to the current sugar shack operation for display.  The old evaporator, anywhere from 100 to 150 years old, has striking resemblance in form to our modern Lapierre evaporator, but in metallurgy and design not common today.

Producing high quality maple syrup is a labour of love.  Our Maple Syrup Masters would agree, as any wine maker would, that our syrup is delicious because of our unique terroir, science, art, and craft.  Lalande Managed Forest is proud member of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association, and is a Model Forest.  While we are not yet certified organic, we fit all the criteria.

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