Maple Mavens: What Are The ‘Sappiest’ Provinces in Canada?

By Mark Keast
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

If there’s one thing Canada has cornered the world market on, it’s maple syrup. The nation produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup, according to data from the Pure Maple From Canada website.

That’s a number that bettors at Ontario sports betting sites would be extremely happy to have as a winning percentage on wagers.

Canada is actually a major exporter of a wide range of goods and services. Since the country is rich in natural resources, there’s crude oil, natural gas, and minerals like gold, copper and nickel. Canada is a big exporter of machinery and equipment, wood and paper products, vehicles and parts, pharmaceuticals, plus agriculture products like wheat, beef, soybeans, and canola.

But you’d be hard-pressed to find something more stereotypically Canadian than maple syrup.

 
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Maple Syrup Farms Prevalent

Canada has more than 6,000 maple farms across the country. The value of maple-related exports from Canada reached $591 million in 2021, an increase of 14.4% from 2020. And Canadian maple products were exported to 71 countries around the world.

But which province or territory in the country leads the pack in maple syrup production?

OntarioBets.com used Agriculture.Canada.ca and PureMapleFromCanada to see which Canadian provinces produces the most maple syrup. The top four provinces account for nearly all of the maple farms in Canada.

 
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Maple Syrup Production By Province

Province % of Nation’s Syrup Kilograms in 2021
Quebec 88.6% 60,252,243
New Brunswick 6.6% 4,723,074
Ontario 4.1% 2,776,158
Nova Scotia 0.3% 216,324

Quebec Is Runaway Syrup Leader

According to the data at Agriculture.canada.ca, as of 2021 Quebec is by far No. 1, producing 88.6%, or 60,252,243 kilograms, of the sweet stuff. Chaudière-Appalaches, south of Quebec City, known for its maple groves and traditional sugar shacks; Lanaudière, north of Montreal, known for its high-quality maple syrup; and Mauricie, in central Quebec, are all major producers of maple syrup in the province.

No. 2 is New Brunswick, at 6.6%, or 4,723,074 kilograms of maple syrup. No. 3 Ontario is the home of Ontario sports betting apps as well as 4.1%, or 2,776,158 kilos, of maple syrup. A distant fourth is Nova Scotia, at 0.3 %, or 216,324 kgs.

 
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What Makes Canadian Maple Syrup So Good

Why is Canadian maple syrup so good? The climate is ideal, with long cold winters followed by mild spring temperatures. That creates perfect conditions for sap to flow from maple trees. Canada’s rich and fertile soil provides maple trees with the nutrients they need to produce high-quality sap.

The sugar maple tree, native to Canada, produces the sweetest sap. The traditional methods of production have been passed down through generations. They include collecting sap in buckets hung on trees, then boiling it over an open flame, monitoring it for perfect consistency and flavour.

Those are just some of the reasons Canadian maple syrup – from the nation that also offers legal, regulated Ontario casino apps for players in the nation’s most populous province – is so good.

It is also a symbol of Canadian culture and heritage. So the next time you sit down for a plate of pancakes, you’ll likely be topping them with premium maple syrup from Canada.

 
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Author

Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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