Saturday – Salem Alpacas, Harlaine Farms & Teledale Farms
Sunday – Salem Alpacas & Harlaine Farms
2016 marks the 22nd year that the Sunderland Maple Syrup festival has offered bus tours at an economical price. In the past, there have been excursions to B.H. Farm in Sunderland, Ed and Dorothea Barkey’s sugar shack in Cannington, and to Harlaine Maple Products in Sunderland to see how tree sap is magically transformed into delicious and nutritious maple syrup. There have also been tours to an alpaca farm, a petting zoo, a koi farm, and a goat farm.
This year, tour buses will be visiting Harlaine Maple products, Salem Alpacas and the Teledale Farms. Two local businesses help make the annual bus trips happen. Stock Transportation provides the buses and the drivers, and the staff from the CIBC bank in Sunderland take on the responsibility of ticket sales.
CIBC Manager Jodi Buck says, “We love our community and we want to be part of our community.” “We are thrilled that the proceeds all go to the community. We all benefit greatly from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and the wonderful work it does.”
“Everyone likes jumping on the bus and going on the tour together,” said Sharon Graham, Charter Coordinator at Stock. “It gives people from out of town a chance to see our community and what it has to offer.” Visitors from as far away as Windsor have joined the thousands of people who take the Stock bus to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival trip destinations.
Maureen Nicholls, Operations Manager at Stock, pointed out how much the festival has grown over the years. Usually two buses run, but sometimes it is necessary to add more. Local drivers Harry Sarvis, Angela Hubers and Al Simpson have been providing transportation for the Festival every year since it started. Stock has even had a bus driver from Pickering volunteer to participate. “He wanted to be part of it,” said Maureen.
“We have our business in the community and we want to show our support for the festival,” she added. Driver Angela Hubers always looks forward to the Festival. Taking people on the tours “is fun,” she commented.