Salem Alpacas Farm
Saturday/Sunday – Salem Alpacas, Harlaine Farms and Jibb family’s Shady Way Farm
2019 marks the 24th year that the Sunderland Maple Syrup festival has offered bus tours at an economical price.
This year, tour buses will be visiting Harlaine Maple products, Salem Alpacas and Jibb Shady Way Farm. Three 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.