Wellness in Canada: where your hands smell of maple syrup

Maple Syrup
The Sugar Hut of Fulton's in Ontario © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
The Sugar Hut of Fulton's in Ontario © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

Actually, it is a very unusual place for a wellness experience. We drive about one and a half hours into the forests around Ottawa in regions where even our navigation device does not know any more. If we did not have the exact directions from the website of Fulton's Sugar Shack, we would never have arrived here. The journey goes through small villages and past individual farms, which are becoming rarer the closer we get to the maple forest of the Fulton's. The last few kilometers we lay back on wet and unpaved roads that are so humid in some places that I do not want to get out of here. I do not want to get stuck knee-deep in the mud. The first hut we come across and the big one with the name Fulton's is just surrounded by damp mud left by the snowmelt. Thankfully, the owner comes to meet us and sends us a few hundred meters further to a large - gravel - covered parking in front of the sugar bush of the Fultons, where we can leave our car dry.

 

How maple syrup is collected © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
How maple syrup is collected © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

Here - in the middle of the forest - is a large wooden hut from which it steams and smokes. An indication that just the juice of the surrounding maple trees flows and is boiled to syrup. A wide network of thick and thin rubber hoses runs through this maple forest. As soon as the first dew periods begin in the spring, the holes are set in the trees, only a certain number per tree depending on the thickness of the trunk so that it can deliver its sweet juice for years. On days when the thermometer rises above zero degrees, it drags the juice into the upper reaches of the tree, and it drips slowly but steadily through the hoses used, through which it is routed to the catch tanks in the sugar cane.

 

Sweet maple leaves © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Sweet maple leaves © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

From this, the Fultons have been making maple syrup for four generations, which belongs to every breakfast table in Canada. And there are other delicacies, which definitely provide a body-inner well-being: there are caramel sweets in maple leaf shape, but also jams made from maple syrup with the flavors of various berries that grow in the region. But that's why this time are not here. The Fultons are inventive and have tested what they can do with the coarse remnants of syrup production. And they have found that it can provide wonderful for external well-being - by cosmetic products that rub off dead skin cells, cleanse the skin soothing and rebuilding.

 

Fultons maple syrup cosmetics Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Fultons maple syrup cosmetics Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Fultons maple syrup cosmetics Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

We want to test the products and immerse our hands in lukewarm water, where the daughter of the current owner scrubs her hands off with a peeling cream, which consists of the waste of maple syrup production. Like sand, the rough cream blemishes blemishes away. Then she creams our hands with a lotion made of maple syrup - and after that I can not stop smelling my hands. They all smell delicious all day after the sweet aroma of the syrup, which I usually only enjoy for breakfast. This convinces me so that I buy a lip balm from her cosmetics series. And so I walk the rest of our trip with the good taste of maple syrup on the lips and hands across Canada - a true wellness experience that you can experience locally from mid-February to the second half of April.

 

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Source: own research on site with the kind support of Ottawa Tourism

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Wellness in Canada: where your hands smell of maple syrup
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