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Hagerman’s Great Bear Maple Sugarbush

During the spring season, prior to the opening of the campground, Hagerman’s Sugar Bush is in full operation. This tradition has taken place at our farm for four generations.


As a value added experience while camping at Great Bear you can:


• Purchase pure maple syrup produced onsite

• Request a tour of our maple production facilities

• Tour our maple store that is furnished with several local antiques depicting maple production techniques over the last century

• Enjoy walking through our numerous maple groves and walking trails.


School Tours

School Tours

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During the spring maple season we offer school tours of the sugarbush that are customized for grade levels from kindergarten to high school. In addition, these tours are popular with church, multicultural, and other adult groups. This 2-3 hour tour offers a pleasant combination of education and indulgence.


Tour Highlights:

Explanation of maple production beginning with First Nations to the present, the importance of maple to the rural community and an understanding of where and how this special food product came to be.

  • Demonstrations and displays of both modern and antique tools and equipment
  • Taste samples of maple products from sap to sugar followed by generous servings of taffy on the snow and a Great Bear specialty, maple dipped marshmallows
  • Picnic tables will seat up to 200 for lunch break.
  • Ample parking for several buses at our location, 3549 Route 105 Bear Island, New Brunswick


Maple Expert on Site

people with maple syrup

Highly regarded as an expert in the maple industry, Mel Hagerman has been instrumental in mentoring many maple producers in the area, some of whom have gone on to establish their own maple sugar bush.

Magic of Maple

For your information, we have downloaded a paper written by Mel Hagerman called The Magic of Maple that provides a detailed description of the current and historical methods for making pure maple syrup.

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