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Shaws Maple Syrup earns Heritage Business Award

'Being recognized as part of Simcoe County’s heritage is a great honour for the Shaw family,' says fifth-generation owner of popular Oro-Medonte facility
Tom Shaw 3-12-22
Shaws Maple Syrup owner Tom Shaw tests the sugar content of the sap in this file photo.


The Simcoe County Historical Association is pleased to announce Shaws Maple Syrup of Oro-Medonte as the winner of its 2022 Heritage Business Award.

Located in Oro-Medonte, Shaws Maple Syrup is home to a seasonal restaurant, the Pancake House, and to modern maple syrup production equipment. Five generations of Shaws, spanning nearly 120 years, have contributed to the viability and well-being of one of nature’s greatest natural sweeteners — maple syrup.

The Heritage Business Award recognizes businesses that have influenced the development of Simcoe County through generations of entrepreneurial innovation and excellence.

Beginning in 1904 with James Shaw, innovation drove the production and collection of maple syrup. From the “three pot method” to evaporators and collection tubing, automated vacuum systems and reverse osmosis, the Shaws have been leaders in the industry and were instrumental in forming the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.

“Being recognized as part of Simcoe County’s heritage is a great honour for the Shaw family,” said Tom Shaw. “We are committed to maintaining the standards set for us long ago. We enjoy sharing our family story and strive to create a memorable, enjoyable and quality experience for young and old alike.”

Join the celebration on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shaw Pancake House located at 493 Line 14 S., Oro-Medonte, with a pancake and maple syrup luncheon beginning at 11:30. Formal congratulations and the personal Shaw story will follow. All interested neighbours and friends are welcome.

The Simcoe County Historical Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and dissemination of the history and heritage of Simcoe County. The Simcoe County Historical Association welcomes new members.

For more information about the organization or how you can get involved, visit or contact Ted Duncan, president, at 705-326-9809 or [email protected].

For information about the April 5 event, contact Donna Wice at [email protected].



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