The Fulton story begins in the early 1840s when Scottish immigrant John Fulton and his two brothers left East Kilbride, Scotland to begin a new life in rural Ontario, Canada.

The Beginning

The brothers settled on 400 acres of mixed forest that included thousands of sugar maple trees in Cedar Hill, near the quaint village of Pakenham and about 45 minutes west from the nation’s capital.  Legend has it that the Fulton brothers learned the art of maple syrup making from First Nations people as well as other settlers who called the area home.

Many of the older trees—some more than 200 years old—have been tapped every year since the 1800s as successive generations continued the practice of maple syrup and sugar making.​

In the 1940’s, Leonard Fulton, a third generation Fulton, and his wife Hazel inherited the family farm. Together, with Johnny, Leonard’s older brother, the couple farmed dairy cows and beef cattle, maple sap, and a small gravel pit.  At this time, the farm was known as Fulton’s Bros.​

At first the maple syrup and sugar produced was for family use only, but as the years went by the Fulton’s maple syrup made its way to Ottawa’s ByWard Market. As demand increased for the sweet sugary liquid, the Fulton’s started receiving requests from Canadians eager to have the product shipped to them. It wasn’t long before shipments of Fulton’s pure maple syrup were being sent across the country.

1960's

1960's

Men are doing dishes, washing the pans of evaporators. Leonard Fulton is on the right with two helpers.

1958

1958

Shirley could always be found working on the farm with the men.

1940's

1940's

Johnny Fulton actively worked on the farm despite contracting Polio as a young boy.

1950's

1950's

Uncle Johnny, Shirley and her brother John cleaning out the woodshed at the end of season. The snow has melted and the buckets washed and drying.

1960's

1960's

Horse powered sleigh used to collect sap.

1950's

1950's

Len Fulton is drawing off the syrup to test for grading. His brother Wilmer is firing the evaporator.

1960’s

1960’s

Horses were used to carry sap to the sugar camp. Horse on the left is named Doll, and on the right was Bell.

1950's

1950's

Every spring, after sugaring off, the sap buckets would be cleaned by hand and set out to dry.

In 1969, Leonard built the first pancake house to serve homemade doughnuts, lemonade, and pancakes to visitors purchasing maple products at the Fulton farm. Visitors also delighted in tasting maple sugar candies, maple butter, maple brittle, and taffy rolled on snow.

​Leonard and Hazel’s three children – John, Shirley, and Ross – also grew up helping in the sugar bush.  John and Shirley both left the farm in the 1960's to pursue careers outside of the farm.  Ross decided to take over the family farm before tragically drowning in 1980 at the age of 19. Upon his death, Shirley, her husband George Deugo, and their young family, moved back to the farm and took over the business before Leonard passed away in 1983.  This is when the family decided to focus exclusively on maple production.

​Hazel lived out her days in a nearby retirement home and faithfully dipped her bread in her favourite light (now graded as Amber) maple syrup every night at bed. She passed away peacefully in October 2002, leaving her family with many fond memories and treasured family photos.

Shirley, George and family continued to expand and improve the family business.  In 2007, George Deugo passed away, which is when Scott took over his dad's role as the maple syrup producer and management of the farm.

In 2013, Shirley married Al Potvin and welcomed his 3 adult children and one granddaughter to the family.  Al works behind the scene with his business expertise, advising on designs and innovative ideas.

1970's

1970's

George Deugo firing the wood fired evaporator as he learns the art of maple syrup production from Len Fulton.

1970's

1970's

Scott Deugo helping grandpa Fulton watch the evaporator.

1980's

1980's

Len Fulton helps his granddaughter, Pamela, take a taste of sap.

1980's

1980's

George Deugo checking sap levels in the evaporator.

1980's

1980's

George Deugo with daughters, Lorraine and Pamela, gathering sap from buckets.

 

Present Day

Today, Shirley Deugo, a fourth generation Fulton, and her son, Scott Deugo continue to operate the historic Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush.  Fulton's is made up of 400 acres of mixed forest, over 9 km of walking and Nordic trails, features a 120-seat restaurant, beautiful Maple Shoppe, Maple Sugar Camp (production facility) and Main Office.

​Shirley's daughters, Lorraine and Pamela, remain involved with the family farm, helping when needed on site and in the background.  They provide fresh eyes and are full of ideas.

​Shirley and George also had nine grandchildren - 7 grandsons and 2 granddaughters - all who have been great taste testers and are great quality control officers.  The grandchildren happily help out on the farm and can be found doing many tasks, from bottling syrup to flipping pancakes.

​“Every member of the family loves the farm, the people we host from all over the world, and more importantly, the art involved in making maple syrup,” says Shirley. “We invite you, your family, and friends to share in our family treasure.”

Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush has grown from a small personal production sugar camp to an international Canadian destination.  ​​Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter, Fulton’s has just what you need. The facility and grounds are home to self-guided and group maple tours, schools, seniors, corporate retreats and family day trips during the traditional spring maple syrup season.

​Other features include walking, hiking and skiing trails and an Online Store where you can buy maple gourmet, maple inspired spa products and gifts, and of course, Maple Syrup.

The Next Generation

 

As children in the 1980's, fifth generation Fulton’s, Lorraine, Scott and Pamela produced their own maple syrup under the name Triple Trouble.

Original Triple Trouble - 1980's to 2016

In 2016, 6th generation budding entrepreneurs, Parker, Tyson, and Logan Deugo, began to follow in their father`s footsteps and the Triple Trouble brand was reborn.   These three “sap reduction specialists” are learning the art of maple syrup making from their dad, Scott Deugo.   Parker, Chief Financial Officer, Tyson, Chief Marketing Officer and Logan, Operations Specialist, are producing and selling Triple Trouble Maple Syrup, made in a 2’ x 6’ wood fired evaporator during the spring harvest.  During maple harvest, their maple syrup can be purchased in the sugar camp on weekends and holidays or in the Maple Shoppe the remainder of the year.

 

January 2016

January 2016

Triple Trouble make their debut! (Left to right: Tyson Deugo, Logan Deugo (front), and Parker Deugo.

Triple Trouble Maple Syrup

Triple Trouble Maple Syrup

Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Parker, Logan and Tyson enjoying maple taffy.

Young Parker Bottling Syrup

Young Parker Bottling Syrup

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Parker displaying the boys hard work.

Young Tyson

Young Tyson

March 2016

March 2016

Tyson working in the sugar camp. Selling Triple Trouble Maple Syrup.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Tyson stocking the shelves in the Maple Shoppe.

Young Logan Eating Taffy in dump truck

Young Logan Eating Taffy in dump truck

Logan and Scott tapping trees.

Logan and Scott tapping trees.

March 2016

March 2016

Logan making price signs.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Dad watching over operations (with much pride!).

Shirley Scott Parker Tryson and Logan 2016_edited

Shirley Scott Parker Tryson and Logan 2016_edited

The boys learning the art of making maple syrup from dad, and business management from Nana.

Fulton's Pancake House

& Sugar Bush

399 Sugar Bush Road

Pakenham, ON K0A 2XO

CANADA

Email: info@fultons.ca

Tel: 613-256-3867

  • Black TripAdvisor Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

Sitemap   |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

©COPYRIGHT of Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush. 2016